Hidden History

Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.  

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded to a full month by Ronald Reagan in 1988.

September 15th marks the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18 respectively.  Also, Columbus Day falls within this 30 day period on October 12.