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NHM Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

Recognizing the heritage and history of the Hispanic and Latino/a/x community, past and present.

Olvera Street Illustration
Olvera Street, early days exhibit 1930s. Metro Library and Archive

A celebration of the Hispanic, Latino/a and Latinx community

The Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County are proud to join the nationwide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. During this month, and throughout the year, we will share stories from past and present and recognize the richly diverse Hispanic, Latino/a and Latinx community who call Los Angeles home. 

  • Hispanic refers to a person who is from or a descendant of someone who is from a Spanish-speaking country.
  • Latino/a refers to a person who is from or a descendant of someone who is from a country in Latin America.
  • Latinx is used as a gender-neutral or nonbinary alternative to Latino or Latina to refer to a person who is from or a descendant of someone who is from a country in Latin America.

Los Angeles is home to many vibrant and diverse Hispanic, Latino/a and Latinx communities, and these are just a few of the stories, people, places, organizations, and events that have shaped Los Angeles and beyond. Stay tuned for more stories and videos! 

Join the conversation on social media by sharing your own stories about Hispanic, Latino/a and Latinx heritage by using #NHMLA and #HispanicHeritageMonth. 


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and recognizing the vibrant community of Angelenos that work at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County, we are highlighting individual stories of Museum staff.

Meet Samantha Avitia, Community Engagement Coordinator

Samantha Avitia shares her journey to NHM, how she engages with other organizations, and using her buying power to connect with her community.

Meet Marisol Garcia, Mobile Museums Manager

Marisol Garcia she shares her discovery of science education at museums, connecting with colleagues on the wonder of science, and how she connects with her culture by sharing science with the L.A. community.

Meet Jennifer Aguilar, Lead Gallery Interpreter


Jennifer Aguilar Headshot

I work in the Education Department as a Lead Gallery Interpreter. I coach the Museum's interpretive floor volunteers to ensure they are feeling comfortable with sharing the Museum's content and interacting with the public. As a Lead Gallery Interpreter, I also help to support the work of our amazing Gallery Interpreter team. One of the most rewarding aspects of my job is being able to connect with our Museum visitors and invite them to be curious and ask questions.

How do you connect with your community/culture/heritage in Los Angeles?

For me, it is important to acknowledge that museums are not neutral spaces. As a Museum Educator, I connect with my community by actively seeking out opportunities to help People of Color feel empowered, seen, and heard in our museum spaces. 

Outside of the Museum, I enjoy reading literature and admiring artwork done by Latinx people. It is through sharing stories, continually educating myself on issues that affect the Latinx community, and being proud and unashamed of my brown skin that I feel most connected to my community and my heritage.