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.

Maria Conchita Cadiz Mendiguren

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Current Name
Maria Conchita Cadiz Klemack-McGraw
Current Location
United States of America
Name on Arrival
Maria Conchita Cadiz Mendiguren
Age on Arrival
Date of Arrival
Monday, November 20, 1961
Relocated To
Florida City
Stayed With
Sevilla Family
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I was 13 years old and the oldest of 5 children when I came to the United States on November 20, 1961. My brother Angel came alone before me on August 14, 1961. I can only imagine the agony that my p...

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Maria Conchita: Yes I was at the 50th reunion in Miami last November. I participated in the tour of the camps and went to the cocktail party on Friday. Unfortunately I got sick during the banquet and had to leave early. It was fabulous, but I do wish there had been a better way for people to contact one another. I hope to go again this November for this year's celebrations and in May next year a big group who went to New Mexico is having a reunion in Albuquerque and I plan to go there too. I have yet to find a few of my friends from camp days and from NM days. It's been very emotional to reconnect with that part of our past, but also rewarding. Good to hear from you!

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Aug 1st 2011

Maria Conchita: I was especially moved by your story because I remember how much I dreaded being sent to an orphanage. Now I'd like to think that if that had been my lot, I would have done as well as you did. I think you are a great example of how the Cuban children of the Pedro Pan airlift rose to whatever challenge we faced here precisely because the upbringing our parents gave us, their love, courage and fortitude were still with us when they could not be with us. I wonder how your siblings fared. It looks like you were also separated from Angel. What about the others? Glad to meet you and to read your story. Your Pedro Pan sister, Yoli Cardenas

Message by Yolanda Cardenas Ganong | Jul 31st 2011

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