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The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Latino advances the representation, understanding and appreciation of Latino history and culture in the United States. The museum provides financial resources and collaborates with other museums to expand scholarly research, public programs, digital content, collections and more. The museum’s Molina Family Latino Gallery is the Smithsonian’s first gallery dedicated to the Latino experience. The legislation creating the National Museum of the American Latino at the Smithsonian passed Dec. 27, 2020. Connect with the museum at, and follow @USLatinoMuseum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Latino Patriots in American Military History | Patriotas Latinos en la Historia Militar Estadounidense

<p>This bilingual publication highlights ten Latino patriots and spans the American War of Independence to the Vietnam War. The heroes presented are merely a small group of the thousands of Latinos who have served in our armed forces with distinction. The publication is meant to enhance awareness among all Americans of the positive contributions that the Latino community has made and continues to make to U.S. society.</p> <p>Resources serve grades 7/8 and 9/10 social studies, U.S. History, AP Military History, Spanish Language courses and life-long learners. They include critical thinking, writing, language arts, visual arts, historical inquiry activities.  Each war era presents biographies and interesting facts on each of the patriots, a lesson plan for each era, two extension activities (one for 7/8th grade and one for 10/11th grade), and five handouts. Wars and topics covered include:</p> <ul><li>American War of Independence</li><li>Texas Revolution and the Mexican American War</li><li>Manifest Destiny</li><li>U.S. Expansionism</li><li>Civil War</li><li>World War I</li><li>World War II</li><li>Korean War</li><li>Vietnam War</li></ul> <p><br> Also included in the publication are teacher and student resources, as well as the listing of Latino Medal of Honor recipients. Please note that Captain Humbert “Rocky” Roque Versace, Jr. was erroneously omitted from this elite group of men at the time of printing (2008). Captain Versace was born on July 2, 1937. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and began his tour in Vietnam in May of 1962. During a mission in October 1963, he was taken Prisoner of War by the Viet Cong forces and was listed as Missing in Action. His fluency in English, French, and Vietnamese aided him during his capture. After more than two years, he was executed by his captors. He was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously by President George W. Bush on July 8, 2002, making him the first Army POW to receive the Medal of Honor. <br></p> <p></p>
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Day of the Dead Learning Kit

<p><em>El Día de los Muertos</em> or Day of the Dead is a celebration to honor and commemorate the cycle of life and the lives of the recently departed. This Pre-Columbian celebration has been observed in Mexico since before the arrival of the Spanish. Although many cultures see death as a cause for sadness rather than celebration, the cultures that observe el <em>Día de los Muertos</em> view death as a part of life. This is also a special celebration among some Native American and Mexican American communities in the United States.</p> <p>The National Museum of the American Latino has created this resource as a guide to learn more about the Day of the Dead. Use this Learning Lab as a starting off point to celebrate with your community, family, and/or students. Our on-line learning kit includes general information and the history of the tradition. Smithsonian collections, video resources, music, and hands-on activities for in-school or at-home learning are also included.</p> <p><br>This Learning Lab collection also includes links to a special exhibit and mural gallery on the Healing Uvalde Mural Project from Texas. <br><br><br></p>
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SLC Day of the Dead Bilingual Curriculum-Based Resources

<p>The cultural online programs and resources developed by The Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC) featuring Dia de los Muertos represent groundbreaking efforts by the Smithsonian to promote a deeper appreciation for Latino heritage and our connections to the ancestral past. In addition to its online festival, complete with bilingual interactive online resources based on Smithsonian scholarly research, is a vehicle for the exploration of this traditional practice which has become a phenomenon of popular American culture today. The online programming is in part a collaboration with Michigan State University (MSU) and other key community partners across the country.<br /><br />Generous support for the Smithsonian Latino Center's bilingual digital educational resources provided by the following Education Sponsors: Target and The Walt Disney Company.</p>
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Southern Identity: Contemporary Argentine Art

