Established in 2011, and originally called the American Latino Heritage Fund, the mission of the National Park Foundation’s Latino Heritage Fund (LHF) is to preserve Latino history and elevate Latino stories and contributions to the U.S., past and present, through national parks.

Latino stories are present in the over 400 national parks across the country, some of which were specifically established to protect and interpret nationally significant places and stories associated with Latino heritage. 

With the support of its donors, NPF works in collaboration with the National Park Service and other partners to preserve and share stories that commemorate Hispanic heritage in parks and communities across the country. This includes working with NPS to identify innovative ways to engage current and future park visitors, increase relevancy and access, and build a culture that values diverse ideas and embraces the meaningful participation of all.

The NPF Latino Heritage Fund sponsored NPS’ American Latinos and the Making of the United States: A Theme Study in 2013. The theme study features essays by nationally recognized scholars addressing the contributions and experiences of Latinos and provides a framework as the NPS continues to work with partners and communities to identify, preserve, and interpret buildings, landscapes, and other sites that tell stories of Latinos in the United States. Due in part to the theme study’s research, eleven Latino history sites have been designated as new National Historic Landmarks.

Within the National Park System, there are 24 parks that have a primary story about Latino history and culture, and as mentioned previously, Latino history and culture can be found at hundreds of sites across the country. NPF, NPS, and partners are helping to preserve, amplify, and elevate more stories.