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Contact: Dilcia Gonzalez, 787-729-6777
San Juan National Historic Site Superintendent Walter J. Chavez announces the grand premiere of "Misterio en El Morro" and "La Leyenda de la Garita del Diablo", two video books written and illustrated by a group of talented students from the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Old San Juan. The free admission premiere will take place on Monday, April 18th, at 7:00 p.m. in the main plaza of Castillo San Cristóbal, with the students, their families and teachers, park staff and special invited guests present. The premiere will include a viewing of the two video books, along with recognizing the students for their outstanding work.
The creation of these two children's stories was part of the sites community outreach activities for the National Park documentary series "Americas Best Idea" by Ken Burns. The series was created to highlight the National Park System as the agency nears its 100th year anniversary and sought to reach out to underserved, minority youth and engage students, teachers, community groups and families to connect with their national parks, find ways to deepen their relationships and inspire their future stewardship.
The park adopted the Lincoln School a couple of years ago to become more active in promoting stewardship with our neighbors and the community. Park staff are engaged in several projects for the well being of the student community as well as the improvement of school facilities. The relationship with the Lincoln School continues to grow, including park staff volunteering their own time to help with school projects and working to promote stewardship and future leaders, with the hope that maybe one of the students will become the park Superintendent one day in the future.
"We are so pleased with the completion of these two outstanding Video Books and the effort put in by the students and staff at the Lincoln School. The books will become another tool in our educational program here at San Juan National Historic Site in teaching children the importance and relevance of good stewardship and their history. I also want to acknowledge that none of this would have been possible without our exceptional partners Los Amigos de Los Fuertes del Viejo San Juan and the university channel SistemaTV" says Superintendent Chavez.
San Juan National Historic Site is comprised of Castillo San Felipe del Morro, Castillo San Cristóbal, Fort San Juan de La Cruz (El Cañuelo), the San Juan Gate, and most of the City Wall. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day, from 9:00AM to 6:00PM and until 7:00pm on Tuesdays when the Lelolai Festival is held in the main plaza,