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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.
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. More on National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Here are some resources from PBS that help to educate and celebrate hispanic culture.
Our Country's Hispanic Heritage - Grades K-3: Learn important facts relating to Hispanic culture and identify four important Hispanic Americans and their contributions to the United States. Identify the relative location of the U.S. to Spanish-speaking countries like Cuba, Puerto Rico and Mexico.
We are the Music: Mexicans - Grades 3-4:Explore the 700-year history of the Mexican culture in Santa Fe, New Mexico through traditions and celebrations. Discover the diversity and cultural heritage of the Mexican people.
Hispanic Culture in Utah. Ballet Folklorico de las Americas - Grades 4-12 The folk art of -- Ballet Folklorico de las Americas -- is showcased. Contributed by the Utah Arts Council Folk Art Program from their HISPANIC CULTURE IN UTAH archives and the book HECHO IN UTAH, singers, dancers, musicians, boat builders, wood carvers, and ceramists are included in photos, biographies, and audio clips.
In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina:The President and First Lady host a celebration of Latin Music.
Visit the Discovery Education Hispanic Heritage month theme page to visit and learn about Latin cultures across the globe. Login and visit it now.