About the research

This project, in every way a labor of love, was researched by Destry Maria Sibley with the generous support of a Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship.

Destry traveled throughout Mexico visiting key points of relevance to the history of the Niños de Morelia: grave sites, memorials, statues, murals, schools, and boarding homes in cities including Veracruz, Morelia, Puebla, Guadalajara, and locations throughout Mexico City.

She conducted extensive archival research at the National General Archive of Mexico, the College of Mexico, the Ateneo Español, the National Institute of Anthropology and History, and the newspaper archives of the National Autonomous University of Mexico and the Michoacán University of Saint Nicholas of Hidalgo -- as well as informal archives across Mexico.

Most importantly, Destry met and recorded the oral histories of the surviving Niños de Morelia, now between the ages of 85 and 95. She also interviewed their family members and descendants, as well as historians, experts, and other Spanish refugees.

Destry's upcoming podcast series will build from their stories as told to her, as well as archival interviews recorded in the 1970s, early 2000s, and 2010s.

Articles from the project


Images on this site used courtesy of The General National Archive of Mexico, the Ateneo Español, the Filmoteca of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, Fondo Foto Car, Narodowe Archiwum Cyfrowe, Biblioteca Virtual de Defensa, the German Federal Archives, the National Digital Archives of Poland, and Daroca family archives.