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.

Ileana P Ramos Riera

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I left Cuba with my older sister Viviam on March 2, 1962. We spent a very short time in Florida City (about one month) and were sent with 2 other sets of sisters to a Catholic orphanage in Greenville...

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Message by THERESA CHOQUETTE | Jul 22nd 2013

HELLO, ILEANA This is Theresa Choquette I was in the orphanage with you, viviam, Nancy and Clara. You should remember my brother Bobby, you had a crush on him. PLEASE get in touch with me. I'll love to chat with you about old times, can't imagine it's been almost 50 years.

Message by THERESA CHOQUETTE | Jul 22nd 2013

Ileana: Please, check out: Let me know what you think. Is this the orphanage you and your sister were at?

Message by Jose Antonio Amaro Reyes | Jun 15th 2013

Hi Ileana, Your last name was Ramos, correct. This is Nancy of Nancy and Clara. A recent friend gave me this website suggesting I join, and sure enough your name came up. I read your story with great interest, although I've always believed we were the last to leave the orphanage. Mom was not allowed to leave Cuba until 1966, since the flights were cut due to the Bay of Pigs. Write back, it'll be interesting to hear your opinion.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Sep 6th 2010

Hi Ileana, Just wondering if you received the e-mail I sent you and Vivian on Dec. 29th. I'm not sure if I have the right e-mail address. Keep in touch!

Message by Maria Elena Hoen | Jan 13th 2010

Hola Ileana, It is so nice to hear from you! I've been thinking so much about our stay in Rhode Island. How is Viviam? Cristina and I live in Minnesota. I hope to keep in touch

Message by Maria Elena Hoen | Dec 15th 2009

Ileana, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your story. Such sweet sorrow with a fairy tale-like ending! It is magical.

Message by Marcia Caridad Ramos Gonzalez | Jul 14th 2009

I don't know u but ur story is more or less like mine, we were very lucky in our beca and everyday I think of the sacrifice all or our parents made to give us liberty and a future in this great country.. Carmen Alonso Concepcion

Message by Carmen A Alonso Concepcion | May 19th 2009

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