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.
Asian and Pacific Islander peoples in all walks of life have played a profoundly important role in American history, contributing to and shaping the rich heritage of the United States in many ways. This profoundly important role Asian American Pacific Islanders have played in American history is now highlighted in the National Park Service’s newest online travel itinerary, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage.
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 itinerary offers several ways to discover and experience these historic places:
Descriptions of each featured destination on the List of Sites highlight the significance of the places and their stories, photographs and other illustrations, and information on how to visit. These include sites in the states and areas of Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Essays provide background and context for understanding historic places featured in the itinerary and others that are worthy of recognition. The essay on “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the Making of the Nation” and the Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders booklet set the stage.
Maps help visitors plan what to see and do and get directions to places to visit.
A Learn More section provides links to relevant tourism, history, preservation, general information, and other websites. This section also includes a bibliography.
“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 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.