Working together, United States cultural organizations including the National Gallery of Art, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the National Park Service, and the National Endowment for Humanities, celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month each year from September 15 to October 15.
During this month, organizations celebrate “the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.”
On the US Government’s website for National Hispanic Heritage Month, you will find a number of online exhibits, resources, and information about events taking place over the course of the month. In particular, the website is hosting “Telling All Americans’ Stories: American Latino Heritage.” This series of stories aims to highlight “the breadth of Latino/a experience [as] as vital aspect of America’s rich and diverse past.”
If you are interested in on-campus events taking place this month, Mundos Apartes, Tierras Unidades (M.A.T.U.) is hosting its third annual Latinx Hispanic Heritage Festival in Pettit Atrium on Thursday, October 5th from 7:00pm-10:00pm.
To learn more, here are a few library resources:
- Hispanic Americans: Second Generation (Streaming video)
- Issues of Latino Identity: Yearning to Be… (Streaming video)
- Herencia: the anthology of Hispanic literature of the United States (Print book)
- The Power of Latino Leadership: Culture, Inclusion, and Contribution (eBook)
If you are interested in learning more about the differences between terms you may hear this month, such as Hispanic and Latinx, watch this video from the Huffington Post.