L. Stephen Velasquez
Velasquez started as an intern in the National Museum of Natural History in 1995 and joined the National Museum of American History in 1997. His research interest includes Latino history, identity and material culture, food ways, Spanish America colonial history, and immigration/migration. He was co-curator for the Bracero Oral History Project and associated traveling exhibit, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-1964. Past exhibits and projects include, Mexican Treasures at the Smithsonian; AZUCAR! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz; A Collector’s Vision of Puerto Rico; Julia Child’s Kitchen at the Smithsonian, as well as many other exhibit cases and special projects. He is currently co-curator for FOOD; Transforming the American Table 1950-2000, and the project Smithsonian Immigration\Migration Initiative. Velasquez received his M.A. from George Washington University and B.A., from University of Missouri, Columbia.
Presenter for the Following Session
- ARCHIVE: From Where I Stand: A Closer Look at Understanding Immigration/Migration Experiences in the United States
In this session for educators and their students, we’ll focus on something as seemingly simple as pairs of shoes and learn about the stories they tell. From fashion to tradition and work to play, each pair of shoes tells a story that offers perspective into the history of the American people.