Publications on Diverse and Inclusive History


The National Park Service strives to tell the stories of all Americans. We tell these stories at parks such as Manzanar National Historic Site, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, and Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park. We also tell these stories through our preservation programs such as the National Register of Historic Places and the National Historic Landmarks Program and through research and publication by many parks and programs. All are part of an effort to provide an inclusive and honest look at American history.

Here are collected some of our publications touching on the historical experiences of those who have been underrepresented in traditional histories. Also find extensive links with which to explore the never-ending story of America.

Asian American Pacific Islander

Find Your Place   Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
This 28-page booklet examines the enduring and influential presence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—from the earliest settlement of the country to the economic development of the West to the desegregation of public schools in the 20th century and political influence in the 21st. A core essay traces their impact on the American landscape, followed by the stories of seven signature places commemorating the legacy. A concluding section illustrates how this heritage is preserved today, transcending “bricks and mortar” preservation to include a celebration of collective experience. The publication is available in PDF format (3.8 mb).

Asian Reflections   Asian Reflections on the American Landscape: Identifying and Interpreting Asian Heritage examines Asian cultural heritage found in the American built environment and its interpretation within NPS cultural resources programs. The publication is available in PDF format (196 kb).


Hispanic/Latino

American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study Find the full text of the theme study (overview essay and 16 chapters) as well as links to preservation tools.

Hispanic Reflections   Hispanic Reflections on the American Landscape: Identifying and Interpreting Hispanic Heritage (2009) (pdf 10 mb) examines Hispanic cultural heritage found within the American built environment and its interpretation thoughout NPS cultural resources programs. The publication is available in English and Spanish, in PDF format.


African American

African Reflections   African Reflections on the American Landscape: Identifying and Interpreting Africanisms examines African cultural heritage found in the built environment and its interpretation within the NPS cultural resources programs. It is available in PDF format (5 mb).



Places of Cultural Memory Conference Proceedings, contains the papers presented at the "Places of Cultural Memory: African Reflections on the American Landscape" conference in Atlanta, May 9-12, 2001. It is available in PDF format (5 mb).

American Indian

Keepers   Keepers of the Treasures, Protecting Historic Properties and Cultural Traditions on Indian Lands (17 mb) examines the funding needs for the management, interpretation, protection, and development of places of cultural significance on Indian lands and other native cultural heritage. The document is available in PDF format (17 mb).



General

The Cultural Heritage Needs Assessment: Phase 1, was developed to gain a better understanding of what aspects of cultural heritage are important to diverse cultural groups and what the Federal Government's cultural programs could do to better address these aspects of heritage. The draft report is available in PDF format (2 mb).

NHL Theme Studies and Special Studies

Read the National Historic Landmarks Program Summary 2011-2013 Progress Report on the Heritage Initiatives.

HABS/HAER/HALS

Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER), and Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS) collections are curated by the Library of Congress. Search these extensive collections, which document achievements in architecture, engineering, and landscape design in the United States and its territories through a comprehensive range of building types, engineering technologies, and landscapes.

History e-Library

The National Park Service's History e-Library contains thousands of electronic publications covering the history of the National Park Service and the units comprising the National Park System.