In February, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that the National Park Service will undertake an Asian American Pacific Islander Theme Study to investigate the stories, places and people of Asian American and Pacific Island heritage.

The new study is part of a broader effort under President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors program to commemorate and tell a more inclusive story of all Americans, including minorities and women who have made significant contributions to our nation’s history and culture.

Over the next 12 to 18 months, the National Park Service will work with scholars representing the Asian American and Pacific Islander-American communities to explore ways to celebrate and interpret their heritage. The Service’s National Historic Landmark program will develop a theme study to guide future nominations of National Historic Landmarks and National Register properties.

On Thursday, May 9, national leaders and scholars will gather at the Department of the Interior to discuss how the legacy of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders should be recognized, preserved, and interpreted for future generations.

WHITE HOUSE FORUM ON ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE

Thursday, May 9, 2013
1:00 – 5:00 PM

U.S. Department of the Interior
Yates Auditorium
1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240

The event will feature remarks by senior Obama Administration officials and panel discussions featuring nationally recognized AAPI scholars and historians.

Members of the public interested in attending this forum should RSVP online by no later than midnight on Friday, May 3, 2013. Space is limited and registration will close once the event reaches capacity.