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Abuelas Project

Project Background

Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) will launch the Abuelas Project in Summer 2021 as a multi-year preservation initiative to collect, curate, and amplify stories about places that matter to Latinx communities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Funding from the National Trust for Historic Preservation will support strategic planning efforts through a Texas pilot project (Phase I). Building on recent efforts to conserve Latinx heritage, the digital project as a whole seeks to uncover the social, cultural, and economic connections our communities forge through historic places. It aims to converse with scholarly and technical studies of Latinx history and culture, while elevating everyday voices. It will also encourage intergenerational storytelling using new media, create a clearinghouse for information about Latinx preservation (theme studies, surveys, nominations, etc.), support allied efforts to designate Latinx historic sites, and identify important patterns related to Latinx preservation nationwide.