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My Historical Archives Part I: The Rafael Hernandez Colon Library and Museum

June 22, 2016 Leave a comment

In November 2015, my husband and I traveled to Ponce, Puerto Rico to visit the beautiful Rafael Hernandez Colon Library and Museum.  In Spanish, La Fundaciòn Biblioteca Rafael Hernández Colón (FBRHC).

RHC Library & Museum

RHC Library & Museum

 

From 1972-6 I worked for Governor Rafael Hernandez Colon of Puerto Rico. As his aide in the states, I accompanied him on his many trips to New York and Washington, and produced a variety of television programs for him in Puerto Rico, such as the first televised news conference and the first televised address to the nation. I carried my camera with me everyplace.

Hernandez Colon served as governor again from 1984-92. We remained in touch, but I was working elsewhere. This past year the Rafael Hernandez Colon Library and Museum was inaugurated in Ponce, Puerto Rico. It is a beautiful combination of two buildings; one a renovated colonial building and the other a new state of the art modern archive of the Governor’s papers and records. My negatives, slides, and campaign ephemera have been added to the collection.  I was so impressed by the design of the archives and thrilled to see my material included.

There is a beautiful, large exhibit area illustrating the governor’s life and accomplishments during his total of 12 years in office.   Several of my historic photographs have been printed and hung.  This column of my photographs depicts the arrival of world leaders for a summit conference in Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico in 1976, greeted by Governor Hernandez Colon.

RHC_World Leaders

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Here is Hernandez Colon talking about the museum to my husband and the Director of the Archive and Museum, Jorge Figueroa Irizzary:

RHC talking to Bob Peduzzi and Jorge Figueroa Irizarry

After touring the museum, we screened the two half-hour documentaries I produced in 1972 and 1976 for RHC’s gubernatorial campaigns.  It was the first time my husband had seen them!

During those exciting years I traveled all over the island, made many good friends and learned to love Puerto Rico and its people.

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