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.
In the Barrios and the Big Leagues / En los barrios y las grandes ligas
Latinas Report Breaking News
Jairo Javier Morales's Graduation Cap
This graduation cap and gown were worn by Jairo Javier Morales, a Latino college graduate, to celebrate his identity as an undocumented, queer, Mexican American artist. The cap and gown are currently on display in “¡Presente! A Latino History of the United States.”
¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues
This photo appears in “¡Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues,” a bilingual exhibition that explores the impact of Latinos on baseball. “¡Pleibol!” will tour the country after October 2022.
- Food History (PDF). This guide from the museum's Food History Team assembles a wealth of resources which speak to and reflect the role of food in the migration, work, family, and community experiences of Latinos in the United States.
In the News
- “Smithsonian’s Latino gallery makes big gains for accessibility,” The Washington Post (June 2022)