Thursday, March 29, 2012

Fun facts of the American Latino

Earlier today I received an e-mail from the Friends of the National Museum of the American Latino. Just a simple e-mail blast asking for donations, it also included some fun facts that some people may not know. 
  • In 1565, the nation's oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida was established by the Spanish. This was 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. 
  • In 1899, the “Borinqueneers”, the all-Puerto Rican Infantry Regiment unit in the Army was formed. Among their many commendations, that unit went on to win 4 Distinguished Service Crosses and 125 Silver Stars for their heroic courage, loyalty, and skill defending our freedom. 
  • In 1931, Rita Moreno, an energetic dancer, singer, and actress, was born. She is the first and only Hispanic woman to have won an Emmy Award, a Golden Globe Award, an Oscar, and a Tony Award. Moreno appeared in such American classics as The King and I and West Side Story.
There is no known date the museum may open. Since the museum is proposed to be a part of the Smithsonian Institution, entrance would essential be free. And according to a FoxNewLatino article, "Projections for the project require the government to pay half of the $402 million needed for construction, in addition to committing to cover 40 percent of its $47 million per year operating costs." Glad to know it will be located in Washington, DC, however, I wonder how long we must wait for a grand opening? 
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