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Importance of History 2018

“Contextualizing the Past: The Burges House, the El Paso County Historical Society, and the Importance of Local History” will be the topic of a free Brown Bag Lecture, at noon March 13 at the Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St.

Robert Diaz, president of the El Paso County Historical Society, will lead the presentation. Diaz, an El Paso native, is a graduate student at the University of Texas, El Paso. His areas of research include the formation of the U.S./Mexico border, in the El Paso area between 1840 and 1860, and the development of science in the 19th century U.S., focusing on scientists who travelled to the Pacific coast to study native peoples.

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum hosts the free “Brown Bag Lecture” the second Tuesday of every month.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, call 575/647-4480, or visit: http://las-cruces.org/museums.