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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.
Images on Flickr
A new set containing photos and documents from the National Archives that relate to Asian Pacific American Heritage Month on the Flickr photo sharing site.
Over the years the National Endowment for the Humanities Division of Preservation & Access has funded numerous preservation projects that emphasize the cultural contributions of the diverse peoples of Asia and the Pacific Islands. These projects include cataloging and preserving rare cultural and religious artifacts, digitizing fragile textiles and art, and working to preserve endangered languages.
Veterans History Project
Asian Pacific Americans made lasting contributions to America’s wartime efforts. Collected stories highlight service from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.
Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.
2013 Event Highlights
Throughout the Month of May
Film: State of Aloha
Featuring a broad range of interviews, this documentary not only gives voice to the people living in Hawai’i today, but also lays out the complicated history of this once-sovereign nation.
(Smithsonian Institution, American Indian Museum)
- May 4
"I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story" A kid-friendly event including performances, hands-on activities, readings by local authors, conversations with curators, and a scavenger hunt.
(Smithsonian Institution, American History Museum)