About the American Latino Museum
The 23-member Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino was appointed in 2008 by the President and Congressional leadership and worked in an exemplary, bipartisan fashion to produce a first-class feasibility report. The Commission submitted its final report on 5/5/2011-before the deadline and under budget. It was released at a White House ceremony by the presidentially appointed National Museum of the American Latino Commission.
The campaign to create a Smithsonian American Latino Museum has been active since 2004. We are the only current museum initiative with a completed commission report that recommends our location on the Mall. As the largest ethnic group in the nation with the most significant ties to the founding of this nation, we have a compelling case for moving onto the iconic National Mall and joining the many prestigious institutions that welcome the over 30 million tourists each year to present our American story.
Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) is a non-profit, charitable organization, and it is the only organization dedicated to the creation of a National American Latino Museum.
The Latino community has been an important part of America since before the founding of our great nation. American Latinos are veterans, artists, athletes, business leaders- active participants in every walk of life. The Latino story is the American story: one of family, patriotism, hard work, and pride in the country we've all built together. This American story can only be trusted to one of the greatest research and cultural centers in the world——the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall. The national record of who we are, where we've come from, and what it means to be an American belong in our most important cultural institutions.
Without a museum that houses the story of American Latinos, that record is incomplete. That's where Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino comes in. We educate and promote awareness of the initiative, help support legislation, and fundraise for the public share of the future museum, so that all our families can see themselves represented in our nation's capitol. This campaign began with the support of President George W. Bush, has bipartisan support in Congress, and widespread public enthusiasm. The need for representation of American Latinos on the National Mall has been publicly acknowledged by the Smithsonian itself for more than 20 years. So the portrait of America in our nation's galleries remains incomplete, it is our mission to at long last create a home for the story of a People and the heritage of our nation.