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A photographic register of the places where Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla left his mark, integrated by nearly 500 pieces, was donated to the National Photo Library, part of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).


Mayra Mendoza, sub director of the National Photographic Library, announced that the heap donated is relevant because these snapshots would accompany an ambitious project that would follow the track of Miguel Hidalgo, a commission of the Ministry of Public Education and Fine Arts, leaded by Luis Castillo Ledon (1879-1944).

Beatriz Castillo Ledon, daughter of the Mexican historian, journalist and politic, handed over the photographic archive to the instance located in Pachuca, Hidalgo, where specialists have the task of keep the good conservation state of the 494 pictures, most of them stereoscopic views.

These albumin prints would complement the most known book written by Castillo Ledon, Hidalgo, la vida del heroe (Hidalgo, Life of the Heroe) and represent an important “donation to Mexico, and INAH assumes its compromise to safeguard, conserve and promote this heritage”, expressed Mayra Mendoza.

INAH historians Julieta Avila Hernandez and Maria Hernandez Ramirez, who have dedicated part of their work to rescue the life and work of Luis Castillo Ledon, mentioned it was between 1909 and 1910 when this character linked to the National Museum took charge of the “Hidalgo Itinerary” initiative.

The historians are part of the historiographic project “Time and Nation”, and remarked that Castillo Ledon was part of the group of intellectuals that formed Ateneo de la Juventud, as well as governor of Nayarit State between 1934 and 1937.

Julieta Avila declared that the historian was linked to INAH and its immediate antecessor, the former National Museum of Archaeology, History and Ethnography, where he performed as director and chief of publications.