Monday, September 15, 2014

National Hispanic Heritage Month

The Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus of TWU is joining a month-long celebration honoring the history and achievements of Americans of Hispanic heritage.
"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.
Sonya Sotomayor, Associate Justice 
of the Supreme Court of the United 
States, from the White House Flickr 
site.  Photograph by Stacey Ilyse 
Photography.  May 22, 2009.
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."  From the National Hispanic Heritage Month website, a collaborative project of the Library of Congress; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the National Gallery of Art; the National Park Service; the Smithsonian Institution; the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration.  

A display on the first floor of the Blagg-Huey Library, across from the elevators, includes a portion of the Hispanic cookbooks, children's and other books--in English and Spanish--in the library's collections.  Included is A Kid's Guide to Latino History by Valerie Petrillo (right); The Border Cookbook: Authentic Home Cooking of the American Southwest and Northern Mexico by Cheryl Alters Jamison and Bill Jamison; and many more. 


~Sandy Cochran

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