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September 2007

Release Date: September 7, 2007

Friends Meeting to Highlight 'Pancho' Villa in Battle of Ojinaga

The annual meeting of the Friends of the Porter Henderson Library and West Texas Collection Thursday, Sept. 13, will feature both a lecture covering Francisco "Pancho" Villa's victory in the Battle of Ojinaga and a display on the Mexican Revolution of 1910.

John Klingemann of the Angelo State University history faculty will speak on Villa and the Ojinaga conflict in a Friends program that begins at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 13 in the Nasworthy Suite on the second floor of ASU's Houston Harte University Center. The exhibit is on display in the Tucker Center and West Texas Collection adjacent to the Nasworthy Suite. Admission is free.

The Battle of Ojinaga took place during the turbulent years of the Mexican Revolution. Villa and his Division del Norte defeated a federal army of more than 5,000 men under the command of General Salvador Mercado. Little had been done on the history of this famous battle until a few years ago with the debut of the Mexican Revolution exhibit that is now on display in the West Texas Collection in conjunction with the lecture.

The exhibit originally had been developed by Klingemann for the Museum of the Big Bend. The exhibit has been on display in Mexico, the United States and Australia. Included in the exhibit are photographs, maps, books, posters and an original movie clip, discovered in the United States Library of Congress, of the battle itself. Also included in the exhibit are several items from different collections in the West Texas Collection, such as currency from the Revolution, historic documents and unedited photographs.

The traveling exhibit features items on loan from the Museum of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University as well as items from the West Texas Collection's material on the Revolution with representation from the collections of Russ Todd, Don and Lois Bailey, Wayne Conner, Dr. James Hindman, John Eusebio Klingemann, Williwood Meador, Elmer and Diane Powell, and John T. Williams. The exhibit will remain on display until the first of October.

For more information, contact the West Texas Collection at 942-2164.

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