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A worker for the Utah Copper Co., Jesus Arinaz, smiles out from the photograph across more than 50 years of history. His face is strong, his eyes proud.

In other photographs, singers and dancers from all over Latin America share joy and energy from concerts many years past. Nearby hangs an image from the first communion of a child who has perhaps already grown old - and maybe passed away.A group stands outside the Mexican Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sometime early in this century.

Five brothers serving in the armed forces during World War II smile in a group photo. One wonders if any died during the war.

The photographic exhibit, dedicated to Hispanic history and culture in Utah, begins with an entry in neat cursive script taken from the diary kept by Dominguez and Escalante during their famous exploratory trip through Utah in 1776.

Every photo chronicles a life. Together, they offer a glimpse into the history of a people - a people who, Lt. Gov. Olene Walker noted during dedication services Saturday, have given much to the state of Utah.

"Dominguez and Escalante led a group into Utah long before our pioneers came," Walker said. "Today is the day we look back at the history, heritage and contributions Hispanics have made to our great state."

The 26 photographs comprising the exhibit - which is on display in the east walkway of the Capitol - were gathered from the archives of the Utah Division of History and the book "Hecho en Utah." The exhibition continues until Sept. 15.

Maria Garciaz, co-chair of the Utah Hispanic-American Festival, which is sponsoring the display, said the photographs are part of preliminary events leading up to the festival itself, scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

On Aug. 22, an exhibit of oils, watercolors, drawings, sculptures, lithographs and photographs on loan from the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington went on display at the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. The exhibit, entitled "The Jewels of Mexican Contemporary Art," will continue until Sept. 30, and features surrealist art from Leonora Carrington and the realism of Pablo O'Higgins.

An exhibition of 30 photographs by Mexican writer Juan Rulfo will begin Monday at the City and County Building. Rulfo's work brings to life images of Mexican daily life and rural landscapes.

Finally, "Death's Dances," a classic Spanish play will be presented at the University of Utah on Thursday beginning at 8 p.m.

The festival, scheduled for Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., will feature musicians, arts and crafts, and food booths. The event will be held at Franklin Quest Field on 1300 South between West Temple and Main streets. Admission is $4 per person, $10 for a family of five, and free for children 12 and under.