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September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.
Department of the Interior's American Latino Heritage Initiative
Numerous projects are being undertaken to increase the opportunities for historic places associated with American Latino history to be documented, preserved, and interpreted and for the public to better understand and appreciate the role of American Latinos in the development of the United States.
Latino Americans PBS Documentary
Latino Americans 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. Produced with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Spanish Immigrant Transforms America's Urban Architecture
Although his building techniques were based on fourteenth-century methods he learned from master builders in Spain, Rafael Guastavino was the first to bring the engineering process to the United States when he immigrated in 1881. His patented tiling system enabled the construction of self-supporting arches that were simultaneously lightweight but strong, fireproof, and attractive.
Hispanic American Veterans
Asked to serve their country in time of war, Hispanic Americans displayed courage and valor in the face of adversity. Familiar with discrimination back home, many saw their service as affirming the ideals of democracy. In this presentation, the Veterans History Project recounts their inspirational stories.
2013 Event Highlights
Los Texmaniacs: Traditional Conjunto Dance music from Texas
(Library of Congress)
Family Day: Structure of Salsa Music
An exploration and demonstration of salsa music and dance. The Eileen Torres Dancers and Orquesta La Leyenda perform.
(American Art Museum, Smithsonian Institution)
September 21 & October 5
Family Day: Hispanics in Science and Aerospace
Hear about Latin Americans’ contributions to aviation and space exploration and take part in bilingual story times and hands-on activities.
(Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center, Smithsonian Institution)
September 22, 27 & October 3
Marta Horgan discusses “No. 9, Nature Morte Espagnole,” by Diego Rivera (en Español)
(National Gallery of Art)