Our mission is to provide support to the Mesquite Community and local businesses. Our primary focus is to assist, participate, and contribute to local organizations and initiatives that support the well-being of our community. MHPS annually works directly with St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church in replacing and adding new crosses throughout both San Jose & St. Joseph’s cemeteries. MHPS promotes and celebrates the rich traditions, art and culture that we have had in our community.
Mesquite neighborhood is undergoing a revival with renovations of old adobe homes, installation of various art projects and new businesses opening up. Mesquite Historic Preservation Society is helping to keep cultural and family traditions from yester years alive and going with Pachanga’s annual event. Once a year we get the whole neighborhood and surrounding townships together for one big fiesta. Pachanga is a free family event and open to the public. We invite all local communities, businesses and surrounding towns to be a part of this annual event by attending, sponsoring or participating during our event. We have live music and entertainment from local bands and performing talent in the area, 11 category classic car and bike show, local food, art and local vendors.
The history of the Mesquite neighborhood started with the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo which ended the war between Mexico and the U.S. in 1848. Don Pablo Melendrez, the Mayor of Doña Ana, asked Lt. Delos Bennett Sackett to survey a town site further south which would become Las Cruces. As incentive, Don Pablo Melendrez offered Doña Ana residents free town lots to those who agreed to relocate to this new town; 120 eager settlers camped in the brush shelters on land that would become the heart of Las Cruces. Under a large cottonwood near Griggs Avenue and Mesquite Street, families drew lots from a hat to determine the new properties each family would own.
San Jose Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in Las Cruces and is right across the street from St. Joseph’s cemetery. The reason for the two names is that a street divides the two. San Jose Cemetery is considered historical in the state of New Mexico, and it borders Espina, Manzanita, and Esperanza streets in Las Cruces.