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Brown Bag Lecture Will Feature The Magoffin Connection 2019

The Las Cruces Railroad Museum, 351 N. Mesilla St., will host a free Brown Bag Lecture at noon March 12, 2019. Machelle Wood will present “The Magoffin Connection to Railroad History in El Paso.”

Wood is the Education and Public Events Coordinator at the Magoffin Home Historic Site in El Paso. She became interested in the Magoffin Home when she was working as an architectural conservationist and worked on restoring the site approximately five years ago. She has also worked on the Plaza Theatre, various state capitals, historic homes and other theatres across the United States.

Joseph Magoffin arrived in the El Paso area in 1856. After serving in the Civil War, he became an advocate for the development of the El Paso region, aided in bringing the railroads, utilities and new businesses to the area. He and his wife Octavia were active in the community and Catholic charities.

The 1877 Magoffin home reflects traditional Spanish and Territorial architecture, though it was also influenced by the Greek Revival style popular at the time. The Magoffin family lived in the home for more than 100 years.

The Railroad Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Saturday. For information, visit the City’s Museum System website or call 575/528-3444.