Photos: Jon Barela, Alejandra de la Vega Foster, logos for participating organizations
The Lincoln and Mexico Project (LAMP) was part of a special occasion March 7 with more than 130 business and community leaders from Texas, Mexico, and New Mexico.
The Borderplex Alliance and the Paso del Norte Health Foundation co-hosted the event honoring Ms. Alejandra de la Vega Foster for her appointment as the Secretary of Innovation and Economic Development for the State of Chihuahua in Mexico.
Special guests included Mr. Paul Foster, Chairman of Western Refining and Ms. Foster’s spouse; Daria Darnell, US Consul General in Ciudad Juárez; Cynthia Cano, District Director for US Congressman Beto O’Rourke; Susan A. Melendez, Senior VP of the Borderplex Alliance; and Marcos Delgado, EVP Operations/Business Development of the Borderplex Alliance. A video message from Congressman O’Rourke congratulating Ms. Foster was played for the guests.
Jon Barela, CEO of the Borderplex Alliance, presented Ms. Foster an author’s copy of Abraham Lincoln and Mexico by historian and educator Michael Hogan. The book is especially relevant to the El Paso area because after French occupation forces drove Mexican President Benito Juárez into exile in 1863, he formed his government in exile in the state of Chihuahua near El Paso. While there, Juárez and his followers received clandestine aid from the Lincoln administration, including 30,000 repeating rifles.
Using archival documents from Mexico and the United States, the book examines Lincoln’s legacy of support for Mexico during the 1840s and 1860s as Congressman and President. It’s in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, in several university libraries, and available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2jQRPnI.
“The book discusses the long history of Mexico and the US and the importance of that relationship,” Barela told the crowd. “We hope to continue to strengthen that relationship, and I hope Ms. Foster will find time in between her many travels to read the book.”
Business and community leaders from El Paso, Texas, southern New Mexico, and northern Chihuahua, Mexico, attended the event, and the following reception at the El Paso Club.
The LAMP project is interested in working with local business leaders and elected officials to facilitate a better understanding of historical relations between the US and Mexico. If you would like us to be part of an event in your area, just submit a comment to the blog.