National Park Service: American Latino Heritage Projects
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    American Latino Heritage Projects

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The National Park Service American Latino Heritage projects explore how the legacy of American Latinos can be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations. The National Park Service, as a storyteller of our Nation’s past, is committed to connecting and amplifying American Latino stories throughout national parks and communities across the United States.

This website highlights projects undertaken by National Park Service parks and programs as part of the Service’s commitment to telling the American Latino story. Projects vary from increased interpretation, collaboration with community organizations, and the production of scholarly documentation.


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Awards & Honors: 2014 National Humanities Medalist Vicki Lynn Ruiz

Vicki Lynn Ruiz, a member of the National Park System Advisory Board and its American Latino Scholars Expert Panel, is one of the the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. President Barack Obama conferred the medal in a September 10 ceremony at the White House.

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American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study

American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study is a publication of the National Park System Advisory Board (NPSAB) for the National Park Service (NPS). Who is this theme study for? It's for students and teachers, for researchers, for preservation professionals, for local, state and federal government officials, and for the general public. In other words, it's for you.

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The American Latino Heritage Initiative and the Search for Historic Sites in California

Interested in using American Latinos and the Making of the Unites States for helping students learn about history through historic sites?  Architect Luis G. Hoyos, of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, designed a course in Architecture and Historic Preservation using the American Latino Heritage Initiative as a framework.  His syllabus is available here as a tool to get started.

National Park Service American Latino Heritage brochure

English & Spanish (En inglés y español) - (.pdf 9mb)

Latino Unigrid Brochure


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Linking Hispanic Heritage Through Archeology (.pdf 24mb)

In 2013 the NPS Archeology Program in partnership with the University of Arizona and the Environmental Education Exchange introduced Latino high school students and teachers to Arizona's rich Latino heritage through participation in an archeological project at Guevavi Mission, a unit of Tumacacori Mission National Historical Park. During a four week summer session students and their teachers worked in the archeology lab at the University of Arizona; attended lectures and hands-on programs; and visited national, state, and local parks. 


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Hispanics and the Civil War: From the Battlefield to the Homefront (.pdf 20mb)

More than 20,000 Hispanics fought in the Civil War: some for the Union and some for the Confederacy. Thousands of Hispanic civilians lent hearts and hands on the homefront.


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Preservation Toolkit

What does Historic Preservation mean for American Latino Communities?


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Documentation of Forty Acres

Historical American Buildings Survey documentation of Forty Acres will result in measured drawings, a written historical document, and large format photography of Forty Acres, a designated National Historic Landmark property closely associated with the career of Cesar Chavez.


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Nationwide Youth Summits

Two Latino Youth Summits in 2012, one in Washington, DC and another in Washington State, involved young Latinos and others with historic preservation. Youth Summits engage students with historic places and empower them to share their ideas with leaders in their communities. A guide on how to plan and conduct Youth Summits is available on the NPS Teaching with Historic Places website.


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Teaching With Historic Places Latino Heritage Plans

Teaching with Historic Places engages students from upper elementary school through college in active learning from real historic places. Seven  online  classroom lesson plans focus on the role of Latino heritage in our nation’s history.  Two of these lesson plans are available in Spanish as well as in English.


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American Latino Heritage Travel Itinerary

Latino peoples have contributed to and shaped the heritage of the United States in many ways for over 500 years. Explore their stories and their legacies in a new National Park Service travel itinerary on American Latino Heritage. This itinerary features units of the National Park System and places listed in the National Register of Historic Places, most of which are designated National Historic Landmarks.


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El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail Travel Itinerary

The history of the United States traditionally has been told from east to west. The designation of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro as a National Historic Trail in 2000 recognizes another path, a bi-national trail, three-quarters of which winds through the central highlands of Mexico.


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Learn more about Latino heritage with this online video "Conversations with American Latino Scholars Experts Panel" including Frances Negron-Mutaner, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English & Comparative Literature and Director, Center for the Study of Ethnicity & Race, Columbia University; Stephen J. Pitti, Ph.D., Professor of History and American Studies and Director, Program in Ethnicity, Race, and Migration, Yale University; and Antonia Castaneda, Ph.D., Independent Scholar, San Antonio, Texas, and retired Professor of History, St. Mary's University, Texas.


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National Register of Historic Places Brochure is now available in Spanish!

The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Our brochure gives an overview of our program, includes a map showing how many listings are in each county throughout the U.S., and has great photographs of historic properties, including properties significant for Hispanic Heritage. It measures 16” by 24”.


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Research resources for Puerto Rican, Latino, Latin American and Caribbean Studies are available for documentation efforts.


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A Report on the American Latino Heritage Initiative 2012 (.pdf 20mb)

One of the goals of Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is to reconnect the American people to both the natural world and to our nation’s rich historic and cultural heritage.


Past Summits

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Latino Legacy Forum

Thursday, October 24, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Ruben Salazar Park
(formerly Laguna Park)
3864 Whittier Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90023
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San Antonio Latino Legacy Summit

Saturday, February 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Theater
1300 Guadalupe Street
San Antonio, TX 78207