<p>These bilingual (English/Spanish) resources feature activities related to Argentine culture through the lens of contemporary art for families, middle school, and high school students. </p> <p>This digital collection is from an exhibition with the same name, organized by the Smithsonian Latino Center with Argentina’s Secretariat of Culture. <em>Southern Identity</em> presented an overview of the major movements and trends in Argentina’s national art scene since 1948 and is organized in four sections featuring political art, landscapes, national identities and abstraction. It was the largest survey of Argentine contemporary art ever organized in the United States and included paintings, drawings, sculptures, video art, photography and prints representing the work of artists working in Buenos Aires and throughout Argentina’s provinces. </p> <p><em>Southern Identity</em> was part of the public program and exhibition series<em> Argentina at the Smithsonian 2010 </em>that commemorated Argentina’s bicentennial.</p>
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Arte para el cambio social: Conversaciones sobre protestas y brutalidad policial

<p>Una protesta es una manera de que la gente exprese sus convicciones acerca de una persona, lugar, cosa o idea. Esas convicciones pueden manifestarse por medio de una declaración o una acción. Las marchas y mítines públicos son ejemplos de protestas. Escribir cartas, cantar canciones, dejar de comer, o usar la violencia son otros tipos de protestas. </p> <p>En los Estados Unidos la gente tiene derecho a protestar de manera pacífica. La Constitución y su primera enmienda garantizan este derecho. Sin embargo, en algunas ocasiones, la tensión entre los manifestantes y la policía puede llevar a la violencia. Ha habido épocas en que la policía ha tratado con violencia a las comunidades de color. Esta forma de abuso se conoce como brutalidad policial. </p> <p>Vamos a ver juntos algunos puntos de colaboración y de solidaridad entre los afroamericanos y los latinos. Analizaremos las tensiones entre estos dos grupos y cómo llegaron a colaborar. También veremos los conflictos entre ellos y la policía. Los eventos que mencionaremos son:</p> <ol><li>La Moratoria Nacional Chicana, 1970</li><li>Los disturbios en el barrio Mount Pleasant de Washington, D.C., 1991</li><li>#BlackLivesMatter (#LasVidasNegrasImportan), desde el 2013 hasta hoy</li></ol> <p>En este laboratorio de aprendizaje (Learning Lab) se presentan obras de arte, videos, fotografías y pancartas relacionados con las protestas. También incluye rutinas de exploración del Project Zero de la Harvard Graduate School of Education. Estas rutinas ayudan a iniciar conversaciones en torno a las imágenes o las pancartas de protesta que se encuentran en la colección. Al final de esta colección, encontrará hojas de trabajo del Centro Latino Smithsonian,<em> Expresiones culturales:</em> <em>Arte para el cambio social</em>. Están disponibles para estudiantes de educación primaria, intermedia y secundaria. Los cuidadores o maestros pueden usar las preguntas de las actividades para crear pancartas y arte de protesta relacionados con el cambio social.</p> <p> </p> <p></p>
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Sylvia Rivera, Latinas on Latinas

<p>This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas, Sylvia Rivera: Pushing Boundaries.</em> After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.</p> <p>Sylvia Rivera was a transgender woman living in New York City during the '60s and '70s. She became a fierce defender of LGBTQ+ rights, pushing the movement in the aftermath of the Stonewall riots to vigilantly protect transgender people's rights.</p>
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Diosa Costello, Latinas Talk Latinas

<p style="text-align: center;">This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas:  Diosa Costello, <strong>Latina Broadway Star</strong>.</em> After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Diosa</em> Costello was a pioneering <em>Latina Broadway performer</em><em>, building a decades long career with her talent in </em><em>music, dance, and acting. She </em><em>starred in movies such as Too Many Girls! and the legendary Broadway show South Pacific.</em> Her foundational story paves the way for many of our beloved Latinas actress and musicians of today! </p>
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Jessica Govea, Latinas Talk Latinas

<p>This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas, Jessica Govea: From Girlhood to Inspiring a Movement</em>. After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.<em></em><br></p> <p>Jessica Govea was a labor leader and organizer who started at a very young age. She began working alongside César Chávez in the Community Service Organization and was later instrumental in the founding of the United Farm Workers union, extending her organizing power to Canada.</p>
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Art for Social Change: Conversations on Protest and Economic Injustice

