American Latino Heritage Featured Places

The National Park Service cares for America's more than 400 national parks…and works in almost every one of her 3,141 counties. We are proud that tribes, local governments, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and individual citizens ask for our help in revitalizing their communities, preserving local history, celebrating local heritage, and creating close to home opportunities for kids and families to get outside, be active, and have fun. Find a few selected important places outside the parks here and explore the links for more. Then explore what you can do to share your own stories and the places that matter to you.

Casa Amadeo: Casa Amadeo is located in the Bronx in New York City. Opened in 1941 by Victoria Hernández and her brother Rafael as Casa Hernández, they sold it in 1969 to musician and composer Mike Amadeo. He renamed it Casa Amadeo, antigua Casa Hernández. Today, it is the oldest continuously run Latin music store in the Bronx. It is noted for its significance to the Latin music scene in New York City and its role in the Puerto Rican migration experience.

Freedom Tower: In Miami, Florida, the building housed the Cuban Assistance Center from 1962 to 1974. It offered relief to Cuban refugees who sought political asylum from Fidel Castro's Communist regime. As the single most identifiable building associated with the Cuban exile experience, it was designated a National Historic Landmark. It is significant for its association with Cuban exile immigration to the U.S. in the second half of the 20th century.

El Barrio Libre: The Barrio Libre (Free District) in Tucson, Arizona, is a large Spanish-speaking neighborhood. The area was originally settled in the 19th century by laborers from the Presidio de San Agustín del Tucson as well as ranchers who built their town homes in the district. Barrio Libre has played an important role in the development of the city of Tucson. It still retains 19th-century Hispanic traditions of urban form and architecture. The district is noted for its adobe architecture, which exhibits a combination of Spanish, Mexican, and Anglo influences.

The Trujillo Homesteads National Historic Landmark: The Trujillo Homesteads encompass two 19th century Hispanic ranching properties located in the San Luis Valley of southern Colorado. The area includes the 1865 Teofilo and Andrellita Trujillo Homestead and the 1879 homestead of their son and his wife, Pedro and Sofia Trujillo.

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