Washington, D.C. (February 11, 2013) – The American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF) of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, announced the launch of its new website, www.ALHF.org. The new website supports ALHF’s work to preserve, integrate and celebrate the cultural, economic and civic contributions of Latino communities in the American story, as well as to open channels of engagement that encourage Latinos to visit historic sites and national parks. Centered on this fundamental mission, the new website functions as an information hub to enhance the quality and availability of information about the American Latino Heritage Fund and National Park Foundation’s preservation efforts in the Latino community.
Among several special features, the website includes a database of national parks units, national historic landmarks and heritage areas related to the American Latino experience. Its user-friendly design provides more efficient access to ALHF resources, mission and leadership, as well as featured content, videos, photo galleries, and links to the organization’s newsletter. Visitors are also encouraged to send in donations in support of ALHF’s mission: the nomination of historic landmarks that celebrate Latinos’ contributions to the American experience; and helping the National Park Service raise the profile of American Latino heritage and history through education and curriculums.
“The new ALHF.org is the first of many steps designed to strengthen our efforts across the web and social media channels,” says Midy Aponte, executive director of the American Latino Heritage Fund. “We are continually striving to effectively engage audiences on issues of importance specific to preserving American Latino history and heritage in the U.S.”
Recognizing the need for a better-shared understanding and documentation of the American Latino experiences in the United States, ALHF has developed many platforms from which to share its work and mission. Beginning February 11, ALHF will hold monthly virtual townhalls to discuss Latino history and culture via Twitter under hashtag #LatinoHeritage.
Recently, ALHF participated in and sponsored a series of events held around Washington, D.C. during the January Presidential inauguration in order to strengthen the voice of the Latino community in the public arena in the United States and beyond. These events included the Futuro Talks: Latino Power Symposium, held at the headquarters of the Organization of American States, which brought together leaders of influential Latino organizations in the United States to discuss how Hispanics can increase their participation in civic life.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN LATINO HERITAGE FUND
The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation will assist the National Park Service and communities across the country to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve, reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos for future generations. For more information, please visit www.ALHF.org.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s nearly 400 national parks and their programs. Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places. www.nationalparks.org.