The research for my article (for a history magazine about the role of the Holy Family Orphans' Home in Operation Pedro Pan) has been so interesting. I've been to the Catholic Diocese of Marquette archives, I'm a regular in the historical files at the Peter White Public Library, and I've searched every piece of information I can find online. (I'll use this research for my chapter book, too.) But the very best part of doing this article is connecting with the Cubans who lived here. The "Marquette boys" have been generous with their time and have shared openly about their experiences at the Home. I am really enjoying meeting them.
Everytime I see a photo of the Home during its' time as a shelter for children and compare it to the way it looks today, I realize it is a travesty that the building, and all the voices it holds, may be lost forever.
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Not much blogging because I've been busy talking on the telephone...
Do you remember that quaint way of communicating in which the receiver can actually hear inflection, gasping, snorting, and real live air moving in and out of a voice box? When "LOL" had a noise attached to it -- and I don't mean a clicking sound on a keyboard?
Recently, I've had the pleasure of speaking with two gentlemen (in the real sense of the word) who were Pedro Panes and lived in the Holy Family Orphans' Home. I appreciate how openly they shared their memories. Their experiences were different and similiar in many ways, but both highlighted the warmth and connectedness they still feel from the Marquette community. According to a database shared by one of the gentlemen I mentioned, 53 Pedro Panes lived here throughout the course of the mission.
I'm working on an article for a regional historical magazine about the role the Holy Family Orphans' Home played in Operation Pedro Pan. (This research is strengthening the chapter book, too.) And, while secondary research is quick and easy, it never beats a good old-fashioned noise-filled conversation.
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