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Puerto Rico’s San José Church first-ever site from the island recognized on annual list of endangered historic places

Puerto Rico’s San José Church first-ever site from the island recognized on annual list of endangered historic places

LatinaLista — For the first time, the National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized a site in Puerto Rico for inclusion in their annual list of endangered historic places. San José Church in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico was included in this year’s round-up of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places. Built in 1532, it is


New documentary traces the role of missions in Texas in ‘Texas Before the Alamo’

LatinaLista — In 2012, the Obama administration nominated San Antonio’s The Alamo and four other Franciscan missions as a United Nations World Heritage Site. The Alamo, where a famous battle was fought between Texan irregulars and the Mexican Army in 1836, is the best known of five Franciscan missions constructed along the San Antonio River


Indigenous descendants of builders of San Antonio’s missions hold forgiveness ceremony to reinter remains of ancestors

LatinaLista — Visitors to any of San Antonio’s five historic missions — Mission San José y San Miguel de Aguayo, Mission Concepción, Mission San Francisco de la Espada, Mission San Antonio de Valero “The Alamo,” and Mission San Juan Capistrano are immediately struck with several impressions. First, that as old as the missions are — all

American Latino Heritage Fund’s new website and Twitter townhalls share Latino history and culture

LatinaLista — In 2011, former Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, created the American Latino Heritage Fund (ALHF). The main purpose of the new agency was 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

The treaty that spawned the Mexican American citizen

LatinaLista — To most people, February 2 is the day before the biggest football match of the season. Yet, for Mexican Americans, whether they know it or not, the day marks a historical milestone — it’s when Mexican American history was born. February 2 is the 165th anniversary of the signing of the most significant

National Trust for Historic Preservation Calls for Nominations of Latino Endangered Sites

LatinaLista — The year 2012 will always be remembered as the turning point in U.S. Latino history. After all, it was the year when Latino voters fulfilled the prophecy of the ‘Sleeping Giant.’ Yet, as many know, it took years for the greater Latino community to reach this point. It took years of creating communities