Annual Meeting Program Highlights

Pre-Conference Workshops

Pre-conference Workshop: Is it Time for You to Move to QuickBooks?

Tuesday, April 2, 12:30 - 4:30 PM

This workshop is a condensed version of the hands-on workshop Mona teaches at the United Way of Greater Houston. Due to the shortened timeframe, the class will be more lecture/demonstration than hands-on exercises. Participants are welcome to bring a laptop with any version of QuickBooks Desktop installed in order to follow along in class if desired, however, in the lecture/demonstration format, it is not required.  QuickBooks Online may be briefly discussed, but the focus of the workshop is QuickBooks Desktop.

Pre-conference Workshop: Board Development and Training: It Shouldn't Stop after Orientation

Tuesday, April 2, 12:30 - 4:30 PM

Board development is one of the most important, yet overlooked, aspects of museum administration. In this workshop, noted "museum therapist" Brian Crockett and statewide museum leaders will provide insightful and practical advice on developing, training, and maintaining a solid Board for your organization.  All levels of museum board, staff, and volunteers are welcome to continue their knowledge on this topic from award winning leaders in the field.

Pre-conference Workshop: Caring for Works on Paper

Tuesday, April 2, 12:30 - 4:30 PM

 Fully hands-on workshop to learn how to process a new box of odds and ends that just arrived at the museum. Everything from how to prepare your work surface to avoid contamination of other things on that surface in future, to how to begin removing things from the box, and how to prepare those new works for storage. Various types of housing options will be learned and made by attendees.

 Pre-Conference Tours

Trost Society Downtown Walking Tour

Tuesday, April 2, 2:00 – 4:00 PM 

Experience El Paso’s historic past with a downtown walking tour led by the Trost Society.  This one-hour tour reviews El Paso’s architectural history dating to 1903 with the establishment of Trost & Trost Architects and Engineers. Learn the story of architect Henry C. Trost and his brother, Gustavus as they designed some of the most iconic buildings in downtown El Paso. Trained in Chicago, Henry C. Trost was likely in the same circle as Louis Sullivan and versed in Chicago design and a multitude of other architectural styles.  His broad expertise marked El Paso as seen in its eclectic variety of Trost edifices that have become his primary legacy.

Of the thirty-eight commercial buildings Henry designed, twenty-eight are still standing. Begin your tour at the former field of Juan María Ponce de León’s 1830 ranch that became San Jacinto Plaza in 1903. The tour also includes the Plaza’s Los Lagartos sculpture by famed El Paso artist Luis Jimenez. 

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Post-Conference Tours

Explore our Prehistoric Past- Experience our Today

Friday, April 5, Bus departs 1 PM; Returns 6:00 PM

Travel to Hueco Tanks State Park and Historic Site for a private tour of ancient pictographs and petroglyphs, created by Native Americans including the prehistoric Jornada Mogollon and later Tigua, Comanche, Kiowa, and Apache. Next visit the El Paso Museum of Archaeology (EPMArch) and neighboring National Border Patrol Museum. Thousands of ancient artifacts and modern ethnographic objects are housed at EPMArch representing the American Southwest, Plains, northern Mexico, and Mesoamerica. Join us for a behind the scenes tour of the Museum’s collection, which includes one of the largest collection of Casas Grandes ceramics in the Southwest.  Enjoy dioramas representing the major time periods in our regional prehistory. Take a walk on EPMArch’s grounds which include 15 acres of nature trails, outdoor exhibits and a desert garden with more than 200 varieties of native plants and the best view of the Franklin Mountains in El Paso. The National Border Patrol Museum is the only museum in the country dedicated to the history of the Border Patrol and is the proud repository of more than 94 years of history including photographs, uniforms, weapons and vehicles.  Enjoy refreshments and live entertainment under EPMArch’s new gazebo, weather permitting. Tour capacity limited to 20 participants. Cost $50 per person, all inclusive (dependent upon all 20 tickets being sold). 

