This week starts the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15) and the Smithsonian is celebrating with a series of vibrant performances, lectures, exhibitions, family activities and tours at various museums around the Institution. September 15th is siginificant because it marks the anniversary of independence for the Latin American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatamala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Also, Mexico and Chile celebrate their indepdence days on September 16 and 18, respectively.
The Smithsonian Collections Search Center has highlighted some sets of collections at the Smithsonian that document Latino and Mexican histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.
- Hispanic Heritage Month, Smithsonian Institution
- Hispanic Heritage Month, Library of Congress
- 150 Years of Smithsonian Research in Latin America, online exhibition, Smithsonian Institution Archives
- Smithsonian Latino Center records, Smithsonian Institution Archives