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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Seira Came from Veracruz, Mexico | Periscope
Seira Came from Veracruz, Mexico | Periscope

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Seira moved to South Carolina from the state of Veracruz, Mexico. In Veracruz, she developed an interest in music and art at a very young age. Her parents encouraged her to take piano and art lessons...
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope

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Seira has made many new friends and has adjusted well to her new home in South Carolina, but she misses the people and culture of Mexico. She introduces her new friends to her Hispanic heritage by...
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope
Seira: Folk Dancer | Periscope

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Seira and her family moved to South Carolina from Mexico four years ago. She left behind many friends and family members. At 13 years old, she realized that it would be a challenge to adjust to her...
Hispanic Customs & Traditions | Periscope
Hispanic Customs & Traditions | Periscope

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A person does not have to be born in Latin America or Spain to be considered Hispanic. Hispanic customs and traditions, such as language, music and dress, can be passed down from one generation to...
Where do Hispanics Come From? | Periscope
Where do Hispanics Come From? | Periscope

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Other Hispanic Americans are descended from Spain or Spanish-speaking Latin American countries. Latin America includes all countries in the Western Hemisphere that are south of the United States. This...
Who Is Hispanic? | Periscope
Who Is Hispanic? | Periscope

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The term Hispanic was created by the United States government. Hispanic is used to describe people living in the United States who are descended from a Spanish-speaking country or culture. People from...
Hispanic Countries & Flags | Periscope
Hispanic Countries & Flags | Periscope

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Although all Hispanic Americans share the Spanish language, they come from different cultural backgrounds. Some trace their ancestors to the Native Americans. Other Hispanic Americans might trace...