The New Americans Museum’s inspiring
exhibits pair with our educational and
cultural programs to honor our diverse
immigrant experiences. Our location is a
lively community gathering place of
living ideas and ideals.
Eliseo Silva mural - Singgalot celebrates the achievements of contemporary Filipino Americans. Philippine-born artist Eliseo Silva (b. 1972) is nationally recognized for creating this bold 145’ long mural, located in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. “SINGGALOT (The Ties That Bind)” was developed by the Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Program and organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The national tour has been made possible by Farmers Insurance. Photo courtesy Filipinas Magazine.
Did you know that Filipino sailors landed on
North American soil in the 1600s, and the first
Filipino settlements in America were in the
bayous and marshes of Louisiana? Singgalot
details the rich history of Filipinos in America,
honoring early immigrant pioneers and the
determined generations who came after them.
This exhibition explores the challenges that
confronted Filipinos following the annexation
of the Philippines as a U.S. territory in 1898, as
well as their struggles to acquire full citizenship
status as immigrants in this country throughout
the last century. More than 7,000 Filipino
Americans answered the government's call to
arms during World War II. Nearly 20 years later,
Filipino immigrants would champion major
changes in gender equality and make significant
contributions to the fight for civil rights.
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American
On Sept. 30, 1972, Clemente became the 11th player to accumulate 3,000th hits. Not surprisingly, he earned his 12th straight Gold Glove award later that year. Beyond Baseball: The Life of Roberto Clemente was organized by the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, the Carimar Design and Research studio and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, with the support of the Smithsonian Latino Center. AP/Wide World Photo
For many, Roberto
Clemente is the most inspiring baseball
superstar of them all. He remains a
legendary figure in sports, in
philanthropy, and in the hearts of
millions of Puerto Ricans and Americans.
In 18 years with the Pittsburgh Pirates,
he earned 12 consecutive Gold Glove
Awards, won four batting crowns, and
amassed 3,000 hits. He was an important
part of the Pirates' World Series
victories in 1960 and 1971. Many acclaim
him as the greatest right fielder of all
time. The National League MVP in 1966,
he was also the first Latino American
inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Tragically, his life ended at age 38 in
a plane crash while he was flying relief
supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake
victims. Beyond Baseball, an exhibition
organized with the support of the
Smithsonian Latino Center, is a
bilingual tribute to this monumental
figure's outstanding achievements on and
off the field.
Institution Traveling Exhibition Service
Our exhibitions provide not only a window on the immigrant experience, but a gateway into the many other programs available at the Museum.