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September-October: Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to Hispanic and Latino Americans for their contributions to the United States and to celebrate the culture and history of these groups.

In 1988 the U.S. Congress passed a resolution that calls "on the people of the United States, especially the educational community, to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month with appropriate ceremonies and activities."

Hispanic Heritage month mark the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Initially, the recognition of Hispanic Americans by the U.S. Congress and President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 was designated to one week, but was later expanded to 31 days by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. The time period also covers the dates of independence for Mexico (September 16), Chile (September 18) and Belize (September 21), and for celebrating Columbus Day in October.

Hispanic Heritage Month Events 2016

Fiesta Latina: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

When: Saturday, September 10, 11AM - 4:30 PM

Where: CLUES Saint Paul, 797 East 7th St., Saint Paul, MN 

This day-long festival kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month and celebrates Latino culture and diversity in our community. Enjoy live music, arts activities, soccer matches, live performaces and delicious latin cuisine.

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Gala Latina: Celebrating Latino Leadership and Culture

When: Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Where: Minneapolis Hilton Hotel, 1001 S. Marquette Ave.

CLUES’ Gala Latina celebrates the organization's 35 years of service and the impact of Latino leadership and culture in Minnesota.  500-600 elected officials, Latino leaders, corporate, government, business, and community partners will come together to recognize and award community leaders in Minnesota who have impacted and contributed to the advancement of Latinos in Education, Public Service, Advocacy, and Innovative Latino Community Development.

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Web Sites and Resources Related to Hispanic Heritage Month

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