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In preparation for the visit from the regional assistant archivist from the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center (WACC) we spent some time organizing some protective archival materials and supplies we had at our off-site warehouse. This week was jam packed with work, and the opportunity to engage with the senior staff at Chamizal and from the Western Archaeological and Conservation Center (WACC). I was able to be involved with the briefing and debriefing meetings this week by Khaleel the assistant archivist from WACC along with the Superintendent here at CHAM, Gus F. Sanchez, the Cultural Resource manager, Mark Calamia, and Interpretation officer, Rod Sauter. We spent most of the week with Khaleel working on identifying the items that WACC would be taking back to their facilities for final archiving. Some of the materials that were of high priority and interest to him were the central files and personal papers I was able to locate during the inventory of non-accessioned items earlier in my internship. This work was what I really wanted to engage in, and for that I am thankful and grateful to both LHIP/EFTA and the NPS. At this point I am looking forward to what the rest of my summer internship will bring, and like always, ¡¡¡Pa’lante mi gente!!!

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So this past week we were able to get on site and meet some of the staff at CHAM. I continued the inventory of non-accessioned item of the collection and began reading the last SOCS as a means to move forward with its update. I finished the transcriptions of the oral histories of former smelter workers, and the Smeltertown residents which taught me so much of the industrial history of El Paso from the end of the nineteenth century to the twentieth. It blew my mind seeing the documents, memorandums and personal documents at CHAM from its inception in 1966 as we continued the inventory of non-accessioned items. There were a few correspondences from the white house which revealed quite a bit of the development and founding of the Chamizal National Memorial Park and its first superintendent, Franklin G. Smith.

Like always, ¡¡¡Pa’lante mi gente!!!

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This second week of my L.H.I.P. internship at CHAM was really fun, we continued our oral history project at a community partner institution. In addition we started discussing and implementing the direction of my project for the summer which would consist of finishing the inventory of non-accessioned items at CHAM in order to update the Scope of Collections Statement. I made some interesting discoveries while conducting the inventory, among some random items I found the central files and personal papers of the first Superintendent at CHAM. This summer will be full of discoveries, and I look forward to further developing my skills as a cultural resource specialist while learning from my mentor here at CHAM, Mark Calamia, Cultural Resource Manager for the NPS. I will keep this post short and sweet, while I continue my work and look forward to hearing from my colleagues and their adventures with L.H.I.P. this summer. Like always, ¡¡¡Pa’lante mi gente!!!

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My name is Alejandro Garcia. I live in El Paso, Texas and I will be working at the Chamizal National Memorial here on the US-Mexico border. I am currently completing my Master's degree in history at UTEP, where I focus on public history and borderlands history. This internship will be my first, and I am looking forward to working with the National Park Service (NPS) and engaging in cultural resource work at the park. I have begun my internship offsite at a community partner institution, and we are currently transcribing oral histories for an upcoming exhibit and in order to add to the archive of another community partner institution. The project I will be engaged in will consist of an inventory of non-accessioned items as a means of updating the “Scope Of Collections Statement” here at CHAM. I am looking forward to meeting our goals for this project this summer. Additionally, I am looking forward to meeting all the other Latino Heritage Internship Program I(LHIP) nterns this August in Washington D.C.!

¡¡¡Pa’lante mi gente!!!

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:30

Alejandro Garcia

My name is Alejandro Garcia, and I am a historian and cultural anthropologist based in El Paso, Texas. I earned a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on African American Studies, and a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Archaeological Field Methods, and Cultural Resource Management at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the History Department at UTEP, with an emphasis on borderlands studies and public history. I am actively conducting research on the ongoing process of constitutional recognition for afro-descendant communities in Mexico by defining cultural difference through music and other cultural expressions. I am also currently the graduate student Research Assistant for the Museo Urbano, The Center for Borderlands History, The Public History Lab and The Institute of Oral History at UTEP. I have also served as lecturer, curator, assistant curator, and as a researcher for exhibits at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, The History Museum of El Paso, and the Centennial Museum at UTEP.

 

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:08

Esperanza Chairez

Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Esperanza Chairez grew up near the U.S./Mexico border and the Organ Mountains, which explains her passion for immigrant rights and the environment. She is currently an Environmental Studies major at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She aims to write an undergraduate thesis about the ever-increasing correlation between immigration and climate change. During her time at the Chamizal National Memorial, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of the history of the border, and engage with the El Paso community. In her spare time you can find her playing guitar, reading, or bicycling.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 04:13

Elizabeth Gandara

Elizabeth Gandara is a recent graduate from California State University Monterey Bay with a degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Community Health. She was involved in campus organizations such as the student union, serving as the Co-Chair of the organization. She was also involved in her community and served nearly 300 hours of volunteer service, helping to coordinate an inclusionary nutrition program with a non-profit organization that serves people with developmental delays. Her goal is to attend graduate school and work in her community to improve the quality of life of the underrepresented populations in the area.

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