The National Park Service is dedicated to telling the story of all Americans, broadening our vision of our ever-evolving nation. In past posts for Hispanic Heritage Month we discussed why Spanish colonization failed on the Olympic Peninsula and the harrowing tales of shipwrecks at Chilean Memorial. Olympic National Park proudly preserves these lesser known stories in the rich pantheon of Hispanic Heritage.
Countless other NPS sites commemorate the ways that Hispanic people have enriched the US. The San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico preserves histories of centuries of Spanish occupation and the island’s transition into a US commonwealth. El Morro National Monument in New Mexico not only protects centuries of ancestral Puebloan culture, but over 400 years of Spanish history in the Southwest. The Cesar Chavez National Monument in California interprets the history of Chavez’s, Dolores Huerta and the United Farm Workers of America (UFW) members’ struggles during the 1970s to unionize migrant farm workers to demand higher wages and safer working conditions.
As Hispanic history predates the US’s founding, Hispanic history imbues American history. The NPS seeks to preserve and protect America’s natural and cultural resources as well as constantly making these sites relevant to all Americans today and into the future.
Thank you for celebrating Hispanic Heritage month with Olympic National Park. I hope to see you here enjoying the park soon! Please visit our park website for planning your next trip www.nps.gov/olym