Hispanic Heritage Site

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The National Park System is well endowed to commemorate Hispanic contributions to American society. Some 20 national parklands represent America's Hispanic heritage. Some sites remotely display Hispanic contributions to American culture.[1] The National Park System not only preserves the history and contributions of Hispanic Americans, it is also a part of the nation's history. Over the years, the National Park Service has reflected the nation's social history. Among the first Hispanics who influenced the course of the National Parks were:

George Wright, 1929


Early Superintendents (not fully inclusive)[2]

  • Julio Marrero-Nunez (San Juan 1962–1970);
  • Edward C. Rodriquez, Jr. (Organ Pipe Cactus 1973–1975, Southern Arizona Group 1989);
  • Ray G. Martinez, Jr. (Organ Pipe Cactus 1975–1979);
  • Edward C. Rodriquez, Jr. (Amistad 1975–89);
  • Ernest W. Ortega (Pecos 1978–80);
  • José A. Cisneros (San Antonio Mission 1979–1988, Bandelier 1988–90, Gettysburg 1989 – c. 1993);
  • Santiago Cruz (San Juan 1980);
  • Luis Garcia-Curbelo (San Juan 1980–1985);
  • Robert C. Reyes (Florissant Fossil Beds 1980–83, Great Sand Dunes 1983–1988);
  • David P. Herrerra (Whitman Mission 1987–1990)
  • Eddie L. Lopez (Grant-Kohrs Ranch 1988 – c. 1993);
  • Peter G. Sanchez (act’g Haleakala 1988 – c. 1993);
  • Vidal V. Martinez (Sagamore Hill 1990 – c. 1993);
  • Edward A. Lopez (Coronado 1990 – c. 1993);

Regional Directors[2]

  • Ernesto Quintana, Midwest Region (2003-date)

National Park Units[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ALMANAC, Edited and Compiled by Ben Moffett and Vickie Carson, National Park Service, Rocky Mountain Region; Denver, Colorado; 1991, updated 2006
  2. ^ a b Historic Listing of National Park Service Officials, USDI, NPS, May 1, 1991, by Harold Danz. Updates after publication by Public Affairs.