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Velasquez, Steve


Latino identity and history, material culture, food and wine history, immigration and migration history.

I have been involved in many Latino history projects at NMAH: Spanish in the New World, Puerto Rican history - Vidal Collection, Mexican American history - Bracero history, food labor, food culture, religion, bordelands history. Cuban American history - Pedro Pan history. 

Geographic Focus

Background And Education

Education And Training

Public Biography

  • Steve Velasquez is a Curator for the Division of Home and Community Life, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution. His research interest includes Latino history and identity, material culture, food ways, and immigration/migration history. He was co-curator for the Bracero Oral History Project and associated traveling exhibit, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964.  Past projects include, Mexican Treasures at the SmithsonianAZUCAR! The Life and Music of Celia CruzA Collector’s Vision of Puerto RicoJulia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian, as well as many other exhibit cases and special projects.  Most recently he was co-curator for Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000 and Many Voices, One Nation. He is currently involved in several research and collecting projects on baseball, entertainment history, and food, wine, and beer history. He is also project director for “Exiles in America: Memory and Lived Experience of Cuban Pedro Pans” as well as “Mexican Vineyard Workers in Napa: Work, Culture, and Community.”

Research And Grants


  • Latino, Latinx, Latina, food, agriculture, popular culture


Selected Publications


Responsible Collections Areas

  • Community collections, Latino/a, domestic food, Southwest, Latino entertainment