Post-Conference Tour: Passport to Juarez, Mexico

Friday, April 5, Bus departs 1 PM; Returns 6:00 PM

Spend the afternoon in Juárez, Mexico. As the tour promptly departs from the Doubletree Hotel in downtown El Paso, a tour guide will lead the group on the El Paso Street Car to one of the nearby border bridges. The group will walk across the border bridge and catch a motor coach in Juarez. There will be boxed lunches for attendees to enjoy as you travel to the Rodadora, one of Mexico’s largest and most interactive children’s museums, followed by the recently renovated Museum of the Revolution (Museo de la Revolucion en La Frontera) and the Juarez Art Museum. Then, explore Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral (Ciudad Juárez Cathedral), one of Mexico’s oldest Missions, enjoy some shopping and conclude your tour at the Kentucky Bar, complete with local margaritas and the history behind this famous cocktail. Don’t forget your passport, as you’ll need it to return to the US. Please note – all tour group participants must stay with the tour and return to the US as a group. No stragglers can be left behind. Valid passport required. This tour is limited to 20 participants and requires pre-registration. The $50 per person ticket includes transportation, an English-speaking guide, a boxed lunch and your first margarita at the Kentucky Bar.

Post-Conference Tour: Discovery and Exploration:  The New Mexico Experience

Saturday, April 6 from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM including travel time to and from Las Cruces

Your day in southern New Mexico begins on Main Street Las Cruces where you will find three city museums – the Branigan Cultural Center, the Las Cruces Museum of Art, and the Museum of Nature & Science. While downtown, take some time to peruse the stacks of the famous COAS used bookstore or shop at the nationally recognized Farmers Market covering seven city blocks.  Participants will then travel through time to the Town of Mesilla.  Enjoy a “dutch treat” lunch on your own at one of the quaint eateries and tour the Taylor-Mesilla Historic Property where art, culture, and the history of New Mexico come to life.

Following the tour in Mesilla, participants will head to the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum where you will learn about the 4,000 history of agriculture in New Mexico at the 47-acre facility that includes exhibit galleries and over 80 head of livestock including cattle, sheep, and goats.  Then perhaps taste some wine and indulge in savory and sweet treats at the Eagle Ranch Mercantile.  The day ends with a reception hosted by the New Mexico State University Museums including the Zuhl Museum, the University Art Gallery, and the University Museum where you will be inspired by over 1,800 beautiful specimens of petrified wood, fossils and minerals; contemporary art; and ancient artifacts.  

Sponsored by the City of Las Cruces Museums, the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum, New Mexico Historic Sites, and the New Mexico State University Museums

8:30 AM to 5:30 PM including travel time to and from Las Cruces.  Limited to 20 participants, a minimum of 15.  Cost is $50 per person including transportation to Las Cruces and between the museums. 

The Magic and Mystery of the Mission Valley - Where El Paso History Began

Saturday, April 6 from 9 am – 2 pm

Tour the legendary Mission Trail: A nine mile stretch that served as a continuing gateway of commerce in the New World as part of the greater internationally recognized, binational Camino Real de Tierra Adentro.  Begin your journey through time in the Ysleta Historic District, home of the recently restored Ysleta Mission, and to one of just three surviving indigenous tribes of Texas.  Within the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo you’ll find the Tigua Cultural Center and learn about Texas’ oldest form of government and their role in the development of El Paso County.  Continue your journey down the trail to the majestic Socorro Mission, Gift Shop, and Cemetery.  The City of Socorro, Texas also boasts the Rio Vista Farm - a nationally recognized treasure that provided food and shelter to impoverished communities throughout the early 20th Century, followed by serving as a processing center for hundreds of thousands of Mexican braceros, providing vital labor resources throughout the United States during the 1940s-50s.   After an authentic lunch in the valley, your journey through time continues on to San Elizario, where you will find the stately San Elizario Presidio Chapel and Placita, the infamous Old County Jail, and Los Portales Museum.  End your travels with a tour of the San Elizario Historic Arts District, also known as the oldest Main Street in the country, complete with galleries and studios featuring nationally recognized talents such as Gaspar Enriquez, among others.  Limited to 20 participants (will be cancelled if fewer than 12 registrants).  Cost is $50 per person (includes transportation & lunch).  Pre-registration is required.