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1930s-'60s photos on display at Regional Building in fundraiser for History Center

       A show of local construction photos from the mid-20th century - created as a fundraiser for the Old Colorado City History Center - will be unveiled Friday, May 30 at the Pikes Peak Regional Development Center, 2880 International Circle.
       The opening reception will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, May 30 in the building's atrium (upper level). There is no fee to attend.
       Titled “CityWorks: A Photography Show and Sale,” the display will consist of about 50 photos originally shot by Glenn W. Murray, who documented local building construction and public works projects from the 1930s to the 1960s.
       The photos will be up through June, according to Linda Gardner of the Peak Regional Building Department (PPRBD), which is sponsoring the show. The building is open weekdays.
       Copies of the photographs will be available for purchase in a variety of sizes, a press release states. For more information, call Gardner at 327-2989 or the History Center at 636-1225.
       “These are modern prints, as opposed to vintage prints, made from Glenn Murray's original photo negatives,” said Don Kallaus, photography specialist for the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), which owns and operates the History Center. “Very high quality, high-resolution scans with all controls and manipulations of the images within the range of control that Murray would have done in his darkroom, in his day. In other words: interpreted in a very limited, straightforward manner.”
       According to El Paso County Commissioner Chair Dennis Hisey, a member of the PPRBD board, “This collection of pictures documents the construction of a good many landmarks in our area so this is a great opportunity to see the earlier days of El Paso County as it was being built.”
       The History Center, 1 S. 24th St., offers a museum of artifacts (with an emphasis on early Colorado City), a bookstore and frequent historic presentations.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 5/28/14; Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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