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April 28-30, 2022 | Denver, CO







As the only conference of its kind, Congreso offers three days of content focused specifically on the topic of Latinx heritage conservation. Congreso provides a national forum to amplify regional efforts, successes as well as challenges, with the goal of building a culturally and geographically diverse movement for all American Latinxs.


In partnership with Historic Denver Inc, LHC will host Congreso 2022 in Denver, Colorado, April 28-30, 2022. Guided by the belief that historic preservation should be accessible, more inclusive, and reflective of her people, Congreso 2022 will center the Intermountain Region, explore multiple perspectives, and ignite the next wave of Latinx heritage practitioners. 


The conference will also affirm LHC's national vision which is focused on inclusion and historic preservation equity. 2020 marked the tenth anniversary since the Department of the Interior launched the American Latino Heritage Initiative, making this an ideal time to reflect on and celebrate Latinx preservation while highlighting Latinx historical presence, 20th century urban history, contributions to American democracy, Sacred Indigenous sites, and cultural landscapes. ​


Honorable Ken Salazar, U.S Ambassador to Mexico and former Secretary of the Interior; Congressman Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ), Chair of the House Natural Resources Committee; David Vela, former NPS Acting Director; Dr. Nicki Gonzales, Colorado State Historian & Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion at Regis University, among others.


Featuring culturally significant sites such as Su Teatro, Casa Maya, Museo de las Americas, La Alma Lincoln Park, Aztlan Theater, and various Denver Chicanx murals (many dating to the Chicano Movement of the 1960s-70s).


Presenters and attendees will explore various topics including the Latinx history of Denver, current and ongoing efforts to preserve and protect Latinx heritage in Denver and Colorado, Latinx heritage resource studies, cultural district programs, innovative historic documentation methods, advocacy strategies, and best practices on inclusion.



History Colorado Center:

1200 N Broadway, Denver, Colorado 80203

For updated Covid-19 information, please see Visit Denver’s Covid-19 Guideline’s page.


Face masks and proof of vaccination will be required. LHC wants to keep gente safe!


Book your hotel!

Element by Marriott - Denver Downtown East

1314 Elati Street Denver, Colorado 80204


  • Discounted Group Rate for “Congreso 2022”: $114 + tax

  • Distance to Historic Colorado Center: .5 Miles, 10-minute walk

  • Free grab-n-go breakfast, Parking $18/day

  • Group Block Cut-Off Date: April 7th.

Limited rooms at discounted rate, use the Congreso link to book today!


To and From Airport to Downtown!

It's easy to get from Denver International Airport (DEN) to downtown Denver on the airport rail line, operated by the Regional Transportation District (RTD), and offers convenient transportation between DEN and downtown Denver:

  •  Where to catch the A-Line

    • Airport: The location is right by the new Westin Denver International Airport Hotel.

    • Downtown/Union Station: 1701 Wynkoop St. 

  • Distance: 23 miles to downtown’s Denver Union Station

  • Travel time: 37 minutes from the airport to Denver Union Station

  • Frequency: trains run every 15 minutes during peak travel times, and every 30 minutes from 3 a.m. - 5 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (for exact departure and arrival times, please consult the schedule on the RTD website)

  • Tickets: A Line tickets may be purchased using cash or credit cards at the ticket vending machines located at the train stations or at the DEN Transit Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the RTD Information Booth at the Transit Center

  • Cost: $10.50 to/from Denver International Airport to Union Station downtown  


Once in downtown at Union Station, feel free to get a Lyft, Uber, or take a cab to the Element hotel, location at 1314 Elati Street. The hotel is 1.4 miles from Union Station.


You can also take the connecting bus route via the Free MallRide (purple line). Nearest stop to the hotel is Treemont Pl. then a 10-minute walk to the hotel.



The Congreso’s Scholarship will support scholars and multi-generational community advocates to attend this national convening. Support will be given to those from historically excluded backgrounds to help amplify underrepresented voices in the heritage field. Learn more and apply for a scholarship.


Congreso 2022 allows you to support an important cause and connect with a talented and diverse audience. Sponsors who support main conference activities receive exposure and visibility at key events throughout the conference. Your sponsorship will reach a large audience comprised of historians, preservationists, educators, students, and emerging professionals, as well as local and national civic leaders, advocates, historic site directors, university staff, and community practitioners.


The Congreso’s Scholarship will support scholars and multi-generational community advocates to attend this national convening. Support will be given to those from historically excluded backgrounds to help amplify underrepresented voices in the heritage field. Learn more and apply for a scholarship.

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Since 2015 Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) has championed the preservation of Latinx Heritage through national conferences throughout the country. These landmark gatherings have brought together national thought leaders, preservationists, scholars, students, and community advocates to discuss the value and future of Latinx heritage conservation in the United States. 


The first national summit took place in 2015 and was held in Tucson, Arizona, in 2016 LHC came together in Houston, Texas. In 2018, LHC partnered with Rhode Island Latino Arts, and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission for its third national convening, titled Encuentro, in Providence, Rhode Island. After delays due to the global pandemic, 2022 is the year LHC will host its signature biennial national conference, Congreso, in Denver at the History Colorado Center with its intermountain partner, Historic Denver Inc.

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