Hispanic Heritage Month: Getting Started

Created to share library and web resources for Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month in 2023.


Hispanic Heritage Month

This guide highlights the Hispanic American-related resources in the Columbus State Library collection and also includes additional web resources for exploration during Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond!

About 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 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.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period."

From About National Hispanic Heritage Month

Video on Hispanic Heritage Month Origins and Celebration

The Awesome Story Behind National Hispanic Heritage Month by Salud America

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Columbus

Columbus State Community College Library Display

Check out the Columbus State Library's display of resources related to Hispanic Heritage Month from our collection on the first floor and in the library on the Delaware Campus!

Columbus Latino Heritage Month Committee Events

This committee was created by Columbus Council Member Lourdes Barroso de Padilla in 2022 to promote visibility, cultural awareness and togetherness.  Find more information about the committee and their schedule of events here!


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