The National Trust for Historic Preservation and Smithsonian Latino Center Partner to Create New Opportunities

 The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC)  are partnering for the second year to provide graduate students with an unique opportunity to explore the nation’s cultural and historic resources. The Smithsonian’s Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) has brought the two organizations together to help empower the scholars to become leaders in the interpretation of Latino art, culture and history.

Traditionally, LMSP places the graduate students in practicum internships at Smithsonian museums; but in 2012, for the first time, the National Trust was able to host a graduate student from the program.  Brazilian doctoral candidate, Christian Larsen, studying material culture at the Bard Graduate Center was tasked with conducting a high-level survey of the National Trust's 60,000 items held throughout its historic sites with specific Latino roots.  “My experience at the historic sites helped the history come alive, and gave me an intuitive sense of what it was like to live there,” explained Larsen. 

“We are honored to have the opportunity to work once again with the Smithsonian Latino Center in 2013,” said Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, senior vice president of Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and former program participant. This is especially important, not only as we continue to re-imagine, innovate and recover stories unknown and obscured at our historic sites, but the stories that may emerge also provides the Trust the opportunity to broaden the national narrative and engage entirely new audiences.” Rael-Gálvez knew the National Trust would benefit greatly from the partnership given the National Trust’s new strategic direction to broaden its base and reach new audiences.

"We were happy to assist in furthering the work of an important project and look forward to partnering with the National Trust again this year," said Danny Lopez, Smithsonian Latino Center Program Manager. “The Trust played a pivotal role in providing an enriching experience to a young scholar."

The deadline to apply for this summer’s LMSP is April 15. For more information about the program or to apply, please visit the Smithsonian Latino Center’s website:

About the Latino Museum Studies Program

The program focuses on developing museum practice within a framework of Latino Cultural Studies and is offered in two segments. The first component is a two-week seminar for all participants aimed at providing tools to enhance leadership, research and creative skills through a series of lectures, workshops, interactive discussions and behind-the-scenes tours of Smithsonian museums and collections. The second component is a series of four-week practicum projects offered on a competitive level where participants will work on a specific project with a Smithsonian unit. 



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