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Resources by Subject: Hispanic Heritage

Resources, links, and subject pages for research topics and teacher's projects

Hispanic Heritage Nonfiction Books

Hispanic Heritage Fiction Books

National 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 Hispanic Heritage observance began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

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This year's theme - Hispanics: Be Proud of Your Past, Embrace the Future - invites Hispanics to embrace their backgrounds , to be proud of who they are and where they came from.

Hispanic Heritage Month - PBS

Teaching Tips

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month 

with Activities from Learning without Tears

Other Hispanic Heritage Resources

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Archive

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

From PBS: videos, profiles, short films

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Park Service: People, Places, Stories, Collections, Preservation

Hispanic Reading Room

Library of Congress

Latino History

National Museum of American History

Smithsonian Latino Center

Ceramica de los Ancestros

Central America's Past Revealed (Includes educational resources and a color and discover children's packet.)

Celebrating the History behind Cinco de Mayo

From Smithsonian Insider

Taina Caragol: Putting a Focus on Latino Faces at the National Portrait Gallery

From Smithsonian Insider

Discover Hispanic Heritage at these Historic Sites

U.S. Department of the Interior

Hispanic Americans in the U.S. Navy

Lots of interesting information from Naval History and Heritage Command: includes selected biographies and ships named in honor of Hispanic Americans.

Exhibits and Resources to Explore

Many Voices, One Nation

National Museum of American History

Down These Mean Streets

Scroll down for an online exhibit of works from Latino photographers. (From the Smithsonian American Art Museum)

Nicholasa Mohr and New York's Puerto Rican Migration

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Delores Huerta: Images, Videos, and "One Life" Exhibition

Smithsonian Learning Lab

Smithsonian Latino Virtual Museum

Online Exhibits and Digital Collections

Library of Congress: Hispanic Reading Room

Latino Art & Artists


The Art of Power: Royal Armor & Portraits from Imperial Spain

National Portrait Gallery

Spanish Missions

Library of Congress/National Park Service

Onilne Exhibits and Resources

Library of Congress


Serving in the Military

Check Out the Databases

Infobase American History

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