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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

Celebrating the Life of Former Commissioner Sandy Colón Peltyn

Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) mourns the passing of a dear friend and champion for the Latina community, former Commissioner Sandy Colón Peltyn. We offer our deepest condolences to her family, and it is with tremendous honor and affection that we remember her passion and dedication to the fight for an American Latino […]

Congresswoman Nydia Velàzquez to Receive Legacy Award at 2018 American Latino Influencer Awards

Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced today that among the honorees at the 2018 annual American Latino Influencer Awards (ALIAs) ceremony will be United States Congresswoman Nydia M. Velàzquez (D-NY), who will receive the Legacy Award for her lifetime of service and fearless advocacy for the American Latino community and all Americans. Congresswoman […]

Chefs for Puerto Rico to Be Recognized for Excellence in Public Service at the 2018 American Latino Influencer Awards

(Washington, DC) – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced today that Chefs for Puerto Rico, a World Central Kitchen initiative, will receive the Public Service Award at the 2018 American Latino Influencer Awards (ALIAs) ceremony for its work alleviating hunger in Puerto Rico following devastation from Hurricane Maria that lingers to this very […]