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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.

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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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Friends Of The National Museum Of The American Latino Welcomes Announcement Of  Inaugural Smithsonian American Latino Museum Board Of Trustees

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Today the Smithsonian Board of Regents, the governing body of the Smithsonian Institution, announced 17 appointments to the Board of Trustees of the future National Museum of the American Latino. The newly named Board of Trustees will be an integral part of the leadership, planning and development of the first national Smithsonian museum dedicated […]

THREE POWERHOUSE LATINAS NAMED TO FRIENDS OF THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pulling from health advocacy, business, and human rights advocacy, these three Latinas are joining in the fight to ensure the National Museum of the American Latino gets its rightful place on our National Mall WASHINGTON, D.C. — Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS), an advocacy campaign fighting for the creation of […]

2021 WINNER ANNOUNCED OF 10TH ANNUAL DESIGN CONTEST, SPONSORED BY AARP & TARGET  

New York artist Jose Flores submits winning design in celebration of Latino heritage WASHINGTON, D.C. —Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino (FRIENDS) announced today the winner of its 10th Annual Design Contest in celebration of Latino heritage in the US. José Flores is an artist from New York with roots in Guatemala. […]

Latino Leaders Sign on to a Letter Urging the Smithsonian Secretary to Place the Latino Museum on the National Mall

MORE THAN 100 INFLUENTIAL LATINO LEADERS SIGN ON TO A LETTER URGING THE SMITHSONIAN SECRETARY TO ENSURE THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO GETS ITS RIGHTFUL PLACE ON THE NATIONAL MALL Read the letter and add your name by clicking here WASHINGTON—After a triumphant year in 2020 with getting the National Museum of the American […]