L. Steve Velasquez
- Professorial Lecturer in Museum Studies
- [email protected]
L. Stephen Velasquez is a Curator for the Division of Cultural and Community Life, National Museum of American History. His research interest includes Latinx history and identity, material culture, food ways, and immigration/migration history. He was co-curator for Food: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000 and Many Voices, One Nation. He is currently involved in the exhibition Entertainment Nation as well as a research project on Mexican vineyard workers in Napa and a future exhibit on lowriders. He is a member of the Food History Initiative planning, organizing, and participating in Food History Weekend and other public programs related to food history and culture. Past projects include the Bracero Oral History Project and associated traveling exhibit, Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program 1942-196; 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 holds a master’s degree in Anthropology from The George Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri.
B.A., University of Missouri
M.A., The George Washington University
“Concha’s American Journey,” in Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection, Smithsonian Books, 2019.
“Coming of Age, Latina Style,” in Smithsonian American Women: Remarkable Objects and Stories of Strength, Ingenuity, and Vision from the National Collection, Smithsonian Books, 2019.
“Doing it with “Ganas”: Mexican and Mexican Americans Shaping the California Wine Industry,”
Southern California Quarterly, Vol 100, No. 2, Summer 2018, p. 216-243.
"Old South, New Migrations" in Many Voices, One Nation: Material Culture Reflections on Race and Migration in the United States. Margaret Salazar-Porzio and Joan Troyano, eds., Smithsonian
Institution Scholarly Press, 2017, P.231-243.
“Creating a Bracero Archive: Collaborations, Collections, and Challenges,” Diálogo, Vol. 19, No. 2, Fall
“Tortillas, Tacos, and Berries: Reflections on Collecting Latino Food History at the National Museum of American History” in Food and Museums, Nina Levent and Irina D. Mihalache, eds. Bloomsbury
“The Teodoro Vidal Collection: Creating Space for Latinos at the National Museum of American History,”
The Public Historian, Vol. 23, No. 4, Fall, 2001.