Established in 2011 by Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, the mission of the American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF) is to assist the National Park Service and communities across the country to ensure that our national parks and historic sites preserve, reflect and engage the diverse stories and communities of American Latinos throughout American History and for future generations.
The American Latino Heritage Fund is an official Fund of the National Park Foundation (NPF), the congressionally chartered 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit partner of our national parks. The mission of the National Park Foundation is to strengthen the enduring connection between the American people and their national parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants, creating innovative partnerships and increasing public awareness.
The Latino community accounts for approximately 54 million people in the American population. And despite a 400-year history in North America and the existence of vibrant communities throughout the United States, Latino culture, heritage, visitation and stewardship of national parks are severely underrepresented at national parks and historical sites. The current composition within the National Historic Landmarks Program does not accurately reflect the diversity of the nation.
These memorials, landscapes, ecosystems and historic sites are designated to tell the story of our country’s founding and to preserve our treasured places so they will remain untouched for future generations.
The American Latino Heritage Fund of the National Park Foundation along with the National Park Service are working to catalyze the conversations and actions that will improve the representation of Latino heritage in, visitors to, and long-term stewardship of America’s national parks.