Press Release

New History Colorado Center Exhibition Celebrates the Lives of Japanese Americans in Southern Colorado

DENVER — October 12, 2023 — History Colorado is pleased to announce that its Through the Lens: The Photography of Frank Muramoto exhibition is coming to the History Colorado Center on October 20, 2023. Originally displayed at El Pueblo History Museum, Through the Lens: The Photography of Frank Muramoto explores the world of a Japanese-born professional photographer who operated his own studio in Pueblo, Colorado for more than four decades from 1915 to 1958.

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Featuring a curated collection of Muramoto’s photographs – including images of himself, his family, and his community – Through the Lens: The Photography of Frank Muramoto illustrates the diverse cultures and history of Southern Colorado and captures everyday life from a broad range of communities, industries, and landscapes.

Produced in partnership with the Pueblo City-County Library District, the photographs in Through the Lens are part of a larger collection maintained by the Pueblo County Historical Society that provides an intimate glimpse into the East Asian community of Southern Colorado through candid moments immortalized on film.

The exhibition explores both the Japanese community of Colorado– which numbered some 100 households in Pueblo in Muramoto’s time– and the photographer's personal life through interpretative labels..

“This exhibition is a chance to explore an undertold story of immigration to Colorado,” said Devin Flores, History Colorado’s Assistant Editor and exhibition developer for Through the Lens. “Through Muramoto’s photography, the audience gets a unique perspective on the diverse people, communities, cultures, and landscapes of southern Colorado, as seen by a first-generation immigrant.”

Through the Lens: The Photography of Frank Muramoto opens at the History Colorado Center on October 20, 2023, on the fourth floor mezzanine. Located in the heart of Downtown Denver, the History Colorado Center is open daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission for kids 18 and under is free.

To celebrate the opening of Through the Lens: The Photography of Frank Muramoto, the History Colorado Center and descendants of Frank Muramoto are holding a reception on October 21, 2023, from 6 – 8 p.m. This free event is open to the public – but RSVP is required – and will feature a cash bar and light refreshments. 

About History Colorado
History Colorado is a division of the Colorado Department of Higher Education and a 501(c)3 non-profit that has served more than 75,000 students and 500,000 people in Colorado each year. It is a 144-year-old institution that operates eleven museums and historic sites, a free public research center, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation which provides technical assistance, educational opportunities, and other access to archaeology and historic preservation, and the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF), which is one of the nation’s largest state funded preservation programs of its kind. More than 70% of SHF grants are allocated in rural areas of the state. Additionally, the offices of the State Archaeologist and the State Historic Preservation Officer are part of History Colorado. 

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