New exhibit at Archivo Nacional is said to be like time travel

The Archivo Nacional opened its exhibition that honors San José on its 200th birthday.

The photos on display do not go back that far, although other documents in the archives do. The period displayed with photos from the archive’s collection start in the the middle of the 19th century and run until the middle of the 20th. The archive said that seeing the photos is like time travel.

The exposition is called “San José en blanco y negro,” and it will run until March. The archives building is in Zapote.

Virginia Chacón Arias, director of the archives, said the goal was to share with residents a small part of the documental heritage the institution has.

There was a roundtable Wednesday to mark the opening of the exhibit.

The exhibit comprises 35 photos and texts from six different authors who wrote about the city. There also is a computer system to display digital photos taken recently of the city.

The archive still is asking for the public to submit photos They can be sent in jpeg or tiff formal to  The archive also asks for a description of what is depicted in the photo and other dates such as time and the name of the submitter.

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