Message from Pedro Pan Eloísa Echazábal. Below the link to the Miami Dade College announcement dated July 8th regarding the upcoming Freedom Tower exhibit about the Cuban exile experience. This exhibit will be launched in mid-September. The first exile focus will be on the Pedro Pan exodus. Most of us who reunited with our parents in Miami remember visiting the Freedom Tower for the services the U.S. government made available to the newly arriving Cuban exiles. The Pedro Pan exhibit will last about two years. Miami Dade College and The Miami Herald Media Company invited me to collaborate with them when the plans were first developed about two years ago, and I was ecstatic with the opportunity. Also collaborating with their memorabilia and photos are Operation Pedro Pan Group Inc.organization, Barry University Archives and Special Collections, University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection and Florida International University Libraries. As soon as the next official announcement comes out, I will forward. In the meantime, I would like to let you know that a "collecting day" is being planned for Saturday, July 26th, from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Freedom Tower. This is the day when Pedro Pans will have the opportunity to bring memorabilia regarding our Pedro Pan days to be loaned to the exhibit. Required receipts and documentation will be available there. Courtesy parking on the open lot across the street south of the Tower. Entrance on N.E. 5th street. Just let the attendant know you are coming to the Tower to bring your items. This is a great opportunity to showcase our experience. Again, as additional announcements are released, I'll forward. http://www.mdc.edu/main/news/articles/2014/07/mdcand_the_miami_herald_media_company_to.aspx

Maria del Carmen Valdivia Martinez

General Information
Current Name
Carmen Valdivia
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Maria del Carmen Valdivia Martinez
Age on Arrival
12
Date of Arrival
Wednesday, August 8, 1962
Relocated To
CWB Florida City
Stayed With
Casa Suarez
Groups
Haiti Pedro Pan
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Maria del Carmen, me parece mentira que ya han pasado tantos anos. Yo soy Celia Capote, la que fue novia de Fernando, vivo en Hialeah tengo 2 hijos y 4 nietos. Espero mantenernos en contacto.

Message by Celia Capote | Jun 20th 2009

It is strange that you know someone but know little about them. I had no idea you and Isa were part of the Peter Pan History. Now more than ever I bow my head to you, and all of the Peter Panners, it takes great courage being so young to indure such faith. We have family from our other side Rodriguez) Carmencita, that were Peter Panners also, Orlandito and Fernando. This is good what you are doing, to connect with people that were part of what you and Isa that have gone thru, reach out to let the world and most of all those places that are going thru much of the same process Cuban began to open their eyes and not allow the Sick,Egotiscal, Governments of their countries have them put thru what Cubans had to endure.

Message by Amina | Jun 8th 2009

ONE OF THE GREAT PLEASURES OF OUR LIFE IS KNOWING AND LOVING CARMEN AND BILL, OUR NEIGHBORS FOR MANY YEARS.HAVING WORKED IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, WE KNEW FIRST HAND OF THE COURAGE AND LOVE IT TOOK FOR PARENTS TO PUT YOUNG CHILDREN ON A PLANE, OR A BOAT OR RAFT, AND SEND THEM TO AN UNCERTAIN FUTURE IN A STRANGE LAND.WHAT GREAT PEOPLE!

Message by RUSS AND MARCINE WHEATLEY | Jun 5th 2009

i received your message but i could not answer soon because i do not enter in the computer every day since my older son had a car accident and is still in the hospital rehab i go there every day . i was in perez plana house and later went to another house i do not remember if was castillo or rodiguez-walling.i remember you for the camp.

Message by Alejandra Gutierrez Ramos | Jun 4th 2009

Maria del Carmen, cuanto siento pero no tengo fotos de cuando etabamos con Mama y Papa Baldor; si recuerdo que era la ultima casa a la derecha cuando ibamos para el parque que NO queriamos ir por las dichosas serpientes, pero tratare de poner alguna foto de esos tiempos pues yo como era y soy la mas pequena de las 3 NO tenia las cosas si no mis hermanas..eso es la desventaja de ser la baby..LOL...pero te la pondre lo que nos deberian quitar el limite de fotos como en otras network community pages I made the suggestion to Pedro Pan Adminitrator..let' see..you live in Pinecrest so does my niece...be well keep in touch...

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | Jun 2nd 2009

I read your story and it sounded so much like mine that I began to cry. I do not think I will be able to write mine for a while...never realized just how emotional I still felt about such things. I began to cry when I got to "la pecera" and am still crying. Yours is the first story I read. I think it will take me a while to get my thoughts together. Hope to see you very soon. Love Terry

Message by Teresita E Reuter | Jun 2nd 2009

Carmen, Your story is beautiful.. I'm sorry your sister is no longer here to share your life, but she will always be part of your heart. Our blessings are many!

Message by isa brown | Jun 1st 2009

TU NOMBRE ME ES CONOCIDO Y ALGUNAS QUE MENCIONA EN TU PROFILE TAMBIEN EN CASA DE QUIEN ESTUVISTE

Message by Alejandra Gutierrez Ramos | May 30th 2009

Ma Del Carmen, thanks for bringing tears; again; to my eyes... OUr stories are always the pain; worse than the telenovelas de Miami; but we lived through it all, and you know what if we cried; which I know my two sisters and I; were the Maria Magdalenas of Casa Baldor because we would sit every single afternoon on the steps (the third one to be axact) of the stairs going up to the 2nd floor, and write letters to Mima, and now that I am a grandma, and when I became a mother I realized more and more the pain that Mima, as other Mimas out there; were going through; because each one of us were missing her, but God almighty she was missing three of us, so her pain and heart must had been greater than anyone of us could ever realize, and for that alone; not to mention for saving me from communism; I am must appreciative for her decision to get us out of our beautiful country, Cuba. Thanks for sharing and making me cry, and even though I don't recall knowing you in person I am so sorru about yuor sister Isa; if any condolence would be that God almighty has her in a better place, my prayers for her peace will be on saturday's mass at St Peter & Paul..if you want we can be friends, and hey forget about those three dresses that they only allow us to bring mine did not fit me about two weeks in Florida City...and after all we had fun...love ileanacuba@yahoo.com Ileana

Message by Ileana Arriola (Minico) | May 29th 2009

Great story! I, too, am a Pedro Pan. I came in September of 1961 with my sister. First we went to Kendall and then to Syracuse, N.Y., where we were first placed in an orphanage, then in separate foster homes, and finally in a wonderful one until our parents came six months later. I am so grateful my parents sent us. Soy Graciela la amiga de Anita.

Message by Graciela Anrrich | May 27th 2009

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