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.
To Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, the Chicano Resource Center will offer programs on Hispanic Genealogy, a documentary on the rise of the Chicano Movement, a night of poetry by local poets and an author talk by former California State Assembly member Richard Alatorre.
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 2018
Hispanic Heritage Month Events