Laura Torres: September 15, 2016


National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15th



Laura Torres

Field Representative for the National Parks Conservation Association’s Los Angeles Field Office


Our national parks reflect our country’s diverse people and shared history which continues to be written. Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th to October 15th provides an opportunity to celebrate Latino history and culture and to recognize the many contributions of Latinos across our country and within our National Park System.  In 2012, during Hispanic Heritage Month, President Obama designated the Cesar E. Chavez National Monument in Keene, California which was the first national park site to honor a contemporary Latino.

Additional places within our National Park System related to Latino history and culture include: the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, CA, the Coronado National Memorial in Hereford, AZ, the Dry Tortugas National Park in Key West, Florida, the Presidio in Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, CA, the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in San Antonio, Texas and San Juan National Historic Site in Puerto Rico.

By honoring the people and stories that are shared in these national park sites, the National Parks Conservation Association is calling for continued actions to increase diversity in our 413 national park sites. The NPCA calls upon our members of Congress to pass legislation to also designate the Cesar Chavez National Historical Park in California and Arizona to preserve the complete story of César Chávez and the farmworkers movement. The national historical park would include the current Cesar E. Chavez National Monument as well as 40 Acres and the Filipino Hall in Delano, California, The Santa Rita Center in Phoenix, Arizona, and McDonnell Hall in San Jose, California.

On Thursday, September 15th, NPCA’s Laura Torres will be available to talk more about NPCA’s commitment to diversity and preservation of Latino history and Culture in our National Parks.   Laura will also discuss how legislation would allow America’s greatest storytellers, the National Park Service, to care for these sites as well as share stories of the region’s history and rich culture.

More About Laura Torres:

Laura Torres is a field representative for the National Parks Conservation Association’s Los Angeles Field Office, where she works to engage families and youth in urban communities to build a diverse base of leaders and advocates who support NPCA’s local and national campaigns. Born in Mexico City she obtained her B.A. in Spanish from Grinnell College in Iowa, and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from Cal State Los Angeles. Laura grew up and has lived most of her life just east of the LA River. Her passion for the outdoors started with exploring the local mountains and has evolved to connect more people with the National Parks.

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