Though America is usually considered a 'melting pot' society for its assimilation of multiple cultures, Americans have also demonstrated a strong interest in retaining unique ethnic interests and heritage. Since the 19th century, and especially following World War II, this desire to preserve ethnic history, culture, and art has resulted in the establishment of numerous ethnic museums, art galleries, and historic sites.This comprehensive directory, the first of its kind, provides information about more than 1,100 museums and sites devoted to 55 ethnic groups, including not only those founded and operated by ethnic groups themselves but also those created by 'non-ethnic' persons, agencies and institutions. Organized alphabetically by ethnic group, entries include a description of each site and of its collections and facilities, along with complete contact information, website, hours and ticket information.
Victor J. Danilov has served as both the director and president of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry and is the founding director of the Museum Management Program at the University of Colorado. He has written over 20 books, more than half of which focus on museums and historic sites.