Program in Latino History and Culture

Established in 2004 with support from the Smithsonian Latino Center, the Program in Latino History and Culture (PLHC) works to develop public programs that reflect the rich and distinctive history of Latino communities and cultures in the United States. Through the support of Latino scholarship and the presentation of lectures, films, concerts, and more, PLHC enlivens the National Museum of American History’s collections, exhibitions, and overall experience.

Within and beyond the Museum, PLHC collaborates with exhibition planning teams, curators, academics, and community-based organizations to research and represent the full diversity of U.S. Latinos and their experiences. Past projects have included annual celebrations of Dia de los Muertos in conjunction with the National Museum of American Indian; a Central American Traditions festival featuring music, food, and mural making; and a “More Than Malbec” panel discussion on Argentine wine. PLHC programming has also highlighted “Original Latin Bombshell” Diosa Costello, the United Farm Workers’ Delano Grape Strike, and Dominican American author Junot Diaz.

To see photos and learn more about past events, use the “Past Public Programs” link on the right. The navigation menu also includes links to Spanish-language museum resources, online exhibitions and collections, and PLHC program reports.

Establecido en 2004 con el apoyo del Centro Latino del Smithsonian, el Programa en Historia y Cultura Latina (PLHC) trabaja para desarrollar programas públicos que reflejan la historia rica y distintiva de las comunidades y culturas latinas en los Estados Unidos. A través de la presentación de conferencias, filmes, conciertos, y otras actividades, PLHC enriquece las colecciones, exhibiciones, y la experiencia general del Museo Nacional de la Historia Americana.

Dentro y fuera del museo, PLHC colabora con equipos que planean exhibiciones, conservadores, académicos, y organizaciones basadas en las comunidades para investigar y representar toda la diversidad de los latinos estadounidenses y sus experiencias. Proyectos anteriores han incluido
celebraciones anuales del Día de los Muertos con el Museo Nacional del Indio Americano; un festival de tradiciones centroamericanas con música, comida, y la creación de un mural; y un panel de discusión “No solo Malbec”, sobre vino argentino. Los programas de PLHC también han destacado la original “Latin Bombshell” Diosa Costello, la huelga de la uva de la unión de campesinos en Delano, y el autor dominicano estadounidense Junot Díaz.

Para ver fotografías y aprender más sobre los eventos pasados de PLHC, favor de usar el enlace “Past Public Programs” a la derecha. El menú de navegación también incluye enlaces a recursos del museo en español, exhibiciones y colecciones que están en línea, e informes de PLHC.

Past Public Programs

Every year, the Program in Latino History and Culture works diligently to create public programs that engage visitors of all backgrounds in the Latino history that is American history. This page lists some of the many cultural, historical, and musical projects PLHC has presented since its launch in 2004. Follow the links for photos, videos, and more details.

Panels and Conferences

Program Reports

The Program in Latino History and Culture publishes yearly program reports to summarize and evaluate its various efforts towards strengthening the Latino prescence in the National Museum of American History.

Washington Metropolitan Area Latino Research Study

Staff

Director, Special Initiatives and Director, Program in Latino History and Culture
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