<p></p> <p>A protest is a way for people to share their beliefs about a person, place, thing, or idea. People can share those beliefs through a statement or action. Public marches and rallies are examples of protests. Writing letters, singing songs, not eating, or using violence are other types of protest. Others have used their clothing and hair styles as a type of protest. Protests are usually planned by a coalition of community members who have a vision for social change. Protests usually take place in public spaces where they can be seen.</p> <p>The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees people the right to protest peacefully. Acts of violence and the destruction of property are against the law in any protest. Sometimes, people protest economic injustices. These protests, also called demonstrations, have demanded different things. They include government programs to help with of job training or small business loans. It also includes demands for safer working conditions, higher wages, and better education.</p> <p>Often times, these protests are organized by people called activists. Activists work towards a social change. This can be something political or social. They work together and form organizations. They fight for equity and against injustices of all kinds.</p> <p>Together, we will look two events where activists and organizations created change for their communities. They organized African-Americans and Latinas/os/xs and others too. All to protest economic injustice. The events featured are:</p> <ol><li>Poor People’s Campaign, 1968</li><li>Farmworker's Movement: Delano Grape Strike, 1965-1970</li></ol> <p>This Learning Lab features art, videos, photographs, and protest signs. It also has thinking routines from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero. They will help create conversations around the pictures or protest banners found in this collection. Worksheets from the Smithsonian Latino Center's <em>Cultural Expressions: Art for Social Change</em> can be found at the end of this collection. They are available for elementary, middle school, and high school students. Caregivers or teachers can use the questions found within the activities to create responsive social change protest signs and art. </p> <p></p>
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Nuestra América: 30 latinas/latinos que han forjado la historia de los Estados Unidos

<p><em>Nuestra América</em> es una antología completamente ilustrada que ha preparado el Centro Latino Smithsonian. En ella se presentan las inspiradoras historias de treinta latinas y latinos y se celebran sus contribuciones a los Estados Unidos. Muchos de ellos enriquecieron las características culturales, sociales y políticas de la nación. </p> <p></p> <p>Gran parte de las historias recopiladas en este libro van a formar parte de la Galería latina de la familia Molina. Se trata de la primera galería nacional dedicada a los latinos en el Smithsonian.  El Centro Latino dirige este proyecto de galería. </p> <p></p> <p>Las historias de este Learning Lab se encuentran en las colecciones de los museos Smithsonian. Para que puedan verse fácilmente, se han agrupado por temas. </p> <p>¿Cuál es el contenido de una colección? Incluye objetos que una persona utilizó o llevó puestos. Algunos ejemplos son: artículos publicados, fotografías y videos. Estos objetos pueden variar desde una pelota de béisbol hasta una prenda de vestir. ¡Hasta podría ser un transbordador espacial! Los objetos ayudan a que los museos puedan narrar historias más completas. Además, los museos se ocupan de cuidar esos objetos. De esta manera, los futuros visitantes también podrán verlos.<br></p> <p>Cada tema incluye rutinas de exploración que provienen del Proyecto Cero de la Escuela de Graduados en Educación de la Universidad de Harvard. Estas preguntas pueden ayudar a iniciar conversaciones acerca de las historias y los objetos presentados. Este Learning Lab puede ser útil para los estudiantes de la escuela intermedia y de la escuela secundaria, en especial si están interesados en la cultura latina. También podría servir de apoyo en la preparación de un proyecto en español sobre las tradiciones familiares. Para ver una versión en inglés de este Learning Lab, haga clic <a href="">aquí.</a><br></p> <p>Si desea más información acerca del libro, por favor visite:<br></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>También puede ver una versión en inglés del libro. Favor de visitar:<br></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><u>Los temas y las historias presentadas en este Learning Lab son:</u><br></p> <p> Derechos civiles y activismo</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li> César Chávez</li></ul> <ul><li>Dolores Huerta</li></ul> <ul><li>Sylvia Rivera </li></ul> <p> Empresarios</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>C. David Molina</li></ul> <ul><li>La familia Unanue y Goya Foods</li></ul> <p> Moda y cultura popular</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Celia Cruz</li></ul> <ul><li>Óscar de la Renta </li></ul> <ul><li>Lin-Manuel Miranda</li></ul> <ul><li>Rita Moreno</li></ul> <p>Lectura y literatura</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Pura Belpré</li></ul> <ul><li>Julia de Burgos</li></ul> <ul><li>Sandra Cisneros</li></ul> <ul><li>Juan Felipe Herrera</li></ul> <p> Servicio público</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Jaime Escalante</li></ul> <ul><li>Sylvia Méndez</li></ul> <ul><li>Ellen Ochoa</li></ul> <ul><li>Sonia Sotomayor</li></ul> <p> Deportes</p> <ul></ul> <ul><li>Roberto Clemente</li></ul> <ul><li>Dara Torres</li></ul> <p></p>
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Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States

