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Why we observe this special month.

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Evolution of the Celebration


Hispanic Heritage Week Begins - 1968

On September 17, 1968, President Lyndon Baines Johnson signed the National Hispanic Heritage Week bill (P.L. 90–498) into law.

The Significance of Hispanic Heritage Month

President Ronald Reagan signing the National Hispanic Week Proclamation and announcing that in 1989 the period between September 15 and October 15 will be Hispanic Heritage Month, September 13, 1988. (Courtesy of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, National Archives)

Culturally Speaking: Hispanic Heritage Month

Ideas for libraries to observe Hispanic Heritage Month from the August 1, 2004, edition of Library Media Connection journal.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Since 1989, National Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States from September 15 until October 15. Issued as a presidential proclamation each year, this period of time includes such important Hispanic anniversaries as:

In 1991, the spirit of political correctness affected Berkeley, California, as Columbus Day was cancelled in favor of Indigenous Peoples Day.

Hispanic Heritage Month

What is Hispanic Heritage Month?

Hispanic Heritage Month - 

Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration of the history and culture of the U.S. Latinx and Hispanic communities. The event, which spans from September 15 to October 15, commemorates how those communities have influenced and contributed to American society at large.


Hispanic History Milestones Timeline - 

The American Hispanic/Latinx history is a rich, diverse and long one, with immigrants, refugees and Spanish-speaking or indigenous people living in the United States since long before the nation was established. From early Spanish colonialism to civil and worker rights laws to famous firsts to recent Supreme Court decisions on immigration, here’s a timeline of notable events in U.S. Hispanic and Latinx history.


National Hispanic Heritage Month Proclamation - By President Barack Obama in 2009


 Hispanic Heritage Month 2016 Census Facts - 

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon BJohnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. In 1989, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.


What is Hispanic Heritage Month? - While you never have to wait for an annual event to take pride in your ethnic background, National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for Americans with roots in the countries involved (or in Puerto Rico's case, the territory involved), to honor their respective cultures and the history behind them. In 2020, it kicks off on Tuesday, September 15, and ends on October 15. (A video accompanies this article)


Films On Demand: - "Americano as Apple Pie: The Latino Experience in America"