Through the ringing of a century-old school house bell and the brass voice of Sal Ortiz’s trumpet, Pioneers’ Museum commenced their annual Pioneers’ Day celebration this past Saturday. Beginning with a color guard from the Mounted Border Patrol El ëƵ Sector followed by the National Anthem performed by Ortiz and the Master Chorale of Imperial Valley, museum director Caitlin Chavez introduced special guest speakers including City of Imperial Mayor Robert Amparano and District 5 Supervisor John Hawk to reflect on celebrating community and instilling pride in our local history.

“Family activities and events, like Pioneers’ Day and Holiday Tour at Pioneers’ Museum, celebrating Imperial County’s rich, diverse heritage are important,” Hawk says. “Through photographs in the museum’s collections, we can look back and understand what our community forbearers went through and the work that went into building our community.”

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