National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed every year from September 15 to October 15, celebrating 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, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
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. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
Below are links to different websites that contain the history, current facts, and details for events taking place throughout the month. Please support these events and celebrate our National Hispanic Heritage.
- National Hispanic Heritage Month Website – Hosted by the Library of Congress
- Census Bureau: Hispanic Heritage Month 2020
- National Archives: Hispanic Heritage Month
- Pew Research Center: Key facts about U.S. Latinos for National Hispanic Heritage Month
- The Library of Congress, Veterans History Project: Hispanic Americans Service to the Nation
Also checkout our events calendar and our social media where we share different networking and professional development opportunities.
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