FSU Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15th marks the beginning of a month-long celebration of Hispanic Heritage in the United States (September 15th – October 15th). This day was chosen as it marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. This 30-day celebration of history and cultural contributions also includes the Mexican Independence Day, September 16th, and Chile’s Independence Day on September 18th. The celebration of Hispanic heritage in the United State began in 1968 with a single week, expanding in 1988 to a month-long observance. National Hispanic American Heritage Month is opportunity for our country to reflect on the legacy of Hispanic Americans—from pre-colonialization to present day—and their significant, and inseparable, contributions woven into the fabric of American culture and identity. There are many virtual opportunities to engage in National Hispanic American Heritage Month education and celebration:

National Hispanic Heritage Month: Provides an extensive list of exhibits, collections, events and instructional materials for teachers of K-12 children. You may visit them here: https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/

The National Endowment for the Humanities: Commemorates National Hispanic Heritage Month with an exhaustive collection of lesson plans, teacher’s guides, media resources, and curated readings through their site “Hispanic Heritage and History in the United States”: https://edsitement.neh.gov/teachers-guides/hispanic-heritage-and-history-united-states

The Smithsonian Institution: The Smithsonian is hosting a month-long virtual series on important figures in Hispanic American history. The series includes Hispanic American creators in art, literature, music and activism. You can view the full lineup of virtual events here: https://www.si.edu/events/heritagemonth