Historical expo opens today in Antigua Aduana

History buffs and collectors have three days of the past waiting for them at the Antigua Aduana starting today.

The event is the Expo Historia 2015 that promises art galleries, antiques, collections, discussions and introduction to experts.

The expo is run by the Sociedad de Proyectos La Merced, the organization that renovated and saved the Iglesia La Merced in downtown San José.

Among the public agencies participating is the Cuerpo de Bomberos de Costa Rica, which promises to outline its 150 years fighting fires in Costa Rica. The fire fighters also promise to have on hand a 1910 Knox pumper. The agency also said it would let visitors put on the protective clothing used by fire fighters.

The Banda de Bomberos will play for visitors at 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

The fire fighters celebrate their 150th anniversary all year.

Their stand is only one of many that will be in the sprawling former customs house pumper022015on Calle 23 in northeast San José. The displays are expected to overflow into the adjacent Casa del Cuño.

Other organizations involved include the Club de Autos Antiguos de Costa Rica, the Imprenta Nacional, the government printing office, and the Cruz Roja de Costa Rica.

Also there will be displays from most of the country’s museums, the Biblioteca Nacional and its collection of historic books and newspapers, the Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica and the Cine Magaly.

Other displays promise a collection of  historic photos, including the 1963 eruption of the Volcán Irazú. Plus there will be dozens of private firms that deal in antiques, currency and memorabilia.

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