Associate Professor Luis Hoyos in Washington D.C for the American Latino Heritage Forum

President Obama making a few remarks during the forum.


Associate Professor Luis Hoyos and other Latino community leaders and scholars were welcomed by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar on October 12, 2011 in Washington D.C for the White House American Latino Heritage Forum. Invited by the National Park Services (NPS), Professor Hoyos and other historic preservations will participate on an 18-month initiative to help identify sites and buildings that are significant to the Latino Heritage.

Currently, only 3% of sites that are nominated as National Historic Landmarks are minority-related which means that 97% of other visited and interpreted sites do not have minority or diverse content. Fortunately, this is a statistic that Secretary Salazar and the administration are working to fix. In order to better preserve the story of the American Latino community, Secretary Salazar introduced four new Latino-themed National Historic landmarks. These landmarks includes the Trujillo Homestead in Colorado, the Port of Nova Albion and Archeological District in California, the Mission San Jose de los Jemez and Giusewa Pueblo Site in New Mexico, and the Nuestra Senora Reina de la Paz in California.

The nominations will be presented to the Landmarks Committee and the National Park System Advisory Board in November and December for approval.

Secretary Salazar praised these landmarks that he hopes will be a “source of pride for current and future generations of Latinos across the country.”

Secretary Salazar unveils four new Latino-themed landmarks.


In keeping with the theme of the one day forum, the release of the Cesar Chavez Special Resource Study was announced. Initiated by the NPS, the study evaluates and identifies the sites that were significant in the life of the labor rights leader. After evaluating more than 100 sites throughout the western United States, five were found to be nationally significant.  These include the Forty Acres National Historic Landmark (Delano, CA), the Filipino Community Hall (Delano, CA), the Santa Rita Center (Phoenix, AZ), and the 1966 march route from Delano to Sacramento.

Over the next few months, Professor Hoyos will meet several times with a panel to work on identifying other American Latino Heritage sites. Cal Poly Pomona students will have the chance to participate in the initiative; the Department of Interior will be hiring students to work on the Cesar Chavez compound to document the site and provide photographs and drawings to the Library of Congress.

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