Add Sabor to the 2013 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List

Posted on: February 11th, 2013 by Adriana Gallegos 5 Comments

El Camino Real de Terra Adentro trail sign. Credit: Samat Jain, flickr
El Camino Real de Terra Adentro

The March 1 deadline to nominate a site to the 2013 America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places List is fast approaching. Here at the National Trust, we use this annual list to spotlight threatened historic places from America’s diverse pasts.

In particular, as the Latino population continues to grow, it’s important to recognize the 500 years of Latino historic contributions to this country. Latinos have always been a part of America’s story, from the early Spanish explorers to the accomplishment of the first Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Unfortunately, less than three percent of all the national landmarks that we have -- the highest designation you can receive as a historic landmark -- are about the history of Latinos and other minority groups in the U.S., according to the Department of the Interior. We want to enable America’s diverse communities to see themselves in preservation, and we'll enrich our country by preserving the full range of all American cultural experiences.

Silverio de la Pena Post Office, Rio Grande City, TX on Los Caminos del Rio. Credit: Mario Sanchez
Silverio de la Peña Post Office, Rio Grande City, TX on Los Caminos del Rio Heritage Corridor

For over a quarter century, the list of America’s 11 Most Endangered Historic Places has highlighted important examples of the nation’s architectural, cultural, and natural heritage that are at risk for destruction or irreparable damage.

Thanks to the list, sites such as El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail, which tells the history of the early Spanish explorers, have gained more national exposure. El Camino Real is known to be one of the largest and most important artifacts of the Spanish Colonial era in the U.S. and one of the most valuable single markers of the Hispanic experience in the Southwest.

Los Caminos del Rio Heritage Corridor was also listed. This site’s history and architecture reflect a rich blend of Hispanic, Latino and Anglo cultures in Southern Texas. It focuses on the cultural continuity that exists between the U.S. and Mexico in the region.

If you would like to save a historic site, place, or community that represents the history of Latinos or other minorities in this country, now is the time to take action. Submit your nomination by March 1, and let the historic places across the country tell the story of all Americans.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos

Adriana Gallegos is the Blogger Outreach Manager working to inform bloggers and online influencers about the National Trust’s mission. In her free time she enjoys spending time with family both in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Burgos, Spain.

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5 Responses

  1. Mimi Lozano

    February 11, 2013

    Hi Adriana . . .

    Do you have data answering the follow question:

    Of the 3% covering minority/ethnic historic sites, what is the percentage of Hispanic/Latino sites receiving national recognition?


  2. Jason F. Statchem

    February 12, 2013

    According to Terry Richey, the National Trust’s Chief Marketing Officer, Hispanics never rally to protect their historic sites making Hispanic sites an unlikely campaign for the Trust to pursue. Just look at their National Treasures portfolio of sites or the amount of Hispanic staff in the organization as an example.

  3. Adriana Gallegos
    Adriana Gallegos

    February 12, 2013

    Hi Mimi,

    Great question. Let me find out the exact percentage of Hispanic/Latino sites receiving national recognition? In the meantime look at the list of Latino/Hispanic national park units-as well as national trails, heritage areas and historic landmarks

    Thank you for your comment!

  4. Adriana Gallegos
    Adriana Gallegos

    February 12, 2013

    Hi Mimi,

    The National Register staff conducted an investigation of the 83,775 National Register listings to determine the level of diversity.

    Analysis of the listings revealed that less than 3% of the National Register listings, or 2,457 properties, represented America’s diverse cultural groups. The chart below categorizes the listings by associated cultural group.

    National Register Listings by Cultural Group: 83,775 Total Listing as of August 27, 2008

    African American 1,568 1.87%
    Asian/ Asian American 73 0.09%
    Pacific Islander 40 0.05%
    Native American 638 0.76%
    Hispanic 95 0.11%
    Other (defunct category)43 0.05%
    TOTAL 2,457 2.93%

    As you can see Hispanic sites are one of the least represented. I think with your help and others we could help increase that number.

  5. Adriana Gallegos
    Adriana Gallegos

    February 13, 2013

    Dear Jason,

    The National Trust, including Mr. Richey, recognizes that Latinos have been underrepresented in the preservation movement. Alongside our partners we have been making great strides to ensure that the places we touch embrace the full range of American cultural experiences. In our current portfolio of 34 National Treasures, places we are bringing all our assets to bear to protect, a total of 29% represent the heritage of America’s diverse communities. With stories like this one, and our increased outreach efforts, we are working harder than ever to provide all Americans with the resources they need to preserve the places and share the stories that matter.