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.
Al Cine Vámonos - Braceros (November 14, 2016)
Pedro Pan (August 31, 2016)
Diosa Costello (August 16, 2016)
A Conversation with John Leguizamo (December 6, 2018)
Latinas Talk Latinas | Latinas hablan de Latinas
This series introduces you to the lives of 10 Latinas, as told by curators, scientists, and educators across the Smithsonian.
Esta serie presenta las vidas de 10 latinas contadas por curadoras, científicas y educadoras del Smithsonian.