Exhibit: Hispanic Heritage Month, Mes de la Herencia Hispana
Location: Fletcher Library at the West campus, first floor lobby
Available: September 15th – October 15th during normal library hours.
Description: Fletcher Library celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with a display of books, films and music. Also on display is a poster session created by Professor Ilana Luna’s master’s students on Latin American independence movements.
National Hispanic Heritage month is observed from September 15th to October 15th and is a time when we recognize the contributions made, and the important presence of, Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. During this month we celebrate their heritage and culture.
The observation started in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded to cover a 30 day period in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan.
September 15th is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence day on September 16 and September 18th respectively.
The term Hispanic or Latino, refers to Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin regardless of race. Today nearly 55 million Americans are of Hispanic or Latino origin.