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

Sponges of diverse shapes and colors arranged in a line

While the iconic egg-shaped Beautyblender sponge is wildly popular and used by makeup professionals and everyday people from all backgrounds all over the world, few people know the story behind the company and how it got its start.

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Until the successes of the United Farm Workers (UFW) in the 1960s, agriculture was one of the last industries to hold out on unionization due to social and legal obstacles.
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