The Year in Review, 2013

villaalonsotreeAs we move into the new year, Luis and I look back with satisfaction at a very productive and enjoyable 2013, just as we look forward to what promises to be a crucial year for the development of our project. We hope you’re enjoying the results of our research, and we thank you all for your support.

Our archival project is featured as an “NYU Story”/ nuestro proyecto de investigación es destacado por New York University

New York premiere of our first documentary “Dan Albert’s Paella/La paella de Daniel Albert” in La Nacional, New York’s oldest Spanish immigrant organization/ Estreno neoyorquino de nuestro primer documental “Dan Albert’s Paella/La paella de Daniel Albert” en La Nacional, la más antigua de las organizaciones de inmigrantes españoles en la ciudad.

*Preliminary fieldwork, interviews and filming of locations for our upcoming documentary about the “Spanish Villas” in upstate New York.

*“Dan Albert’s Paella/La paella de Daniel Albert” is screened as part of Hispanic Heritage Week at Sam Houston State University in Texas.

*J. Fernandez is interviewed by film crew making a documentary about valenciano immigrants in the US.


“Dan Albert’s Paella/La Paella de Daniel Albert” is presented by Luis Argeo at the prestigious “Alcances” film-festival in Cádiz, Spain, and by J. Fernández at Hofstra University.

With support from La Tienda ( we run our first photo contest: Marina Rios Free wins a $50 gift certificate and a DVD of “Dan Albert’s Paella”.

Our project is featured on the nightly news of Spanish public television, and in an in-depth article by Mercedes Gallego of El Correo (Vocento)

We begin editing of Tampa documentary in Piedras Blancas, Castrillón, Asturias, España.

Premiere in Monterey, California of our first documentary, “Dan Albert’s Paella/La paella de Daniel Albert” at the Convention Center in Monterey. [The film is also screened during the month of June at the “Migrations” film festival in Ljubljana, Slovenia. ]

We stay on in California after the screening, to do preliminary fieldwork and filming in Winters, Vacaville, San Leandro and Placerville, California, for a future documentary about Spanish immigrants in that area.

Our work is featured in a spread in El País, Spain’s major daily

Luis Argeo and J. Fernández assist in the making of a documentary about Basques in New York which aired in the Basque Country. The film was made to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of NY’s Centro Vasco in 1913.

Documentary shoot in Tampa, Florida. Tony Carreño and Judge E.J. Salcines gave us the inside story of the history of Spanish immigrants in Tampa.

Luis Argeo and J. Fernandez present project and “Dan Albert’s Paella/La paella de Daniel Albert” in St. Augustine, Florida, at the annual meeting of the Asociación de Licenciados y Doctores Españoles en Estados Unidos (ALDEEU).


Preliminary fieldwork and location filming in Tampa, Florida, for our upcoming documentary about Spanish immigrants in what was once the “Cigar Capital of the World.”

We enjoy our first two significant viral Facebook posts; one about Judge Emilio Núñez, the other a photo belonging to Joe Mora of a 1945 dinner held in honor of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade at the Spanish Workers’ Club in Spanish Harlem. This second photo was shared over 150 times and seen by more than 10,000 people.


We launch of our Facebook page, which now has over 2,000 followers, and has quickly become an important platform for our research.

We launch the site you are currently visiting, “Ni frailes, ni conquistadores: Spanish Immigrants in the US”:

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