<p><em>Nuestra América</em> is a fully illustrated anthology from the Smithsonian Latino Center. It features the inspiring stories of thirty Latina/o/xs. It celebrates their contributions to the United States. Many are towards the nation’s cultural, social, and political character. </p> <p>Many of the stories in this book will be included in the Molina Family Latino Gallery. It is the first national gallery dedicated to Latina/o/xs at the Smithsonian. The Latino Center leads this gallery project. </p> <p>The stories in this Learning Lab are in the Smithsonian collections. They are grouped into themes for easier viewing. </p> <p>What is in a collection? It has objects that were used or worn by someone. Examples of objects include articles, photographs, artifacts, and videos. Objects can be anything from a baseball to a piece of clothing. It could even be a space shuttle! Objects help museums tell more complete stories. Museums also take care of objects. That way, future visitors can see them, too.</p> <p>Each theme includes thinking routines. They are from the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Project Zero. These questions can help create discussion around the stories and objects here. This Learning Lab can serve middle school and high school students. Especially if they are interested in Latino culture. It can help with a Spanish project exploring family traditions. </p> <p>For more information on the book, please visit:<a href=""><br></a><a href=""></a><br></p> <p>An Spanish version of the book is also available. Please visit:<a href=""><br></a><a href=""></a><u><br></u></p> <p><u>The themes and stories featured in this Learning Lab include:</u></p> <ul><li> Civil Rights and Activism <ul><li>César Chávez</li><li>Dolores Huerta</li><li>Sylvia Rivera</li></ul></li><li>Entrepreneurs<ul><li>C. David Molina</li><li>The Unanue Family and Goya Foods</li></ul></li><li>Fashion and Popular Culture<ul><li>Celia Cruz</li><li>Óscar de la Renta</li><li>Lin-Manuel Miranda</li><li>Rita Moreno</li></ul></li><li>Literacy and Literature<ul><li>Pura Belpré</li><li>Julia de Burgos</li><li>Sandra Cisneros</li><li>Juan Felipe Herrera</li></ul></li><li> Public Service<ul><li>Jaime Escalante</li><li>Sylvia Mendez</li><li>Ellen Ochoa</li><li>Sonia Sotomayor</li></ul></li><li>Sports<ul><li>Roberto Clemente</li><li>Dara Torres</li></ul></li></ul>
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Pachucas, Latinas Talk Latinas

<p>This resource is designed to accompany the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History's and the Smithsonian's Latino Center's video <em>Latinas Talk Latinas, Pachucas: How Fashion Asserts Identity.</em> After watching the video, which is located in the second tile of this collection, please return to this page to learn more about the assets we have in our digital collection as well as additional resources that will help you further explore the topics and themes presented in the video.</p> <p>In this story of Pachucas we celebrate their role in the making of Pachuco culture and for the ways in which their fashion stood in defiance of Mexican gender norms, second-class citizenship, and white middle-class ideas of American womanhood.</p>
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