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Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service

Paving the Way for Future Generations, September 15 - October 15

[Photo] Remains of King's Magazine, Fort Frederica National Monument, one of the sites featured in the Along the Georgia-Florida Coast Travel Itinerary.
Photo by Ed Mathews
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.

[photo] El Morro, San Juan National Historic Site, one of the TwHP featured lesson plans for Hispanic Heritage Month.
National Park Service photograph

National Register Printed Itineraries
These itineraries are self-guided tours to National Parks and other historic places in the American Southwest, California Coast, South/West Texas, Puerto Rico/Virgin Islands, and Along the Georgia-Florida Coast. All five itineraries contain Hispanic American resources, and each includes detailed maps, tourist information, location information, and color photographs.

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 many lessons now available on-line are eight that focus on Hispanic History:

Featured Historic Properties

[photo] Genero P. and Carolina Briones Home, Austin, Texas
Photograph courtesy of the Texas Historical Commission
El Centro Español de Tampa
Learn more about this exemplary Spanish club in the Gold Coast States.

Genero P. and Carolina Briones House
Discover the multicolored tinted concrete home of Texas bricklayer and plasterer Genero P. Briones.

Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández
Find out more about this influential Puerto Rican-owned music store in New York City.

Arkansas Sculptures of Dionicio Rodriguez
Explore the outdoor tinted concrete sculptures of artist Dioncio Rodriquez.

History in the Parks

[photo] Mission, Tumacácori National Historic Park,
Photo by Bob Wallace, National Park Service

Cultural Resources Management
"CRM" is the flagship publication of the NPS Cultural Resources Programs and contains articles on the full range of cultural resources management and preservation topics. The following issues deal directly with questions regarding Hispanic cultural resources. Search the CRM Issue Archives, then search by specific title:

  • Hispanic History in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Exploring Hispanic History and Culture--A Dynamic Field

Diversity in the National Park Service
A highlight of the National Park Service's on-going efforts to reflect the diversity of American culture.

Library of Congress: Built in America (HABS/HAER)
The Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS) and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) collections document achievements in architecture, engineering, and design in the United States through a comprehensive range of building types and engineering technologies, including sites related to Hispanic history and culture. Searches on keywords like "Spanish," "missions," or "Spanish forts" will provide information on an array of associated sites. Most of the site records have publication-quality drawings, photographs and historical data.

National Register Information System
Since its inception in 1966, more than 73,000 properties have been listed in the National Register. Together these files hold information on nearly one million individual resources--buildings, sites, districts, structures, and objects--and therefore provide a link to the country's heritage at the national, state, and local levels. Search by name, location, agency, or theme to locate National Register properties associated with Hispanic history.

Past Hispanic Heritage Month Features
For more information about other Hispanic properties listed in the National Register, please visit our past feature from 2000.

Spanish Colonial Research Center
As a way of recognizing our Spanish colonial past in the United States and in commemoration of the Columbus Quincentennial in 1992, the National Park Service established the Spanish Colonial Research Center in partnership with the University of New Mexico. The center's primary purpose is serving research needs by providing a computerized data base from Spanish colonial documents. More than 85,000 pages of microfilmed Spanish colonial documents and approximately 4,500 maps, architectural plans, and sketches of North America have been accumulated.

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