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Latinx y Latin American Studies: Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month 2023

A guide for research in Latinx and Latin American Studies.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Welcome! National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15th through October 15th. During this month, we celebrate the culture, history, and achievements of Hispanic Americans. Many significant holidays and anniversaries fall within the period of Hispanic Heritage Month. The opening day of National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15th, is the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The following day, September 16th, is Mexico’s Independence Day, and September 18th celebrates Chilean independence. October 12th marks Columbus Day, or Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In many Spanish-speaking countries, October 12th is celebrated as Día de la Raza, a day set aside to honor and celebrate Indigenous peoples and cultures and their resistance against colonialism.  

This page offers resources to help celebrate Hispanic heritage month by learning more about Hispanic individuals, their culture, their contributions, and their perspectives.     

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources
"The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society."

Hispanic Heritage Month (NPS)
This webpage curated by the National Parks Service celebrates Hispanic heritage and the Hispanic and Latino Americans who have shaped the National Parks Service. It offers resources to learn more about Hispanic history, culture, and experience.

Hispanic Heritage Month (SI)
"We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 through October 15 with Smithsonian events, resources, exhibitions, and podcasts." This page offers educational resources on Hispanic heritage curated by the Smithsonian Institution.  

!Presente! logo A Latino History of the United States
"Reexamine what you know about U.S. history by learning more about Latino identity, immigration, historical legacies, and how Latinas and Latinos have shaped the nation. Listen to first-person oral histories, examine 3D objects, dive into historical biographies, and explore some of the objects found in the exhibition to see how the past relates to the present."

American Latino Heritage Theme Study
This theme study published by the National Park System Advisory Board brings together scholarship on Latino art, business, history, education, food and more.

Selected Filmography

Hispanic Voices

Artemio Posadas: Mexican Music & Dance from California

In this performance of Mexican music and dance, Artemio Posadas is accompanied by Russell Rodriguez, Dolores Garcia and Mary Ann Zahorsky.

Peruvian Marinera Dance with Marinera Viva

Marinera Viva showcases a different way of living, feeling and dancing the marinera -- often called the national dance of Peru. The show displays every element of the dance, from the skirts and ponchos, to the intricate steps and overall romance. Julie Freundt and other well-known virtuoso musicians will share the stage with national champion dancers of the marinera norteña and marinera limeña styles.

Speaker Biography: Julie Freundt is a singer and diva of Peruvian criollo music.

For transcript, captions, and more information, visit

Selected work on Hispanic Art and Artists

Selected Readings from Our Collection