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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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Recent News

FRIENDS Launches Hispanic Heritage Month Campaign One Nation: ¡Presente!, Highlighting Support to Establish the National Museum of the American Latino

Today Friends of the National American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced the launch of One Nation: ¡Presente!, a campaign during Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the collective 500-year history, vision, and contributions of American Latinos to our nation. The campaign will showcase the political and public support for the National Museum of the American Latino Act […]

FRIENDS OF THE AMERICAN LATINO MUSEUM LAUNCHES ARIZONA REGIONAL LEADERSHIP NETWORK

(Washington, D.C.) – Friends of the National American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced the launch of its inaugural Arizona Regional Leadership Network, featuring leaders in politics, media, and business statewide. The network is a part of the FRIENDS national Regional Leadership Network program to galvanize support from high-profile leaders across the country. Members will serve as […]

TOWN OF BERNALILLO, NEW MEXICO PASSES RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A NATIONAL SMITHSONIAN AMERICAN LATINO MUSEUM 

(Washington, D.C.) – The Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) extends its congratulations and gratitude to the Town of Bernalillo, New Mexico on the town’s recent resolution in support of legislation to establish a Smithsonian National Museum of the American Latino. Adopted on July 8, 2019, the resolution underscores Bernalillo’s commitment to honoring the […]