Museo Felisa Rincón de Gautier San Juan, PR
This 300 year old building was the original residence of the first woman to be elected mayor of a capital city in the Americas.
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Located in the corner of Recinto Oeste Street just past La Puerta de San Juan is a museum dedicated to Felisa Rincón de Gautier. This 300 year old building was the original residence of the first woman to be elected mayor of a capital city in the Americas. Affectionately known as Doña Fela, she served as mayor of San Juan for 22 years, from 1946 to 1968. During her administration, San Juan was awarded the “All American City Award.” The beloved mayor was also responsible for starting the Christmas tradition of hosting the island’s needy children on Three Kings Day. Every January 6th, she would hand out gifts to every child who showed up at La Fortaleza, and even once flew snow into the island so that children who had never seen any could play in it. The museum has in its collection some of Doña Fela’s personal effects and awards, as well as examples of period memorabilia.
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