Smithsonian Latino Center

Smithsonian Latino Center Smithsonian Latino Center is the corazón of Latinidad at the Smithsonian Institution. The Center works toward preserving Latino history and culture, engaging Latino communities, and advancing Latino representation.
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En este video de Estudios sociales en línea del National Museum of American History Dulcina Abreu, asistente curatorial ...
09/11/2020

En este video de Estudios sociales en línea del National Museum of American History Dulcina Abreu, asistente curatorial del museo, habla acerca del proyecto “Latino 9/11 Collecting Initiative”. Una iniciativa que busca narrar las historias de los Latinos y Latinas que estaban en Nueva York durante los ataques, fueron víctimas, hicieron parte de las labores de recuperación, entre otras. https://youtu.be/EjqLjCVk0nM

Abreu además se une a explorar la pregunta ¿Cómo puede el pasado informarnos acerca del presente y el futuro? con recursos educativos disponibles en el Smithsonian Learning Lab. https://s.si.edu/35xa6Se #SmithsonianEdu

📷 Imagen cortesía del Museo Nacional de Historia Américana. La periodista Blanca Rosa Vilchez de Univision Noticias reporta los ataques del 11 de Septiembre de 2001.

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Díaz in conversation with Lumina Foundation leaders as they discuss ...
09/10/2020

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Díaz in conversation with Lumina Foundation leaders as they discuss barriers to entry and lack of representation for today’s Latino students and what actions can be taken to ensure a more equitable future for higher education.

🗓️ TODAY, September 10, 2:00-3:00pm ET.

To register please visit: https://bit.ly/3m3DbKY

#NuestraAmérica is an anthology that tells the stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos throughout history and their incredible...
09/09/2020

#NuestraAmérica is an anthology that tells the stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos throughout history and their incredible contributions to the character of the United States.

Highlighted Latino figures include pioneers Luis Álvarez and Sonia Sotomayor; artists Celia Cruz and Lin-Manuel Miranda; activists César Chávez, Sylvia Rivera and Emma González; military veterans Olga E. Custodio and Macario García; and entrepreneur and health care advocate C. David Molina.

Learn more https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america

Available in Spanish: https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america

⁣Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was the first Latino player to reach 3,000 career hits. Along with his baseball...
09/09/2020

⁣Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was the first Latino player to reach 3,000 career hits. Along with his baseball successes, he was a humanitarian and an adversary of racial discrimination. https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america

Miembro del Salón de la Fama del Béisbol, Roberto Clemente fue el primer jugador latino en alcanzar los 3,000 hits en su carrera. Además de sus éxitos en este deporte, fue un humanitario y un adversario de la discriminación racial. https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america

#ClementeDay #NuestraAmérica

Image courtesy of the Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Díaz in conversation with Lumina Foundation leaders as they discuss ...
09/09/2020

Join the Smithsonian Latino Center Director Eduardo Díaz in conversation with Lumina Foundation leaders as they discuss barriers to entry and lack of representation for today’s Latino students and what actions can be taken to ensure a more equitable future for higher education.

🗓️September 10, 2:00-3:00pm ET. To register please visit: https://bit.ly/3m3DbKY

⁣Dr. C.David Molina, a health-care leader in California and founder of the Fortune 500 company Molina Healthcare Inc., w...
09/07/2020

⁣Dr. C.David Molina, a health-care leader in California and founder of the Fortune 500 company Molina Healthcare Inc., was born #OTD in 1926. His legacy of giving back to the community remains through the Fortune 500 company he founded, his children and the work they continue to do for others, and the Smithsonian Latino Center’s Molina Family Latino Gallery, the first dedicated space to tell Latino stories at the nation’s museum.⠀

Learn more at https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america

El Dr. C.David Molina, líder del cuidado de la salud en California y fundador de la compañía Fortune 500 Molina Healthcare Inc., nació un día como hoy en 1926. Su legado de retribuir a la comunidad permanece a través de la compañía Fortune 500 que fundó, sus hijos y el trabajo que continúan haciendo por los demás, y la Galería Latina Familia Molina, el primer espacio dedicado a contar historias latinas en el museo de la nación.⠀

Para saber más, visita: https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america

#NuestraAmérica⠀

Illustration by Gloria Félix/Ilustración por Gloria Félix.

In 1942, facing labor shortages caused by World War II, the United States initiated a series of agreements with Mexico t...
09/07/2020

In 1942, facing labor shortages caused by World War II, the United States initiated a series of agreements with Mexico to recruit Mexican men to work on U.S. farms and railroads. Between 1942 and 1964, an estimated two million Mexican men came to the United States on short-term labor contracts through the Bracero program, named after the term used in Mexico for a manual laborer.

