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Home arrowNews arrow Latinos in Heritage Conservation to Host Reunion in November

Latinos in Heritage Conservation to Host Reunion in November

Latinos in Heritage Conservation (LHC) is an organization of preservation professionals, scholars, and community advocates and activists established in 2014 to promote historic preservation in Latina/o communities throughout the United States. Last month, LHC published a guest article by ACHP Vice Chairman Teresa Leger de Fernandez who spoke of the urgent need to revisit national historic preservation policies and programs so as to better reflect the nation’s racial, ethnic, and geographic diversity. It is precisely that reason why LHC came into existence, as the organization aims to “move the needle” within the larger preservation movement in order to ensure a more complete American narrative, and to sustain the living cultural heritage of the country’s diverse Latina/o communities.

One of the most effective strategies LHC has used to connect and build a widespread community of Latino preservationists is hosting national gatherings. The first gathering took place in Tucson, Arizona, in May 2015 and brought together more than 100 people to chart a course for the future of the organizations. LHC will host its next national gathering-Reunión 2016-November 18-19th in Houston, Texas. Reunión 2016 is a two-day conference featuring top voices in the Latino historic preservation movement with panel discussions covering topics such as:

  • advocacy for greater equity in historic preservation practices, policies, and funding in order to enrich the quality of life in our communities;

  • inclusion of Latina/o historic places in federal designation programs, including the National Register of Historic Places, the National Historic Landmarks program, and the units of the National Park System;

  • preservation of tangible and intangible Latino heritage;

  • alternative methods of documentation in Latino communities; and

  • best practices for engaging Latino constituents and stakeholders in institutionally driven preservation projects.


Discussions about these critical issues will be led by more than a dozen guest speakers from across the country, including Dr. Antonia Castañeda, Dr. Yolanda Leyva, Dr. Nicolas Kanellos, Marta V. Martínez, Adán Medrano, Jesús Najar, Dr. Ray Rast, Graciela Sanchez, Dr. Mario Sanchez, Mika Selly, Albert Valtierra, and Dr. Tomás Ybarra-Frausto.

Fifty years after the passage of the National Historic Preservation Act (1966), the conference is a rare opportunity for practitioners and advocates of Latino preservation to meet and exchange ideas and will follow the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s weeklong PastForward conference, which ends on November 18. Hundreds of preservation professionals will be in Houston for this conference, and Reunión 2016 will build upon this momentum with a Texas Latino focus. Held at Teatro Bilingue de Houston, an important Chicano/Latino arts organization established in 1977, Reunión 2016 is open to all interested in preserving our nation’s diverse Latino heritage.

Registration is $25/$10 for students with school ID. Click here for more information on how to register.

Updated October 6, 2016