WASHINGTON, D.C. (Sept. 30, 2014) — The profoundly important role Asian American Pacific Islanders have played in American history is highlighted in the National Park Service’s newest online travel itinerary, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage.
From early Pacific Islander settlements and Native Hawaiian sacred places, to the First Transcontinental Railroad, to Japanese Relocation Centers, to neighborhoods rich in history and tradition, Asian and Pacific Islander peoples have contributed to and shaped the rich and diverse heritage of the United States.
“From the early settlement of the country to the economic development of the American West and the desegregation of public schools in the 20th century, Asian Americans have played a significant role in the history of the United States,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “This travel itinerary highlights many sites associated with their accomplishments and struggles which are preserved in America’s national parks and in the National Register of Historic Places.”
The itinerary, which includes nearly 70 historic places in 16 states, as well as the District of Columbia, and territories including American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, and Guam, is loaded with information, images, maps, and essays. It is available online at www.nps.gov/nr/travel/Asian_American_and_Pacific_Islander_Heritage.
Featured destinations explore the stories and legacy of Asian and Pacific Islander peoples found in national parks and other places listed in the National Register of Historic Places, most of which are National Historic Landmarks. The National Register of Historic Places is one of more than a dozen programs administered by the National Park Service that provide states and local communities technical assistance, recognition, and funding to help preserve their own history and create close-to-home recreation opportunities.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage itinerary is the 59th in the online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series. The series supports historic preservation, promotes public awareness of history, and encourages people to visit historic places throughout the country.
The National Park Service’s Heritage Education Services produced this itinerary in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.