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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

DORENE DOMINGUEZ TO RECEIVE LEGACY AWARD AT 2019 AMERICAN LATINO INFLUENCER AWARDS CEREMONY

Los Angeles, CA – Friends of the American Latino Museum (FRIENDS) announced today that among the honorees at the 2019 annual American Latino Influencer Awards (ALIAs) ceremony will be philanthropist and business leader Dorene Dominguez, who will receive the Legacy Award for her commitment to building opportunities to succeed for all. Ms. Dominguez will be […]

FIRST CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON A NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE AMERICAN LATINO HELD IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

Washington, DC— Today, the House Committee on Natural Resources hosted the first-ever Congressional hearing for the National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420). The bill has 218 bipartisan cosponsors, a bipartisan Senate counterpart, and would establish the long overdue Smithsonian Museum on the National Mall dedicated to commemorating the 500 plus years of […]

Members of Congress and Latinx Leaders Host Press conference Following Historic Hearing on the National Museum of the American Latino Act

Washington, DC— On Thursday, October 17, the Friends of the American Latino Museum will host a press conference at the House Triangle following a historic House Committee on Natural Resources hearing for the National Museum of the American Latino Act (H.R. 2420). The press conference will be livestreamed. Who: Rep. Raul Grijalva, Chair of the […]