The National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program is pleased to welcome Gianna Sanchez for a summer internship through the Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP). Gianna was born and raised in New Mexico, and is currently a graduate student of History at the University of New Mexico.

In the past two years, LHIP has funded two research projects that have focused on Hispanic legacies and stories of Route 66 in the Greater Southwest. This new project “Sharing Our History: Hispanic Legacies of Route 66” will work with the research produced over the last two years and develop interpretative materials to benefit the general public and the communities that have participated in the two-year project.“Sharing Our History: Hispanic Legacies of Route 66” will be an interpretive and educational project that will highlight the under-told stories of Hispanic contributions to historic Route 66 in the Southwest. Specific activities will include reviewing existing research, interviewing community members, historians, and other knowledge holders to collect additional information, writing interpretive text, gathering images, and working with a team of historians and interpreters to develop a web-based interpretive product. The end result will be an online interpretive presentation of history, places, people, and stories that deepens public understanding of the American experience of Route 66.

The Latino Heritage Internship Program is made possible through a partnership between Environment for the Americas and the National Park Service. The goals of the partnership are to engage the next generation of conservation stewards by raising awareness of our national park units and programs, and increasing accessibility and involvement by Latino communities.