‘Tens of thousands’ of vintage Pueblo photos open for loan, purchase – News – LA Junta Tribune – La Junta, CO

‘Tens of thousands’ of vintage Pueblo photos open for loan, purchase – News – LA Junta Tribune – La Junta, CO


The Pueblo County Historical Society and Pueblo Heritage Museum took visitors back in time for a peek at the city’s 150 years of history through the help of photographs.

The walls were adorned with black-and-white photos depicting events like the Flood of 1921, as well as some of Pueblo’s landmark businesses.

“These pictures are all of historic Pueblo in various times with descriptions and so forth, said Effie Fern, who was gazing at photos of Pueblo buildings.

Fern, the president of the society, said close to 30 large-scale photographs capturing historic moments in Pueblo were on display and available for loan or purchase.

The museum also offered hundreds of smaller, catalogued photographs for businesses and residents to loan or purchase during the opening reception.

“We have tens of thousands of pictures in our library. Every cabinet we have is full of pictures,” Fern said.

“Those are part of our research.”

The museum’s Heritage Room, located at 203 W. B St., displayed the photos at an opening reception Friday. The event also was to commemorate the renovation of the buildings meeting room.

Each large-scale photo is professionally framed and scaled to about 24 inches tall and 36 inches wide. Photos are within a price range of $100 to $400, said members of the Historical Society.

The reception was one of many events and activities the society has in store for 2020.

Visitors were eager to discuss the history of this once-small city.

“This is a wonderful collection — 150 years is a long time,” one guest told another.

Society members said they plan to work in cooperation with the Pueblo Downtown Association to celebrate the city’s 150th anniversary and continue to promote its coloring book of Pueblo’s history.

The 45-year-old historical society is volunteer-operated and self-funded. With more than 500 members, it maintains a research library, presents local programs on Pueblo history and publishes the Pueblo Lore, a monthly magazine.

For more information regarding the Pueblo County Historical Society and Pueblo Heritage Museum’s historic photo display, call 295-1517.

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