The National Museum of American History utilizes a variety of interactive carts to help visitors of all ages experience hands-on history. Since the Museum's reopening in 2008, several of these carts have been used to tell Latino stories. While past carts have featured object collections related to Latin Music, Día de los Muertos, and Carnaval, the current (and longest-running) cart operated by the Program in Latino History and Culture is the immigration cart.
Primarily staffed by PLHC interns, the immigration cart enables visitors of all backgrounds to better understand the long and complex history of Latino people in the United States.
Objects currently in use on the immigration cart include: Abuelita hot chocolate, a tortilla press, huaraches, a short hoe, a Quinceañera pillow, and an apron. With these items and more, interns and docents can teach visitors about a range of topics, from the Mexican Food Revolution to the local Latino communities of D.C. to the Bracero guest worker program. Every week, museum-goers have the chance to see, touch, and share Latino history thanks to our interactive cart. During an average week in June, the cart was on the floor for six hours and interacted with over 300 visitors.
In March 2012, a PLHC intern blogged about her experiences with the cart.