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Latino history is American history. Latinos trace their origins to Latin America and other Spanish colonies, both in the Caribbean and in the contemporary United States. These groups include, but are not limited to, Indigenous, Mestizos, Afro-Latinos, and other mixed-race people. Currently representing the largest ethnic minority in the country, Latinos have participated in the creation and growth of this nation well before it was named the United States. Complex stories of colonization, immigration, and slavery make Latino history an infinite source for inquiry and knowledge. Explore many complex Latino narratives through our exhibits, collections, archives, programs, and blogs.

Visit the Program in Latino History and Culture website to learn about the Museum’s efforts to support and expand Latino scholarship. 

Object groups

Spanish language broadcasting

Podcasts

Al Cine Vámonos - Braceros (November 14, 2016)

Pedro Pan (August 31, 2016)

Diosa Costello (August 16, 2016)

Videos

A Conversation with John Leguizamo (December 6, 2018)

Stories

The Spirit of Latina/o Giving from the Shadows of War

 

From Our Blog

The museum has created a new collecting initiative focused on how undocumented activists are leading fights for political representation.
 Lobby cards for the film "Saludos Amigos"
In his 1933 inaugural speech, President Franklin D. Roosevelt promoted the importance of the Good Neighbor Policy. When Roosevelt delivered his speech, few would have guessed that, just a few years later, Donald Duck would become an "ambassador at large" to facilitate U.S. policy.
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