Museum to mark April 11 with drama

museumevent040715The Museo Juan Santamaría will mark the anniversary of the Battle of Rivas by once again staging “A la calle con el 56.”

As in 2012 and 2013, the dramatic performance will make the rounds over the rest of the month with shows in San José Centro, Golfito, Pérez Zeledón, Limón Centro, Barva de Heredia and Puntarenas Centro.

The Alajuela museum appropriately plans for the first performance Saturday at 1 p.m. at the museum. Saturday is a legal holiday, although some workers may have Friday off.

The Battle of Rivas took place when Costa Rican troops confronted the filibusters forces at that Nicaraguan town.  The military operation was called the Campaña Nacional, and 1856 marked the beginning of several years of conflict against the forces of William Walker.

The museum noted that the Costa Rican forces were under the command of  José María Cañas and José Joaquín Mora, the brother of the president.

Ironically Cañas and Juan Rafael Mora Porras, the president, were executed just four years later after returning from a forced exile.

The Battle of Rivas was where Juan Santamaría, a soldier, distinguished himself by putting a torch to an enemy stronghold. He died in the effort.

Alajuela, Santamaría’s home, will be the center of celebrations Saturday with events planned all day.

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