Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

Thursday is the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month, another example of how libraries promote diversity in their communities.

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by 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. It was enacted into law on Aug. 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The significance of Sept. 15 lay in the fact that 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 Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is Oct. 12, falls within this 30 day period.

This year's theme is "Many Backgrounds, Many Stories…One American Spirit.”

As part of the celebration, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum are joining in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

The following collections are available online:

Art & Architecture

The Era of Exploration

Culture and Ethnography


Government, Politics & Law

Poetry & Literature



Resource Guides and Collection Overviews from the Library of Congress

Guides from the National Archives

Guides from the National Gallery of Art



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