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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month is a time for us to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States. It begins each year on September 15, the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, and Chile its independence on September 18. According to the 2010 Census, 50.5 million people or 16% of the population are of Hispanic or Latino origin. Hispanic and Latino Americans have had a long presence in North America from Florida to California, and their influence on American culture has been continuous from before the Revolutionary War. The Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the U.S. National Archives and other organizations have compiled an impressive set of digital collections in celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, showcasing art, history, literature, political contributions, and more. PBS will be broadcasting its documentary series The Latino Americans, along with many live performances, interviews, and profiles of Hispanic people in the US. Here in the Library we have books, DVDs, and streaming videos on a wide range of topics including Hispanic American identity, books by and about Hispanic American authors, and the history of Hispanic people in America.