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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

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Hispanic Heritage

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.

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Hispanic Heritage Month Events

Son Jarocho Musical History (in Spanish)
October 15, 6:30 pm on Webex
Through music, poetry and discussion, curator Silviha Villegas and musician Arturo Martinez lead us on a Spanish language exploration of Son Jorocho.  The traditional music and dance of Veracruz Mexico, Son Jorocho with its Spanish, African and indigenous roots, wonderfully expresses the culture and tradition of the region. Register Here.

A través de la música, la poesía y la discusión, la curadora Silvia Villegas y el musico Arturo Martinez nos llevan a una exploracion en espanol de el Son Jarocho.  La musica y el baile tradicional de Veracruz Mexico, Son Jarocho con sus raices Espanolas, Africanas e Indigenas, expresa  maravillosamente la cultura y tradicion de la region. Registrarse aquí.

Artist Talk: Margaret Garcia
October 17, on YouTube
Chicana artist Margaret Garcia sat down with curator Dulce Stein to discuss her life, painting, and hope for the future. Garcia has been recognized as one of Los Angeles’ most influential artists. Her artwork has been included in many exhibitions and she has created public art throughout the Los Angeles area, including work for the 1984 Olympics and Metro Rail’s Universal City station. 


Activity Ideas

All About Frida
Learn about Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist and feminist icon, best known for her portraits, self-portraits, and her nature-inspired pieces, and one of the most famous and beloved artists of the world. Then create your own artistic masterpiece in the style of Frida Kahlo!

Explore Mariachi
Come celebrate the beauty of Mariachi music, and learn of its importance in the Mexican community, with this collection of resources to help you explore the heart and soul of this cherished art form!

Papel Picado 
Make your own Papel Picado, a traditional Mexican craft generally displayed for celebrations and holidays!

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Digital Resources

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Additional Information

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.

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 2020