Hispanic Heritage

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month With Flags BackgroundHispanic Heritage Month takes place September 15 to October 15 every year as a time to recognize and celebrate the many contributions, diverse cultures, and extensive histories of the American Latino community. Beginning in 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month was originally observed as “Hispanic Heritage Week” under President Lyndon Johnson, but it was later extended to a month during President Ronald Reagan’s term in 1988. Since then, the month has been celebrated nationwide through festivals, art shows, conferences, community gatherings, and much more. The month also celebrates the independence days of several Latin American countries.

     

     

    A PROCLAMATION ON NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH 2021

    Click here for a proclamation on National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021 from President Joseph R. Biden, Jr.

     

    U.S. DEPT OF EDUCATION- WORDS FROM SECRETARY DR. MIGUEL CARDONA Dr. Miguel Cardona-Secretary of Education

    Latino educators, scientists, artists, and other professionals help make our communities more resilient & equitable. As we celebrate the start of #HispanicHeritageMonth today, Secretary Cardona emphasizes that Latino voices, dreams & successes matter now more than ever.

     

     

    LEARNING FOR JUSTICE-CELEBRATING NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

    National Hispanic Heritage Month is September 15 through October 15. And while we’re grateful for teachers who respect and uplift the identities of all of their students year-round, we also appreciate heritage months that offer a special opportunity to celebrate—and center—marginalized identities. To kick off the celebration in your classroom or school, here are a few of our favorite resources for honoring, learning and teaching about Hispanic heritage.

     

    EVENTS IN PITTSBURGH TO CELEBRATE LATINX HERITAGE MONTH

    Latinx Heritage Month is upon us, and Pittsburgh has many events for you to celebrate — complete with food, music, dancing and more. Pitt also has its own sanctioned events — continuing up until Oct. 15 when the heritage month ends. But you don’t have to limit yourself to activities at the University to celebrate. There are events Downtown, themed food festivals and events honoring Pittsburgh Latinx icons such as Roberto Clemente.

     

    Tropical Forest Cuba Festival - Phipps Conservatory and Botanical GardenPHIPPS CONSERVATORY - TROPICAL FOREST FESTIVAL: CUBA

    Visit Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden and experience the natural beauty and culture of Cuba, one of the most biodiverse Caribbean islands on Earth, in their immersive New Tropical Forest Exhibit.

     

     

    SMITHSONIAN-HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH EVENTSCollage of people of diverse cultures

    Join online for vibrant performances, lectures, and family activities that celebrate our nation's rich cultural heritage to help us understand our shared history.

     

     

      

    Book Covers by Hispanic AuthorsHISPANIC AMERICAN AUTHORS ROUNDUP

    Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with rich histories, unique cultures and historic contributions of people from Spanish-speaking areas around the globe. One great way to commemorate is to cultivate your understanding of diverse perspectives — especially by reading books from celebrated Hispanic American authors.

     

     

    PEW RESEARCH CENTER- KEY FACTS ABOUT U.S. LATINOS FOR NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

    Here are some key facts about the nation’s Latino population by geography and characteristics like language use and origin groups.

     

    NATIONAL ARCHIVES HISPANIC HERITAGEColorful mural showing different Hispanic people

    National Archives News celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. Discover documents, exhibits, films, blog posts and more from the National Archives and Presidential Libraries that highlight Hispanic culture.

      

     

    NATIONAL HISPANIC CULTURAL CENTER Pic of Water Fountain at National Hispanic Cultural Center

    The National Hispanic Cultural Center is dedicated to the preservation, promotion and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts and humanities. It offers the Hispanic, Chicano and Latinx artist a place to present their work and bring it to the national stage. The NHCC is committed to making a cultural home for the diverse identities that shape the community. NHCC Learning provides a range of lesson plans and activities across the disciplines found at the NHCC—language arts, performing arts, visual arts and social studies—to inspire cultural curiosity for all ages.

     

    HISPANIC HERITAGE FOUNDATION

    Established by the White House in 1987, the Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) is an award-winning nonprofit that identifies, inspires, prepares and positions Latino leaders in the classroom, community and workforce to meet America’s priorities.  

     

    HISPANIC HERITAGE AND INVENTIONSBorn in Guadalajara, México, Guillermo González Camarena was granted U.S. Patent 2,296,019 for a "Chromoscopic adapter

    In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month, the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office is recognizing some Hispanic Americans whose inventions contributed to the nation's social and economic well-being.