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We need a National American Latino Museum

The contributions of American Latinos to this nation date back to even before its creation, and we are committed to rightfully honoring those stories with a national institution. Currently there are over 50.5 million Americans of Latino descent in this country, representing more than 16% of the U.S. population. The passing of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum is vital for the development of this growing population that is estimated to total 25% of the U.S. population by 2050.

The Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act, H.R. 2911/ S.1364

Site Designation

The bill proposes several sites for the future home of a museum, including:

  • The Arts and Industries Building of the Smithsonian Institution
  • A vacant area bounded by Independence Avenue, Jefferson Drive, Raoul Wallenberg Place, and 14th Street Southwest, currently under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service.
  • The area bounded by 3rd Street and 1st Street, Northwest and Constitution Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue,Northwest, currently under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol.
  • The facility and grounds on the National Mall between 12th and 14th Streets, Southwest, and Jefferson Drive and Independence Avenue, Southwest, currently under the jurisdiction of the Department of Agriculture.
  • Any other appropriate location as identified by the Board of Trustees or Board of Regents.

Site Development

  • The legislation gives the Board of Regents 24 months to conduct a plan of action to study the best way to plan, design, fund and construct an American Latino Museum, taking into account the Commission’s report.

Funding

  • Like all Smithsonian museums before it, this museum will be a public private partnership; utilizing public funds, but not without private investment of 50% of the construction costs.

You can help!

This is our time to act and make sure we are represented in our nation’s capital and the retelling of American history! Here are some easy ways to make a big impact:

Pick up the phone and call your U.S. Representative or Senator by following these three easy steps:

  1. Find your Representative
  2. Call the U.S. House switchboard operator at (202) 225-3121 to get transferred to your designated office
  3. Ask your Representative to support the American Latino Museum Act, H.R. 2911/ S.1364 (script below):

“Hello my name is (______) and as your constituent, I urge you to support the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act, H.R. 2911/ S.1364. I believe the creation of this museum is long overdue, and I believe it can educate, inspire, and encourage understanding of the richness and diversity of the American Latino experience within the U.S. (insert what an American Latino Museum would mean to you). I hope I can count on you to co-sponsor the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act and make this museum a reality.”

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