The mission of the Central American Historical and Ancestral Society (CAHAAS) of California is to collect, preserve, and share Central America's rich and dynamic history with individuals and communities who are interested in advancing their research and knowledge of the region.
CAHAAS links the past with the present by uprooting history through research and the curation of Central American artifacts, archival documentation and historical photographs, bringing to light more inclusive and authentic stories about the Central American experience in California and Central America.
The driving force behind this educational platform and community resource is to bridge the cultural knowledge gap that leads to biased narratives, stereotypes, racism and inequality. We aim to ultimately change perspectives and behaviors towards Central Americans.
With over 7 million Central Americans living in the United States and more worldwide, we envision an online platform that reaches audiences across the globe, along with the opening of CAHAAS chapters to serve local communities nationwide, each collecting, preserving and sharing relevant Central American history and experiences.