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Municipal Archives received documents donated by the heirs of the illustrious historian José María Munuera and Abbey, adopted son of Totana (09/12/2015)

Totana Municipal Archive has received numerous documents of historical interest donated by the heirs of attorney and multifaceted historian Jose Maria Munuera and Abbey (Mazarrón-Totana in January 1838, October 1909), adopted son of the city since 2000, which act of transfer will take place on December 9, at 13:00 pm in the plenary hall.

In this case, one of his great-granddaughters, Munuera Isabel Bassols, on behalf of the heirs of the illustrious historian -afincados today in Madrid, has delivered to local and municipal technicians valuable documents to the City of Totana authorities.

The event was attended by the mayor, Juan José Canovas, the first deputy mayor, Andres Garcia, the councilor of the Municipal Archives Immaculate Blazquez, and members of the municipal corporation, as well as relatives of the former attorney before the courts of Totana , teacher and historian of this town, in this case.

In this official ceremony attended, among others, the official chronicler of the city, Juan Canovas Mulero, historian and professor at the University of Murcia, Totana Maria Martinez, and representatives of other cultural associations of Totana, as well as representatives from the field education and culture, local history lovers and scholars of it.

Among the documents issued to include appendices totanero Consistory, proofs and original files of wills, deeds and historical foundations, religious brotherhoods documents Totana, lawsuits, and other privileges of monasteries, neighbors and water infrastructure and channels, among others .

At the end of the act has been projected a video with details of documents disaggregated by historian and photographs of Totana, compiled by journalist and writer Mateo García, of the time when he lived in this town, Munuera and Abbey.

The mayor thanked, on behalf of the people of Totana, the act of generosity that makes family deliver part of his legacy to the Municipal Archives and highlighted her figure, because as a historian had access to a wealth of archival documents-now missing.

He also said that his books (the highly searched and unpublished appendix to the notes for the History of Totana and Aledo), their unpublished research, personal notes and transcripts that today donates his family, are invaluable elements to enrich and clarify some gaps our history that this gesture so generous, will acquire a new dimension.

Currently, Munuera and Abbey gives its name to Reading Center located in the urbanization "El Parral", next to IES "Juan de la Cierva" and kindergarten "Pepita Lopez Gandia" respectively.

Biography Munuera and Abbey

José María Munuera and Abbey is one of the great personalities who gave to posterity the city of Totana.

Although born in Mazarrón, he spent most of his life in Totana;

and here he lived with his family, in addition to working as a teacher and solicitor.

It was an outstanding scholar of the history of Totana, its people and traditions.

In fact, his work on the history of Totana and Aledo still not been overcome.

Therefore, we can conclude that his work is in full force.

But he not only showed interest in the past, but also by the social reality around him.

Educated and well positioned person bothered to assist the poorest.

His life and work covering much of the nineteenth century.

In the nineteenth stage Totana introduced major changes and contrasts, but since the end of the century there was a remarkable growth.

In this context the interest of José María Munuera falls to rescue the rich past of the town, which incidentally made him turn himself into a figure of exceptional importance for the history of Totana.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Totana

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