On Sunday, February 10, 2013, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced a new Asian American Pacific Islander heritage theme study to better convey the full range of American cultural experiences. As part of this initiative, the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle has been designated an “affiliated area” of the National Park Service. This partnership is in recognition of the museum’s important work portraying the Asian Pacific American experience and will facilitate greater collaboration between the two entities. The following is a statement by Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
“The National Trust for Historic Preservation applauds Secretary Salazar and the Department of the Interior for introducing a new Asian American Pacific Islander heritage theme study, which we hope will lead to saving and celebrating more places associated with these communities. As it stands, less than 3 percent of all National Register listings represent places associated with diverse cultural groups. We see this study as a step toward changing this troubling statistic and support any effort to preserve the diverse history of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. We look forward to learning more about this initiative to preserve such an important part of our nation’s history.”