On #LaborDay, let us remember the Bracero Program, a key chapter in U.S. labor/immigration history: http://s.si.edu/braceros

En 1942, frente a la escasez de mano de obra causada por la Segunda Guerra Mundial, Estados Unidos inició una serie de acuerdos con México para reclutar hombres mexicanos para trabajar en granjas y ferrocarriles estadounidenses. Entre 1942 y 1964, se estima que dos millones de hombres mexicanos llegaron a los Estados Unidos con contratos laborales a corto plazo a través del programa Bracero, llamado así por el término utilizado en México para un trabajador manual.

Hoy en #LaborDay, recordamos el Programa Bracero, un capítulo clave en la historia laboral / migratoria de Estados Unidos: http://s.si.edu/braceros

What does it mean to be American? #NuestraAmérica is an important addition to this national conversation showcasing the ...
09/04/2020

What does it mean to be American? #NuestraAmérica is an important addition to this national conversation showcasing the impactful contributions of 30 Latinas and Latinos to the shaping of our national culture. Learn more https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america

¿Qué significa ser Americano? #NuestraAmérica es una adición importante a esta conversación nacional que muestra las impactantes contribuciones de 30 latinas y latinos a la formación de nuestra cultura nacional. Conozca más https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america

09/02/2020
National Portrait Gallery

“Introducing…” is a new take on Story Time with the National Portrait Gallery educators taking a closer look at a portrait from the Gallery’s collection. During September and October, they will take a look at portraits of Latinos who have helped shape the United States. This week's video features world-famous baseball player Pedro Martínez.

#HispanicHeritageMonth

Daniel Castro Pantoja, Ph.D., 2015 Latino Museum Studies Program alumn, is the first Latino recipient of the Society of ...
09/02/2020

Daniel Castro Pantoja, Ph.D., 2015 Latino Museum Studies Program alumn, is the first Latino recipient of the Society of American Music’s Wiley Housewright Dissertation Award! His dissertation, “Antagonism, Europhilia, and Identity: Guillermo Uribe Holguín and the Politics of National Music in Early Twentieth-Century Colombia,” which sheds a much needed light on twentieth-century Latin American music and its complex and paradoxical relationship to Western art music and national identity in Colombia.

#LMSP2015

#NuestraAmérica es una antología que cuenta las historias de 30 latinas y latinos a lo largo de la historia y sus increí...
09/01/2020

#NuestraAmérica es una antología que cuenta las historias de 30 latinas y latinos a lo largo de la historia y sus increíbles contribuciones al carácter de Estados Unidos.

Entre las figuras latinas destacadas se encuentran los pioneros Luis Álvarez y Sonia Sotomayor; los artistas Celia Cruz y Lin-Manuel Miranda; los activistas César Chávez, Sylvia Rivera y Emma González; los veteranos militares Olga E. Custodio y Macario García; y el empresario y defensor de la salud C. David Molina.

Para saber más visita: https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america

Disponible en inglés: https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america

#NuestraAmérica tells the stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos and their incredible contributions to the character of the U...
09/01/2020

#NuestraAmérica tells the stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos and their incredible contributions to the character of the United States. A must-have for the younger generations to have a better understanding of American history. Learn more https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america

Illustrations by Gloria Félix.

#NuestraAmérica cuenta las historias de 30 latinas y latinos y sus increíbles contribuciones al carácter de los Estados Unidos. Una publicación imprescindible para que las generaciones más jóvenes comprendan mejor la historia de los Estados Unidos. https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america

Ilustraciones por Gloria Félix.

#NuestraAmérica is an anthology that tells the stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos throughout history and their incredible...
09/01/2020

#NuestraAmérica is an anthology that tells the stories of 30 Latinas and Latinos throughout history and their incredible contributions to the character of the United States.

Highlighted Latino figures include pioneers Luis Álvarez and Sonia Sotomayor; artists Celia Cruz and Lin-Manuel Miranda; activists César Chávez, Sylvia Rivera and Emma González; military veterans Olga E. Custodio and Macario García; and entrepreneur and health care advocate C. David Molina.

Learn more https://latino.si.edu/nuestra-america

Available in Spanish: https://latino.si.edu/es/nuestra-america

#MotivationMonday Laura Plata, 2015 Young Ambassadors Program alumna, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Yale Univers...
08/31/2020

#MotivationMonday Laura Plata, 2015 Young Ambassadors Program alumna, was selected as a Rhodes Scholar from Yale University. This year, The Rhodes Trust accepted one of the most diverse classes, as it is an overall majority-minority and has approximately half first-generation students. Laura currently works in Mexico City, tracking migrant kidnappings and conducting independent research on the challenges faced by deported Mexican families. At Oxford, Laura will pursue the M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies and the M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy. Congratulations, Laura! https://bit.ly/32gW8ka

Hoy hace 50 años un grupo de activistas chicanos conocido como el Chicano Moratorium  (Moratoria o Parada Chicana) salió...
08/29/2020

Hoy hace 50 años un grupo de activistas chicanos conocido como el Chicano Moratorium (Moratoria o Parada Chicana) salió a las calles de el Este de Los Angeles para protestar contra la guerra de Vietnam y crear conciencia sobre los derechos civiles. Se estima que 25.000 personas participaron en la marcha antes de que la policía interrumpiera el evento con gases lacrimógenos. Repentinamente la protesta que había iniciado pacificamente dio un giro violento. Tres mexicoamericanos fueron asesinados el 29 de agosto de 1970, incluido el periodista y activista Rubén Salazar.

