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.

Norma Blanco Suarez

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Current Name
Norma Perez B
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Norma Blanco Suarez
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Saturday, March 10, 1962
Relocated To
Florida City
Stayed With
Nino y Peluca

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To all participants of the Pedro Pan movement and anyone else involved in giving thousands of Cuban children the right to choose. I honor you and salute you. Thank you. Thank you to my father an hones...

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Norma: If you don't mind, I would like to help you find the Chicago orphanage where you were relocated in 1962. As you can imagine, there were many orphanages in the Chicago area in the early 1960s. For me to be of any use, however, I would need you to answer the following questions to the best of your abilities: 1. Are you sure it was located in the city of Chicago? In Cook county? 2. Was it a Catholic orphanage? Were there nuns running it? 3. Was it for girls only or for both boys and girls? 4. Did it consist of large buildings or was it divided into smaller cottages? 5. Did it have many children? In the hundreds? 6. Does the name Angel Guardian Home (also known as Angel Guardian German Catholic Orphan Society of Chicago) ring a bell? 7. How long were you there? Were you placed in a foster home afterwards? 8. Let me know any additional characteristics/features/qualities you might vaguely remember. In the event that you can't answer any of the questions above, I will be glad to forward to you a complete listing of denominational and nondenominational orphanages in the city of Chicago. Drop me a line whenever you can. José Antonio.

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