History of National Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the culture, contributions, and heritage of Hispanic Americans. Now observed annually from September 15 to October 15, this national observance was first established by Public Law 90-498, approved September 17, 1968 by the 90th Congress. Public Law 90-468 authorized the president to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week each year. On August 17, 1988, the 100th Congress enacted Public Law 100-402, which extended the observance from a week to a month.
The months of September and October cover a wide range of independence days for Latin American countries. Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua all celebrate their independence on September 15. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, Chile on September 18, and Belize on September 21. El Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) is observed on October 12.
We’re celebrating all month long with events across our locations—find links in the right hand column, and come join us!
The Chicano Resource Center at East Los Angeles Library was established to serve the needs of the Mexican-American (Chicano) community and to make information about the history and culture of this group available to the general public.
The Resource Center is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with some special events, including a Hispanic genealogy activity, a workshop on Mexican corridos (ballads), an author talk, and a discussion about Southwestern history.
National Hispanic Heritage Month website, brought to you by the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Archives and Records Administration, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Park Service, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Gallery of Art.
US Census – Facts and Features, Hispanic Heritage Month 2017
Hispanic Heritage Month Events
fri05oct4:00 pm5:00 pmHispanic Heritage Month Film Series/Mes de la Herencia Hispana Serie de Películas: Chicano Rock!: The Sounds of East Los Angeles4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Compton LibraryCategories:Film,Hispanic Heritage Month
sat06oct2:00 pm3:30 pmFeaturedHispanic Music and Art Exhibition2:00 pm - 3:30 pm Huntington Park LibraryAudience:Adults,Babies & Toddlers,Children,Family,TeensCategories:~Bilingual,~en Español,Hispanic Heritage Month,Latino Cultural Series
sat06oct3:30 pm4:30 pmFeaturedAmor de Historia Antigua: o la Trémula Luz de los Espejos - Spanish Language Author Talk with Manuel Gayol Mecias3:30 pm - 4:30 pm East Los Angeles LibraryCategories:~en Español,Author Talks,Hispanic Heritage Month
thu11oct6:00 pm8:30 pmFeaturedTurn the Page: works by Eloy Torrez and Juliane Backmann6:00 pm - 8:30 pm East Los Angeles LibraryAudience:Adults,FamilyCategories:Chicano Resource Center,Exhibit,Hispanic Heritage Month,Resource Center
thu11oct6:00 pm8:30 pmTurn the Page: works by Eloy Torrez and Juliane Backmann6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Chicano Resource CenterCategories:Chicano Resource Center,Exhibit,Hispanic Heritage Month,Resource Center
fri12oct4:00 pm5:00 pmHispanic Heritage Month Film Series/Mes de la Herencia Hispana Serie de Películas: A Class Apart: A Mexican American Civil Rights Story4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Compton LibraryCategories:~Bilingual,~en Español,Film,Hispanic Heritage Month
sat13oct2:00 pm3:00 pmFeaturedAuthor talk: Re-Imagining Indigenous Identities by Dr. Bernardo Gallegos2:00 pm - 3:00 pm East Los Angeles LibraryCategories:Chicano Resource Center,Hispanic Heritage Month,History