National Museum of the American Latino Panel Releases Report

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The findings from the panel that was assembled years ago by President George W. Bush in 2008 to help determine whether there should be a National Museum of the American Latino has released its findings today.

Among the panel members are Eva Longoria and Emilio Estefan, who spoke to us yesterday about the importance of such an institution in the United States.

The commissioned report will be delivered to the White House and Congress today at 3 p.m. and overwhelmingly suggests that the new museum definitely be built, citing the long overdue lack of national recognition of Latino contributions to America. It also says that the museum should be part of the Smithsonian and suggest that they name it The Smithsonian American Latino Museum. The Smithsonian has had a contentious relationship with Hispanic history; a 1994 report, commissioned by the museum itself, slammed the neglect of the institution for its seemingly biased take on the history of the United States.

The report also stresses the importance that the Museum be located in the National Mall. "I think it’s important that the museum be located in the National Mall because if we’re doing something to make a statement about our contributions to America, then it should be somewhere that speaks to this nation’s history," Emilio told us.

It's a huge project to undertake as the museum seeks to address the 500-year history of Latinos in the United States and the contributions we've made. "There must also be a living monument that recognizes that Latinos were here well before 1776 and that in this new century, the future is increasingly Latino, more than fifty million people and growing,” the report argues.

So, when will this museum we so richly deserve be built? No one really knows! There is a lot of fundraising to do and it will take tons of coordination and negotation on the part of the panel members and the Smithsonian to get The Smithsonian American Latino Museum built.

"The museum honoring African Americans has been something like 20 years in the making, but we hope that the Museum for the American Latino will be much quicker —we certainly are working very hard toward that," Emilio told Latina.com.

We couldn't think of more capable hands for the project to be in.

 

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