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 starts on September 15 to 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.
Web Sites and Resources Related to Hispanic Heritage Month
- National Hispanic Heritage Month, Library of Congress
- Facts and Figures about Hispanic Population in the U.S. from the U.S. Census
- Minnesota Management & Budget: Hispanic Heritage Month and a list of Hispanic and Latino resources in Minnesota
- Voices From the Latino Community – Arts, Culture and Economy, A Program of the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Chicano Latino Affairs Council which includes "five related video projects that convey the contributions of Minnesota´s Latino community to the arts, culture, and economy of our state."