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Washington Trust Announces Seattle Latino Heritage Project

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At a time when challenges to immigration and diversity dominate much of our public discourse, acknowledging and preserving the historical legacy of Latinos in Washington is more important than ever. With a grant from the National Park Service and under direction of the state Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, we are excited to announce a project highlighting to a statewide audience the history and contributions of the descendants of early 1900s Mexican American migrant families and success of early Latino entrepreneurs in the Seattle Area.

This project aims to identify places of significance that should be recognized through a survey and inventory of historic properties, including listing on the National Register of Historic Places; document personal histories and experiences through recorded interviews; and to interpret and disseminate the impact of Seattle area Latino communities on our state heritage.

To learn more about the project or share your stories, join us for a public meeting March 5th, 2018, from 5:45-7:30pm at the High Point Public Library at 3411 SW Raymond St, Seattle, WA 98126. Coffee and pan dulce will be provided. If you are unable to attend but would like more information or to contribute, please contact Julianne Patterson, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation (206)643-5276; Erasmo Gamboa, Project Historian,; or Susan Johnson, Survey and Nominations, (253)572-4599

This project is a collaboration of the National Park Service, the state Department of Archeology and Historic Preservation, the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Artifacts Consulting, Dr. Erasmo Gamboa of the University of Washington, and Sea Mar.