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On the Origins of New York’s “La Nacional” (Part 2)

It was in the Spring of 1867, almost exactly 150 years ago, that Spain’s Consul in New York, Joaquín Marcos de Satrústegui, noticed an alarming trend:  increasing numbers of destitute Spaniards were showing up at the doors of his Consulate … Continue reading

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On the Origins of New York’s “La Nacional” (Part 1)

Some detective work at the Archivo Histórico Nacional in Madrid has allowed us to shed some light on the process whereby New York’s Spanish Benevolent Society/La Nacional, was founded in 1868.  The club is still in existence, and next year … Continue reading

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Un baño en la historia: el Archivo General de la Administración

  Zambullirse en las profundidades de un archivo histórico rara vez produce resultados inmediatos y deslumbrantes.  Es cierto que, de vez en cuando, cuando la fortuna le sonríe, la investigadora o el investigador puede dar con un documento clave; una … Continue reading

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A Priceless Snapshot of Spaniards in Brooklyn, 1892

Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 4 December 1892 SPANIARDS IN THIS CITY Brooklyn Has Quite a Large Colony of them They Learn Very Little of the English Language and are Exceedingly Clannish— Comparatively Few of them Become Citizens, but a Majority of … Continue reading

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Breaking News: A New Exhibition Project

Dear friends, We are in the preliminary stages of discussions with sponsors and venues about an idea whose time has come: a major museum exhibition that will use your photographs, documents, objects and moving images, to tell the unknown story … Continue reading

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Un entierro digno

Among the many amazing informants we met during our recent trip to the province of Ávila was Benito Montero Caamaño, grandson of Indalecio Caamaño Ruda. Indalecio was the oldest of 5 siblings, and the only one of the five to stay … Continue reading

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Apodos de Tampa: A Unique Portrait of Spanish Tampa Through Nicknames

We proudly publish the “Afterword” that James D. Fernández wrote for the pamphlet Apodos de Tampa/Nicknames of Tampa, a publication which will be launched at the January 15, 2017 world premiere of our documentary, “The Weight of Remembering.” (Tampa Theatre, 3:00 pm). … Continue reading

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