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National Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month 2012 homepage

Hispanic Heritage Month is dedicated to celebrating the history, culture, and contributions of Hispanics in the United States. The term Hispanic refers to people from Spain, Mexico, and the Spanish speaking nations of the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Hispanic Heritage Month began as Hispanic Heritage week under President Lyndon B. Johnson and was expanded to a full month under President Reagan in 1988. It begins on September 15 and runs until October 15.

The September 15th beginning of Hispanic Heritage month marks the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries - Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Independence in Mexico, Chile, and Belize, as well as Columbus Day are also celebrated during this month-long festivities.

Hispanics are the largest ethnic minority in the United Sates with over 46 million people identifying themselves as Hispanic in the latest Census poll. People of Hispanic or Latino heritage have lived continuously in the United States since the Spanish founded St. Augustine, Florida in 1565. Since that time, the United States has been influenced by successful Hispanic painters, musicians, scientists, activists, and actors, to name a few. Even many U.S. place names are derived from the Spanish language - Los Angeles, San Antonio, Santa Fe etc.

NHHM Events Coordinator Contact: For more information contact Latino Programs Office (812)-349-3860,

On-Air NHHM Event Promoter in Hola Bloomington: For more information contact Latino Programs Office. (812)-349-3860,

NHHM Volunteer Opportunities for Latino Programs

Fiesta del Otoño Fall Cultural Festival!

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2015 Fiesta del Otoño flier

Take a trip through Latin America - right here in Bloomington!

Please join us in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at the 10th Annual Event Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Bloomington Farmers' Market. Local Latino artists and community members from many different Latin American and Caribbean countries will showcase their traditions and talents through food, dance, music, activities for the kids, and more. Bring the whole family!

For more information, contact the Latino Programs Office at (812) 349-3860 or

Free and open to the public.

Brought to you by the City of Bloomington Community and Family Resources Department, IU Health Bloomington Positive Link, IU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and La Casa.