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Life in Juan Santamaría’s Costa Rica: A look back
Juan Santamaría Day
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Juan Santamaría Day
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Life in Juan Santamaría’s Costa Rica: A look back

Mitzi Stark - April 11, 2016

April 11 is Juan Santamaría Day, a Costa Rican holiday to remember the Battle of Rivas in 1856 and the heroic action of Juan Santamaría, a common…

Costa Rican history as a rock opera – on a stage near you
blast from the past
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blast from the past
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Costa Rican history as a rock opera – on a stage near you

Amanda Zúñiga - June 24, 2015

“Heroes 1856” is Costa Rica's first-ever original rock opera, but this innovation is rooted in the past: It stars a large group of young musicians, singers and…

Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know
Juan Santamaría Day
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Juan Santamaría Day
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Who was Juan Santamaría? Five (debated) things you should know

Jill Replogle - April 10, 2015

Costa Rica fetes its first and most-loved national hero, Juan Santamaría, on Saturday, April 11. His name adorns the international airport in his native Alajuela, and schoolchildren across…

For museum campers, history comes to life
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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For museum campers, history comes to life

Mitzi Stark - July 23, 2014

School vacations are a time for camping, sleepovers with friends, and visits to museums.  In Alajuela this year, kids were able to do all three together.  The…

Learn Costa Rican history through a theatrical museum tour
A Look Back
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A Look Back
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Learn Costa Rican history through a theatrical museum tour

Mitzi Stark - May 27, 2014

Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. five figures from Costa Rica's past lead tours through Alajuela's Juan Santamaría Museum and Cultural Center. The…

‘Monument to the Farmer’ to return to Alajuela
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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‘Monument to the Farmer’ to return to Alajuela

Robert Isenberg - April 13, 2014

The bronze sculpture is heavy, but weightier still is its significance: "El Monumento al Agricultor" ("Monument to the Farmer") shows a man and woman bent over their…

Juan Santamaría Day passes peacefully, but highway woes not forgotten
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Juan Santamaría Day passes peacefully, but highway woes not forgotten

Zach Dyer - April 11, 2014

This Friday's celebration Juan Santamaría Day in Alajuela stood in sharp contrast to the violent protests that interrupted the event last year over the troubled San Ramón…

Juan Santamaría Day, a shrimp festival and other happenings in Costa Rica
Arts and Culture
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Arts and Culture
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Juan Santamaría Day, a shrimp festival and other happenings in Costa Rica

Robert Isenberg - April 11, 2014

Juan Santamaría Day One hundred fifty-eight years ago, a young Costa Rican soldier named Juan Santamaría volunteered to singlehandedly attack a compound of slave-holding mercenaries. According to…

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