The National Park Service and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers invite you to visit units of the National Park System and places listed in the National Register of Historic Places, most of which are National Historic Landmarks, that bring alive American Latino stories illuminating the many diverse ways Latino peoples have contributed to the history and development of the United States. The destinations featured in the American Latino Heritage Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary reflect hundreds of years of American Latino heritage from the first Spanish expeditions to the New World and the early settlements to later contributions, struggles for civil rights, and much more. The itinerary offers several ways to discover and experience these historic places:
• Descriptions of each featured destination on the List of Sites highlight the significance of the places and their stories, photographs and other illustrations, and information on how to visit.
• Essays provide background on The National Park Service and American Latino Heritage and on important American Latino Heritage themes that offer context for understanding places featured in the itinerary and others that are worthy of recognition. Essays in American Latinos and the Making of the United States:A Theme Study eloquently demonstrate how Latino people have been and continue to be important in “Making the Nation,” “Making a Life,” “Making a Living,” and “Making a Democracy.”
• Maps help visitors plan what to see and do and get directions to places to visit.
• A Learn More section provides links to relevant tourism, history, preservation, general information, and other relevant websites. This section also provides a bibliography.
View the itinerary online or print it as a guide if you plan to visit in person. The American Latino Heritage Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary, the 55th in this ongoing series, is part of the Department of the Interior’s American Latino Heritage Initiative and the National Park Service’s commitment to connect people to history and encourage visits to national parks and other historic places in the nation. The itineraries are created by a partnership of the National Park Service; the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers; and Federal, State, and local governments and private organizations in communities, regions, and heritage areas throughout the United States. The itineraries help people everywhere learn about and plan trips to visit the amazing diversity of this country’s historic places. The National Park Service and its partners hope you enjoy this itinerary and others in the series. If you have any comments or questions, please just click on “Comments or Questions” at the bottom of each page.