Sunday, September 27, 2015

National Hispanic Heritage Month - Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Spanish explorerSeptember 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Hispanic Heritage Month, with roots going back to 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
The commemoration was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402. September 15 is significant because it is Independence Day (1821) for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The month includes Mexico's Independence Day, Diez y Seis de Septiembre, September 16, Chile's, September 18, and Día de la Raza on October 12.
The 2015 theme for National Hispanic Heritage Month chosen by National Hispanic Heritage Month is Honoring Our Heritage. Building Our Future, while the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) announced its 2015 theme as Powering Growth and Influence - Promoviendo El Crecimiento y La Influencia.


U.S. Census Bureau. Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2015 provides statistical information and a poster.

The Library of Congress launched an online selection of recordings from its Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape, a series of audio recordings of renowned poets and prose writers from the Iberian Peninsula, Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States reading from their work in their native languages. Fifty recordings are currently available.

San Antonio's Hispanic Heritage Center of Texas (HHCTX) advocates for the Hispanic legacy by ensuring the stories of Texas’ first pioneers, in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, are chronicled in Texas history.

Hispanic Texans: Journey from Empire to Democracy is a 51-page PDF guide from the Texas Historical Commission for heritage travelers. It features sites in ten heritage trail regions of the state. The guide can be downloaded to a smartphone for use on trips.

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation (HHF) will hold its 28th Annual Hispanic Heritage Awards program on September 17, 2015 in Washington, D.C. The Hispanic Heritage Awards were established in 1987 by the White House and "are considered the highest honor for Latinos by Latinos."

11 facts for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Krogstad, J.M. (2014, September 16). Pew Research Center. This site provides a current snapshot of the Hispanic/Latino population.

¡Del Corazon! Latino Voices in American Art. Smithsonian American Art Museum
Photographs, videos, and other resources are collected here to introduce Latino artists and their works.

Related Library Holdings

Stavans, Ilan, and Jorge J. E. Gracia. Thirteen Ways of Looking at Latino Art.
N6502.5 .S73 2014 SAC - South Austin Campus Library

Ramos, E. Carmen. Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art.
N6538.H58 S65 2014 HLC and SAC

Hispanic Americans in Congress
"This Web site, based on the book Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822–2012, contains biographical profiles of former Hispanic Members of Congress, links to information about current Hispanic Members, essays on the institutional and national events that shaped successive generations of Hispanic Members of Congress, and images of each individual Member, including rare photos."

This PBS video “is the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape North America over the last 500-plus years and have become, with more than 50 million people, the largest minority group in the U.S.” The program aired September 17, 2013 on PBS. Full episodes (about 55 minutes each) can be viewed online. See related PBS programming for Hispanic Heritage Month.



Baugh, Scott L. Latino American Cinema: An Encyclopedia of Movies, Stars, Concepts, and Trends.
PN1995.9.L37 B38 2012 SAC - South Austin Campus Library

Candelaria, Cordelia Chávez, ed. Encyclopedia of Latino Popular Culture.
E184.S75 E59 2004 Cypress Creek, Elgin, Eastview, Hays, Northridge, Riverside, and South Austin campus libraries

Herrera-Sobek, María, ed. Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions.
E184.S75 C455 2012 Elgin, Highland, Hays, and South Austin campus libraries
E184.S75 C455 2012 ebk Gale Virtual Reference Library

Leonard, David J. and Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, eds. Latino History and Culture: An Encyclopedia. E184.S75 L3622 2010 Cypress Creek, Elgin, Hays, Pinnacle, Rio Grande, Round Rock, and Riverside campus libraries
Montilla, Patricia M., ed. Latinos and American Popular Culture.
E184.S75 L3674 2013 HLC - Highland Campus Library

Oboler, Suzanne and Deena J. González, eds. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States.
E184.S75 O97 2005 Northridge, Rio Grande, Round Rock, and South Austin campus libraries.
E184.S75 O97 2005 ebk Oxford Reference Online

Ruiz, Vicki L. and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds. Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia.
E184.S75 L35 2006 South Austin Campus Library

Stavans, Ilan, ed. Encyclopedia Latina: History, Culture, and Society in the United States.
E184.S75 E587 2005 Eastview, Northridge, Round Rock, Riverside, and South Austin campus libraries.

Tatum, Charles M., ed. Encyclopedia of Latino Culture: From Calaveras to Quinceaneras.
E184.S75 E588 2013 RVS and SAC
E184.S75 E588 2014 ebk Gale Virtual Reference Library


Kanellos, Nicolas, ed. The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Latino Literature.
PS153.H56 G74 2008 Elgin and Round Rock campus libraries

Ramirez, Luz Elena. Encyclopedia of Hispanic American Literature.
PS153.H56 R36 2008 Elgin and Round Rock campus libraries

Stavans, Ilan, ed. The Norton Anthology of Latino literature. PS508.H57 N65 2011 HLC - Highland Campus Library

Latin Music U.S.A. Films On Demand. Films Media Group, 2009.

"Latin music today has deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize, owing to fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, and rhythm & blues. This four-part documentary invites viewers into the vibrant musical conversation between the Latinos and non-Latinos that
have helped shape the history of the United States. It’s a fresh take on the origins of one of America’s most popular music genres, told by an extraordinary range of artists, including Marc Anthony, Carlos Santana, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Ricky Martin, Linda Ronstadt, and more. The program reaches across five decades to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. Narrated by acclaimed actor Jimmy Smits. Distributed by PBS Distribution." Each part is about 60 minutes in length.