National Hispanic Heritage Month

Image of ruins near Castolon, Texas, Big Bend National Park. Ruins, Castolon Historic District
Big Bend National Park

National Park Service photograph
The National Register of Historic Places is pleased to help foster the general public's awareness, understanding, and appreciation for Hispanic culture during National Hispanic Heritage Month. As part of the celebration, this site highlights various publications, properties listed in the National Register, and National Parks that deal directly with the ingenuity, creativity, cultural, and political experiences of Hispanic Americans. Join the National Register of Historic Places in recognizing and exploring the achievements of a people that have contributed so much to American culture.

Image of building in Castolon, Texas with Cerro Castellan in the background, Big Bend National Park. Cerro Castellan, Castolon Historic District
Big Bend National Park

National Park Service photograph

Teaching with Historic Places
This program offers a series of lesson plans that use places listed in the National Register to examine subjects that are part of history and social studies curricula. Included among the 48 lessons now available on-line are three that focus on Hispanic History:

*Californio to American:
A Study in Cultural Change

Evaluate the changes to an adobe ranch house and its surroundings in suburban Long Beach to analyze the interaction between Spanish and Anglo culture in California.

*Castolon: A Meeting Place of Two Cultures
Understand the Hispanic and Anglo influences on settlements along the Texas-Mexico border region of the Rio Grande.

*San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas
Explore a group of 18th-century missions in modern San Antonio to learn about Spanish influence on native peoples and the patterns of Texas culture.

*Ybor City: Cigar Capital of the World
Discover how immigrant cigar makers in this section of Tampa, Florida, adapted to life in the U.S. in the late 19th and early 20th century while maintaining their ethnic identity.

National Register Printed Itineraries
These itineraries are self-guided tours to National Parks and other historic places. All five itineraries contain Hispanic American resources, and each includes detailed maps, tourist information, location information, and color photographs.

Exploring Hispanic History in the National Register of Historic Places
A Cultural Resources Management article that explores Hispanic architecture and landscapes listed in the National Register. Note: The article is in PDF format and loading time may take a bit longer for some users. Search the CRM Archives, then the specific title

Featured Historic Properties

Image of Ybanez Farm House, Los Ybanez. Ybanez Farm House,
Los Ybanez, Texas

Texas Historical Commission
Lamesa Farm Workers Community Historic District
Learn more about the Farm Security Administrations efforts to improve housing and living standards for migrant workers in the cotton producing farmlands of West Texas.

Padua Hills Theatre
Explore the history of this Southern California hillside theatre, including the unique theatrical group called the Mexican Players. For over 40 years this group, performing Spanish language folk dramas, educated American visitors on the rich and diverse culture of Mexico.

History in the Parks

Image of the Abó Ruins, Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument. Abó Ruins,
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument

National Park Service photograph

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