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Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Digital Exhibits

Below are links to thematic digital exhibits curated by University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection staff and featuring resources held in the University of Miami Cuban Heritage Collection.

Alberto del Pozo's Orishas

The Oricha Collection by Alberto del Pozo pays homage to the primary gods and goddesses that comprise the Afro-Cuban religion of Santerí�a. Each pen, crayon, and ink illustration measures 40 by 30 inches. The Oricha Collection is held in the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection.

Avellaneda on her 200th Anniversary

This exhibit highlights the writings of Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda (1814-1873) as represented in her novel Sab, letters to contemporaries, and samples of her poetry.

Between Despair and Hope: Cuban Rafters at the U.S. Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, 1994-1996

From August 1994 to February 1996, over 30,000 Cubans were detained at the U.S. Naval Base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, after attempting to reach the United States on rafts and other make shift vessels. "Between Despair and Hope" tells the story of how the U.S. Government managed that crisis.

Cuban Theater Digital Archive

A bilingual cultural heritage site developed by Dr. Lillian Manzor that provides inter-related information on writers, directors, texts, productions, festival, venues and theater companies. Also included are digitized photographs, theater programs, and other resources, including video excerpts of theater productions. This project was funded by the Mellon Foundation.

Cuban Theater in Miami: 1960 - 1980

This site traces the development of Cuban and Hispanic theater in Miami, highlighting different artists, performances, organizations and places. Video interviews and photographs are included in the presentation.

In Search of Freedom: Cuban Exiles and the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program

The exodus from Cuba that began with the Revolution of 1959 and intensified with Fidel Castro's public acknowledgment of his Marxist-Leninist ideology lacked precedent in Cuban exile history. The United States had never before been the first country of asylum for such a large number of political refugees - 1,700 per week by the end of 1960. The American response to the crisis also made history through the U.S. Cuban Refugee Program of 1961 that welcomed more than half a million exiles during the next two decades.

Memory and Record

Memory and Record previews Cuban and Cuban exile resources in the Cuban Heritage Collection. Categories include The Colonial Era, U.S. Occupation, The Republic, Revolutionary Cuba, Cuban Exiles, Postcards, and Havana 1900.

The Cuban Rafter Phenomenon: A Unique Sea Exodus

Explore the experiences of tens of thousands of citizens who have left Cuba in small boats, Home made rafts and other unusual craft. The site focuses on those who precipitated and participated in one specific sea exodus - the raft crisis of 1994. Through photos, videos, bibliography, primary documents, and narratives the site examines the 1994 crisis and, by extension, begins to investigate the nature of the larger theme of post-1980 Cuban migration.