Founded in 2014, Latinos in Heritage Conservation is a national organization of professionals, educators, and advocates dedicated to promoting historic preservation in Latino communities throughout the United States. We seek to elevate Latino historic places and stories as part of a more inclusive American narrative and to sustain the living cultural heritage of the country’s diverse Latino communities.
Latinos in Heritage Conservation will be a thoughtful and influential leader in the field of heritage conservation in the United States and beyond. We envision a nation that values Latino history and recognizes it as a part of the greater American story. By building a wide and diverse network of advocates who believe in preserving Latino history and places, the field of heritage conservation will be more inclusive and representative of the country’s Latino population.
To develop a national community of Latino preservationists that share knowledge and respond to calls-to-action.
To build the capacity of Latino communities engaging in preservation work at the local, state, and national levels.
To advocate for policy change at all levels of government that will work to preserve Latino heritage.
To develop sources of funding for the identification, documentation, (re)interpretation, and promotion of historic sites that are associated with Latino history.
To promote the development of educational curriculum and programming focused on Latino heritage and historic sites.
To broadcast nationally the work of LHC members and others who are working to sustain Latino heritage.
The LHC Executive Committee consists of 11 members dedicated to conserving Latino heritage nationwide.
LHC Executive Committee
Front: Moira Nadal, Laura Dominguez, Sehila Mota Casper, Josephine Talamantez, and Desiree Smith. Back: Betty Villegas, Leonor Perez, Ray Rast, Sarah Zenaida Gould, Antonia Castaneda, Ed Torrez, and Marta Martinez.
Executive Committee members not pictured: Sara Delgaldillo Cruz, Yolanda Chávez Leyva and Daniel Serda