Nuestra colección del Smithsonian Learning Lab "Arte para el cambio social" analiza los eventos de la Moratoria Chicana y protestas similares como los disturbios en Mount Pleasant y el movimiento Black Lives Matter. http://s.si.edu/arteparaelcambiosocial #SmithsonianEdu

A group of Chicano activists known as the Chicano Moratorium took to the streets 50 years ago today to protest the Vietn...
08/29/2020

A group of Chicano activists known as the Chicano Moratorium took to the streets 50 years ago today to protest the Vietnam war and raise awareness for civil rights issues. An estimated 25,000 people participated in the march before police disrupted the event with tear gas. Chaos ensued and the protest took a violent turn. Three Mexican Americans were killed on August 29, 1970, including journalist Rubén Salazar.

Our learning lab collection “Art for Social Change” analyzes the events of the Chicano Moratorium and similar protests such as the Riots in Mount Pleasant and the Black Lives Matter movement. http://s.si.edu/artforsocialchange #SmithsonianEdu

Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library.

Listen to Los Gallos Negros performing songs of migration based on the Chicano and international migrant experience. Los...
08/27/2020

Listen to Los Gallos Negros performing songs of migration based on the Chicano and international migrant experience. Los Gallos Negros are an acoustic group who are grounded in the history of Mexican music and its connection with social justice movements. http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/32451501

⁣In 1946 Felisa Rincón de Gautier became the first female mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as of a capital city i...
08/26/2020

⁣In 1946 Felisa Rincón de Gautier became the first female mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as of a capital city in the Americas. Appointed to replace a mayor who had resigned, Rincón de Gautier ran for election in 1948 and won. She was re-elected four more times, serving until 1968. She was the first woman elected to be Mayor of a capital city in the Americas. Her entrance into active political life came in 1932 when she campaigned successfully for women’s suffrage. Known to her constituents as “Doña Fela,” she was a close ally of Governor Luis Muñoz Marín and was a tenacious advocate for public works, cultural preservation, and female participation in the workforce. In 1949 she established a program of child-care centers that became the model for the federal Head Start program in the 1960s.

En 1946 Felisa Rincón de Gautier se convirtió en la primera mujer alcaldesa de San Juan, Puerto Rico, y de alguna ciudad capital en las Américas. Luego de ser designada para sustituir a un alcalde que había renunciado, Rincón de Gautier se postuló en las elecciones de 1948 y ganó. Fue reelegida cuatro veces más, ocupando el puesto hasta 1968. Se incorporó a la política activa en 1932, haciendo campaña a favor del sufragio femenino. “Doña Fela”, como la conocía el pueblo, fue una gran aliada del gobernador Luis Muñoz Marín y tenaz defensora de las obras públicas, la preservación cultural y la participación de la mujer en la fuerza laboral. En 1949 estableció un programa de centros de cuidado infantil que sirvió de modelo para el posterior programa federal Head Start en la década de 1960.

⁣Portrait of Felisa Rincón de Gautier by Antonio Martorell. National Portrait Gallery collections. © 1991 Antonio Martorell. #BecauseOfHerStory

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium and the death of Chicano journalist and civil rights acti...
08/25/2020

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Chicano Moratorium and the death of Chicano journalist and civil rights activist, Ruben Salazar. Learn more about Salazar's life and legacy in this episode of the National Portrait Gallery PORTRAITS podcast with Latino History and Art curator Taína Caragol. https://spoti.fi/2YyynDr

🎨 Ruben Salazar (1928-1970) by Rupert García, 1970. National Portrait Gallery collections.

#MotivationMonday Dania Figueroa, 2013 Young Ambassadors Program alumna, spent two years in Montana developing a reverse...
08/24/2020

#MotivationMonday Dania Figueroa, 2013 Young Ambassadors Program alumna, spent two years in Montana developing a reverse genetic system for coronaviruses, for which she received biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) training. As mentioned in the article published by Wellesley College, "Currently, Figueroa is once more in the process of choosing a lab to join, this time as a doctoral student in the biomedical sciences program at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where she hopes to focus on virus-host interactions and how viruses are able to overcome adaptive and innate immunity." Congratulations, Dania! To read the full article: https://bit.ly/34piqmN

#NosotrasSI #NuestraFamilia #LatinoGallery

08/21/2020
The Power of Bread and Community: Arepas

Has bread baking become an outlet for you during the pandemic? Many people have found a sense of comfort or have embraced making and sharing bread as a call to action, a way to advocate for racial justice. What makes bread so powerful? Smithsonian food historian Ashley Rose Young reached out to cookbook author and culinary educator Sandra Gutierrez to discuss the power of bread and learn how to make arepas. https://youtu.be/jNF9sWc2K48 #SmithsonianCares

Many people turned to making breads of all sorts during the early days of the pandemic. For some, bread baking offered a sense of control and a way to fill t...

