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

[graphic text] Ascending to New Heights

The Spanish Colonial adobe San Francisco de Asís Mission Church is one of the best known churches in New Mexico, and featured in our latest online travel itinerary--American Southwest

September 15 - October 15

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.


Recently released- the Spanish Version of our National Register of Historic Places brochure

The Spanish Version of our new brochure, El Registro Nacional de Lugares Historicos, is available online and in print--a comprehensive look at all of the National Register's activities from the effects of listing to our educational outreach programs. Its the National Register from A to Z--en Español!

National Register Travel Itineraries
Travel to historic places that convey the rich cultural heritage of our American Indian population with inspiring stories of their perseverance across America.

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] St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District, Florida
Photograph courtesy of Florida Dept. of Commerce, Division of Tourism; Robert M. Overton, photographer

Santa Barbara Presidio Historic District
Learn more about the presidio and pueblo of Santa Barbara, California during the Spanish Colonial period.

St. Augustine Town Plan Historic District
Read more about St. Augustine, town plan of the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States.

History in the Parks

[photo] San Juan National Historic Site, this year's featured National Park
National Park Service photo

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.
This Tuscon-based website contains a wide variety of information for English-speaking Hispanic-Americans.

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 76,000 properties have been listed in the National Register. Together these files hold information on more than 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 features from 2002, 2001 and 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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