Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage and Spanish Language Series - all in one place!

September 15 - October 15

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15 to promote the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanic-Americans.

Several Latin American independence days are celebrated during this time, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, Mexico and Chile. However, the celebration originated in September 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed an executive order for the creation of Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the observance was extended to a month by President Ronald Reagan. 

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The Incas | Periscope
The Incas | Periscope

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The Incas, a Native American culture living in the Andes, developed wild potatoes into the kind of potato we eat today. The Spanish explorers brought these potatoes back with them to Spain in the...
Christopher Columbus | Periscope
Christopher Columbus | Periscope

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Corn is the descendant of a wild grass called teosinte. Native Americans used special growing techniques to change teosinte into larger ears of corn. In 1492, Christopher Columbus brought corn back to...
Corn or Maize | Periscope
Corn or Maize | Periscope

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Corn, or maize, is an important part of the Hispanic diet. In fact, the corn we eat today was developed by Indians living in Southern Mexico over 7,000 years ago.
Comamos | Periscope
Comamos | Periscope

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Comamos is the Spanish word for "let's eat." And what we eat tells people a lot about who we are. Food is a way of life, and the foods we eat reveal our heritage, where we live, and our beliefs. You...
Celebrating the Culture of Mexico | Periscope
Celebrating the Culture of Mexico | Periscope

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Folk dancing is a source of national pride in Mexico. For Seira, folk dancing represents a part of her Hispanic heritage that she believes her new friends in South Carolina will enjoy and learn from...