This year, as in previous years, during Hispanic Heritage Month I was invited by the MDC West Campus to make a presentation to the students on the Pedro Pan exodus. Most of the students present had never heard of this exodus and were very interested in the presentation. I invited Pedro Pan friends to be part of the panel discussion.
Unaccompanied Cuban Children Files
In February I went to the National Archives and Records Administration in Maryland. Since I am a registered researcher, I was able to request and peruse through the archives of the Unaccompanied Cuban Children program which they have in their possession. Registered researchers are also allowed to take photos of these public documents. I took these photos which are just a representation of all the files I saw. Very interesting.
The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C. is working on a Pedro Pan exodus exhibit to be launched in 2018. I just donated for that exhibit my original Pedro Pan case file which had been kept at the Archdiocese of Miami all these years.
Now the Archdiocese is making these original files available to the Pedro Pans who request them. In this photo I am turning over my case file to Steve, the Smithsonian curator.
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