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History Notes Lecture at the Branigan Cultural Center will be February 14

“Shifting River, Shifting Narrative: A History of the Chamizal Dispute,” by El Paso County Historical Society President Robert Diaz, will be the topic of the monthly History Notes lecture, at 1 p.m. February 14, 2019 at the Branigan Cultural Center, 501. N. Main St.

The presentation will focus on the history of the 100-year long Chamizal dispute, that took place along the U.S.-Mexico Border in El Paso between 1864 and 1964. The dispute was caused by a shift in the Rio Grande, as a survey presented in 1852 marked differences between the bed of the Rio Grande and the river’s present channel. The Chamizal – a tract of land between El Paso and Ciudad Juárez – became mired in tension and controversy as U.S. and Mexico officials argued about its “rightful” owner. Caught in between were thousands of residents living in the area, many who were forced to relocate after U.S. and Mexican government officials settled the dispute.

Today, national parks in El Paso and Mexico commemorate the conflict and resolution. In this presentation, Diaz will discuss the nature of the conflict, the formation of the public parks to celebrate the Chamizal’s history, and how we should understand the U.S.-Mexico border in light of current events.

“History Notes,” monthly lectures on historical topics, take place at 1 p.m. the second Thursday of each month. Lectures are free to the public. Check the City’s Museum System website or the City museums’ Facebook page for a full listing of these and other public programs at the Branigan Cultural Center and the City of Las Cruces museums.

Admission is free to the Branigan Cultural Center. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information call 575/541-2154.