This museum resides in what used to be the Bullion Plaza School. Built in the 1920s it was used as a school for Mexican-American students during times of segregation. The reasons stated for this segregation was language difficulties and low dropout rates, which were biases of the time. This segregation persisted till after the 50s. The school itself ran till 1994 when it was closed for concerns over the building's structure. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. Today the building houses the Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum which displays the areas local history and artifacts.
The Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum resides
in what used to be the Bullion Plaza School. The school was built in 1923 to
solve the overflow of students in the local school district. The school was
also built to supply an improved school for Mexican-American students. Dubbed a
“Mexican school” at the time, it was mainly used for the segregation of Mexican
Claims for segregation of Mexican-American students
were of having a language deficit and low dropout rates. These reasons came
from biases of the time and a seen need to “Americanize” Mexican-American
students. These schools were of lower quality to their Anglo counterparts and
taught more vocational courses than the standard academic courses. This
practice persisted throughout the first half of the twentieth-century
eventually diminishing around the 1950s. It was around this time desegregation
of Mexican-American students came about aligning with the desegregation of
The Bullion Plaza School continued to be used past times
of segregation till 1994. The school closed due to worries over the building's
structure. Throughout this time the building has maintained its Neo-Classical
Revival style. The style was implemented by the architectural firm Trost &
Trost, displaying a style that was popular in the United States at the turn of
the century with the school being a late and modest example. The Building was
listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000 for the building’s
implementation of this style.
Today the building is in use for the Bullion Plaza
Cultural Center & Museum. The museum strives to display the diverse history
of the local area and the artifacts found there. Examples of these include
displays of local minerals and fossils and the Slavic and Native American
history of the area. One notable display is the Mexican Culture Exhibit.
Residing in the school building’s library, it showcases culture and history
from the Mexican population of the area, while also detailing the school’s
history. Within this exhibit, murals from teachers and students of the 20s are
included, which have recently been restored.