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Reframing stories:
A Woman and Her Building at the Dawn of the Mexican Revolution
Tania Gutiérrez-Monroy
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A building in the heart of Puebla attracts locals and visitors interested in the history of the 1910 Mexican Revolution. Erected between the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century, it houses today the Regional Museum of the Mexican Revolution (Figure 1). It was once the dwelling of the Serdán siblings, the Puebla organizers of the uprising. Until the end of 2016, the first of the courtyards around which the volumes are arranged welcomed guests with a sculpture of Aquiles Serdán. Aquiles was the oldest of the three siblings and arguably the most renowned figure of an episode that took place two days before November 20, 1910, the dawn of the nationwide revolution. In this episode, authorities suspecting insurgent activity within the house tried to break in. This attempt led them to a daylong confrontation with the Serdáns and their rebel allies, by the end of which Aquiles, his brother Máximo, and other comrades perished.

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