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Goerdt Abel, Edda Clasen y María Abel

Homero Adame relantando su libro

Juan Manual Fajardo, Carmela Luna y Lupita Torres

By Karla Ortiz


For the first time ever, the Casa de Europa en México (CEM) building has a book about it, one full of its secrets and stories, told by Sanmiguelenses themselves.

The building has a long and varied history. For a long time, the municipality occupied the building. Before that, it has seen everyone from royalty to schoolchildren pass through its doors. Government offices such as civil registry, the transit department, the public registry, and even the police have all been located there at one point. Today it is a nonprofit cultural center.

For months, oral historian Homero Adame knocked on doors, entered homes, and talked to countless people who told him fascinating stories about the building’s history, the oldest ones dating back to the 1800s.

The book is written in four languages—Spanish, English, French, and German.  Adame says that it was a great challenge to gather information about the building because, unfortunately, most of the building’s history was lost in two separate fires. Most records on the building date back to only1947.

The book was presented to the public on Thursday, February 28, at an event in which Adame told some of the book’s stories, which revealed little-known facts about the building, such as that Emperor Maximilian, the Habsburg ruler of México installed by the French government in the 1860s, stayed overnight there. Other stories from history Adame told that night were about the birth of Don José Manuel Zavala in 1927 there, as well as the foundation of the primary school Hermanos Aldama, which vacated the building in 1962.

Want to know more? The book is available for sale at Casa Europa.


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