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Our Story

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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Recent News

American Latino Influencer Awards Announce Four Latina Valor Awards Honorees

Four Latina veterans from across the Armed Forces will be recognized for their leadership and service to the nation (Washington, DC) – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced today that among the awardees at the 2018 American Latino Influencer Awards (ALIAs) ceremony will be four recipients of the Valor Award, an award to […]

Carlos Gutierrez to be Honored at 2018 American Latino Influencer Awards

Dozens took to Capitol Hill to press for passage of the National Museum of the American Latino Act on the 7th anniversary of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission Report “To Illuminate the American Story for All.”

Bipartisan Coalition Advocates for Legislation

Dozens took to Capitol Hill to press for passage of the National Museum of the American Latino Act on the 7th anniversary of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission Report “To Illuminate the American Story for All.”