Every year, the PastForward conference offers a series of meetings that focus on the state of protecting historic sites, landscapes, and the cultural history of various diversity affinity groups. Organized by community members, these sessions discuss successes and challenges and provide resources and guidance to those in attendance. In 2021, the affinity program will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. For more information on these sessions—which are free and open to the public—and PastForward Online 2021, visit SavingPlaces.org/conference.
October 15 marks the end of what is formally called Hispanic Heritage Month, but we know that the stories of Latinx and Hispanic Americans are not one singular story, and that whose story we are telling depends on a wide range of historical factors and events. Knowing that, I wanted to pull together a list—as I did with LGBTQ and Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage earlier this year—that will start preservationists on a journey to learn more about this particular group of Americans all year round.
As with the other lists, this set of resources is not comprehensive. What I have pulled together below is a list of organizations doing the work to preserve the history and culture of Latinx and Hispanic America, a sampling of historic context statements and other reference materials, and a set of stories from both Preservation Leadership Forum and SavingPlaces.org related to the Latinx and Hispanic American experience.
Thank you to Desiree Aranda and Sarah Zenaida Gould, co-chairs of Latinos in Heritage Conservation, for some of the suggestions on this list.
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