September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American 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.
¡Haykuykamuy! The Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress welcomes you to Interconnecting Worlds: Weaving Community Narratives, Andean Histories & the Library's Collections. In this guide, with resources in English, Spanish and Quechua, we seek to facilitate research about Andean peoples, cultures, and knowledges through the themes of language, storytelling and literature, visual arts, and music.
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Image credit: Children wearing typical dresses for Ecuadorian National Day. 103-14 Roosevelt Ave., Corona Plaza, Queens. Camilo Jose Vergara 2021. Camilo José Vergara's photographs are protected by copyright. Privacy and publicity rights may also apply.
The Smithsonian Latino Center unlocks dynamic U.S. Latino stories that shape our national experience and identity. It empowers a greater understanding and deeper appreciation for the enduring contributions of Latinos to our country. It preserves a growing collection of diverse stories and experiences that reflect Latino presence in our history and culture, and convenes conversations, inclusively, about the stories and connections that continue to inspire generations to come.
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Image credit: Detail of Maíz Flor Serpiente/ Flower Maize Serpent commissioned digital art work by the Indigenous Design Collection, 2015.
National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries. During this month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners, share history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans of past and present.
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We celebrate 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.
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Photo credit: Detail of Hispanic Heritage Select Photos, by David Valdez.
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.
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Image credit: Jose Sol, USAAF, Library of Congress
Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids from the nation's premier cultural heritage preservation institutions.
Nuestra America on Smithsonian Learning Lab
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Image Credit: Nuestra América: 30 Inspiring Latinas/Latinos Who Have Shaped the United States author Sabrina Vourvoulias. Illustrated by Gloria Félix. Smithsonian Institution, 2020.
2022 Event Highlights
Kids & Family Event
Hispanic Heritage Month Family Festival
The National Museum of the American Latino will celebrate the opening of the museum's gallery opening and commemorate 25 years of Latinidad at the Smithsonian. The program will include a Dance Party Friday, Sept. 16, and a Family Day and Concert Saturday, Sept 17.
The Art of Looking: Lola Álvarez Bravo's portrait of Frida Kahlo
Lola Álvarez Bravo's Frida Kahlo is the inspiration for this interactive conversation. Join us and share your observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, and build on your own first impressions to broaden your understanding of this work of art. National Gallery educators will facilitate the conversation and encourage you to engage deeply with art, with others, and with the world around you as you hone skills in visual literacy and perspective-taking.
Concert with Andean and Latin Fusion Band RAYMI
Commemorate the end of summer with a concert by the Andean and Latin fusion band RAYMI (meaning “feast” or “celebration” in Quechua). The group's passion for its Andean roots is reflected in its music, which combines traditional Peruvian instruments, such as zampoñas, mosceños, quenas, and tarkas, with contemporary instruments.
(National Museum of the American Indian—Smithsonian Institution)
Kids & Family Event
Fotos y Recuerdos Festival with Lil' Libros
The National Portrait Gallery is teaming up with renowned children's book publisher Lil' Libros to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! This bilingual event will include story times, book signings, live entertainment and gallery tours.