Hispanic Heritage Month

September 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated in the United States from September 15-October 15. Five Latin American countries achieved independence on September 15, including: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18. Hispanic Heritage Week was proclaimed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 to encompass these days, which evolved into a month in 1989 under the presidency of Ronald Reagan. This month celebrates the cultures, contributions, and traditions of the Hispanic population in the United States. For more information on this month, and for images, audio, video, and digital exhibits, please visit:  http://hispanicheritagemonth.gov.

Morton College Library has a number of resources to meet your research needs in this area. The library continually makes it a priority to collect books, DVDs, and journals on the Hispanic and Latino experience in the arts, literature, education, politics, the sciences, immigration, and much more. The library also collects Spanish-language materials. Please stop into the library to see a small sample of these materials on display next to the entrance. For example, specific journals, magazines, and newspapers available at Morton College Library in this topic area include: The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education; People en Español; Latina Style; Latino Leaders; and La Raza. Statistical facts about the Hispanic population in the United States can be found through the Census Bureau: http://www.census.gov/newsroom/releases/archives/facts_for_features_special_editions/cb13-ff19.html.

Please visit the library when you are enjoying all of the Hispanic Heritage Month events at Morton College! Library hours for the Fall 2013 semester are Monday-Thursday, 8am-9pm; Friday, 8am-6pm; Saturday, 9am-4pm; and Sunday, 1pm-5pm.


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