Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America. Join the BMCC Library in celebrating National Histpanic Heritage Month. Observed from September 15 to October 15, this celebration recognizes the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Click here to read more.
The recognition we now know as National Hispanic Heritage Month "started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988". (From www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/)
Come into the library and check out our display honoring these Americans, then link up to more great resources online. This year the theme of the celebration focuses on four areas:
- Heritage, like the stories collected at StoryCorps Historias
- Diversity, such as recognizing the many hispanic cultures represented at the Smithsonian Museum Latino Center
- Integrity and Honor as seen when remembering hispanic veterans at Experiencing War: Hispanics in Service from the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project
Check out the sites above, or link to even more information at with these web sources:
- American Mosaic: The Latin American Experience. This awesome database lets you search thousands of articles focusing on Latino/a contributions, concerns, and history.
- The National Hispanic Heritage Month website, bringing together a host of information and links in one easy-to-find location.
- Bet you didn't know these Famous Firsts by Hispanic Americans (from Infoplease.com)
- See some census information on hispanic americans at American Factfinder
Tell us how you celebrate hispanic heritage! Post up a comment and share the heritage, diversity, integrity, honor, and hope of National Hispanic Heritage Month.