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One of family, patriotism, hard work, ingenuity, and pride in the country we’ve all built together.

American Latinos are veterans, artists, athletes, business leaders–active participants in every walk of life. Latino communities have been an integral part of America since well before the founding of this great nation.

Our Stories
Can’t Stay Silent

Join us in calling for the building of a Smithsonian museum to house them.

Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) is a non-profit, charitable organization, and is the only initiative dedicated to the creation of a National American Latino Museum.

The need for representation of American Latinos on the National Mall has been publicly acknowledged by the Smithsonian itself for more than 20 years.

“Latinos are woven into the fabric of America. All Americans benefit from a greater understanding of Latino contributions to this great country”

– Gina Rodriguez

What Would You Include?

Frida’s cast. Rudolfo Anaya’s manuscripts. Anthony Muñoz’s zapatos. The stethoscope of Helen Rodríguez Trías. Tell us the stories, people, events, or objects you believe should be featured in the American Latino Museum.

What I want to highlight for inclusion in the eventual Museum of the American Latino:

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The National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420) is supported by over 290 bipartisan co-sponsors in the House Washington, DC — The National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420), a bipartisan, bicameral bill to establish a museum on the National Mall dedicated to honoring the contributions of Latinos throughout American history, […]

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON DIVERSITY IN THE SMITHSONIAN HELD IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

The National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420) secured support of a bipartisan majority of the House  Washington, DC— Today, the Committee on House Administration is hosting a hearing on diverse stories in the Smithsonian Institution, Oversight of the Smithsonian Institution: Opportunities for Growth by Honoring Latino Americans and Asian Pacific Americans. Among […]

FORMER U.S. TREASURER ROSARIO MARIN TO RECEIVE PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD AT 2019 AMERICAN LATINO INFLUENCER AWARDS

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS), announced today that Rosario Marin, the 41st United States Treasurer, will receive the Public Service Award at the 2019 annual American Latino Influencer Awards (ALIAs) on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. The […]