Initially celebrated as Hispanic Heritage week in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson, it was expanded to a month by President Ronald Reagan. The start date of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. With Mexico, Belize and Chile celebrating their independence September 16.
Here is a small sample of events that are happening at the library during Hispanic Heritage month to celebrate the rich heritage and cultural impact that Latino Americans have had on the nation and society.
- Enjoy the sounds of Latin America through music by Mariachi Viva Mexico.
- Take an interactive trip through Latin American history and its oral tradition in Journey through Latin America.
- Learn about Mexico’s Aztec Eagles, who fought alongside the United States against the axis powers during WWII.
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