The Latino community accounts for approximately 54 million people in the American population. And despite a 400-year history in North America and the existence of vibrant communities throughout the United States, Latino culture, heritage, visitation and stewardship of national parks are severely underrepresented at national parks and historical sites. The current composition within the National Historic Landmarks Program does not accurately reflect the diversity of the nation.
These memorials, landscapes, ecosystems and historic sites are designated to tell the story of our country’s founding and to preserve our treasured places so they will remain untouched for future generations.
Only by reflecting the true diversity of the American experience and engaging future generations will we preserve our natural, cultural and historical treasures.
The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation along with the National Park Service are working to catalyze the conversations and actions that will improve the representation of Latino heritage in, visitors to, and long-term stewardship of America’s national parks.