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.
Places that preserve and share Latino heritage include, but are not limited to:
- Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site
- Cabrillo National Monument
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
- César E. Chávez National Monument
- Chamizal National Memorial
- Coronado National Memorial
- De Soto National Memorial
- El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
- El Camino Real De Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail
- Fort Laramie National Historic Site
- Fort Matanzas National Monument
- Fort Union National Monument
- Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail
- Old Spanish National Historic Trail
- Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park
- Pecos National Historical Park
- Petroglyph National Monument
- Pinnacles National Park
- Rio Grande Wild & Scenic River
- Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument
- Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve
- San Antonio Missions National Historical Park
- San Juan National Historic Site
- Santa Fe National Historical Trail
- Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve
- Tumacácori National Historical Park
- Valles Caldera National Preserve