What do a raft, an instrument, a pair of boots, and a helmet have in common? They are all part of a new exhibit in Washington, D.C., that celebrates Latino cultures and heritage.
The exhibit is called ¡Presente! (preh-ZEN-teh) A Latino History of the United States. It includes items that celebrate scientists, artists, athletes, and everyday people.
“We’re showcasing stories that are never heard,” says Emily Key, who works at the exhibit. “They are not part of textbooks.”
¡Presente! will become part of the National Museum of the American Latino, expected to open in the 2030s. For now, it is located in the National Museum of American History.
“The Latino experience is the American experience,” Key says.
Read on to learn about some of the items on display.