It's #NationalRadioDay and we celebrate it with our archived mobile broadcast from the Radio Bilingue studios in Fresno,...
08/20/2020

It's #NationalRadioDay and we celebrate it with our archived mobile broadcast from the Radio Bilingue studios in Fresno, California with Oaxaca musicians Jorge, Alexis, Yale Hernández and Judith Salazar during "La Hora Mixteca."

Part 1: https://youtu.be/YQ4ipW_EJAs
Part 2: https://youtu.be/nnMb0HKZz2g

Hoy es el día nacional de la radio y para celebrarlo recordamos nuestra visita a los estudios de Radio Bilingüe en Fresno, California. Allí los acompañamos durante “La Hora Mixteca” conversando con los músicos Oaxaqueños Jorge, Alexis, Yale Hernández y Judith Salazar.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/YQ4ipW_EJAs
Part 2: https://youtu.be/nnMb0HKZz2g

#ICYMI Instant replay the National Portrait Gallery conversation with artists Genevieve Gaignard and Wanda Raimundi-Orti...
08/20/2020

#ICYMI Instant replay the National Portrait Gallery conversation with artists Genevieve Gaignard and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz exploring race, cultural identity, and femininity in their work.
https://youtu.be/SXorosBsNv4

In this video E. Carmen Ramos, Deputy Chief Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, refl...
08/19/2020

In this video E. Carmen Ramos, Deputy Chief Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, reflects on "Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography." The exhibit showcased photographs by Latino artists from the 1960s to the present which offer a complex vision of life in the urban environment. https://youtu.be/x6nod3eiw5g #WorldPhotographyDay

En este video, E. Carmen Ramos, curadora en jefe adjunta del Smithsonian American Art Museum, habla acerca de "Por estas calles bravas: communidad y lugar en la fotografía urbana". La exhibición mostró fotografías de artistas latinos desde la década de los 60s hasta la actualidad que ofrecen una visión compleja de la vida en el entorno urbano. https://youtu.be/x6nod3eiw5g

📷 Frank Espada, Untitled (Three boys, Sheldon Cafe, Hartford, Connecticut), 1981. Smithsonian American Art Museum, © 1981, Frank Espada Photography.

⁣Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was born #OTD in 1934. Clemente was the first Latin American superstar in Major...
08/18/2020

⁣Baseball Hall of Famer Roberto Clemente was born #OTD in 1934. Clemente was the first Latin American superstar in Major League Baseball. He was a legend in life and death, a baseball star, and a symbol of Latin American pride.⠀

The first Puerto Rican to achieve baseball stardom, Clemente worked hard at the game. In his 18 seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates, "The Great One" proved to be an all-around outstanding player, winning four National League batting titles and leading National League outfielders in assists in four seasons. He was awarded 12 Gold Gloves and was selected as the 1966 National League MVP and the 1971 World Series MVP. Clemente was the 11th Major League player to record 3,000 hits.⠀

Clemente's accomplishments raised him to stardom, yet he never forgot his heritage and the prejudice he had faced. He fought for the recognition of his fellow Latino ballplayers, helped people in need across the United States and Central America, and held free baseball clinics for children in his homeland. While delivering supplies for victims of a Nicaraguan earthquake, Clemente died when his plane crashed off the coast of Puerto Rico. After his death, Roberto Clemente was both mourned and celebrated in Puerto Rico and the United States.

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The Smithsonian Latino Center is the corazón of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. It works toward preserving Latino history and culture, engaging Latino communities, and advancing Latino representation in the United States. Since 1997, SLC has successfully ensured that the contributions of the Latino community are celebrated and represented throughout the Smithsonian.

The Center works collaboratively with Smithsonian museums and research centers, ensuring that the contributions of the Latino community in the arts, history, national culture and scientific achievement are explored, presented, celebrated and preserved. We support scholarly research, exhibitions, public and educational programs, web-based content and virtual platforms, and collections and archives. We also manage leadership and professional development programs for Latino youth, emerging scholars, and museum professionals.

In 2022, the Smithsonian Latino Center will open the Molina Family Latino Gallery at the National American History Museum, making the gallery the very first dedicated museum space on the National Mall celebrating the U.S. Latino experience.

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