Posted by: Kirsten | Sunday, 23 September 2007

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage In The National Parks (from the NPS website)
San Antonio Missions National Historic Site (Foto by Jon Merryman)
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th with celebrations of the history, culture and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The theme of this year’s commemoration is “Making A Positive Impact On American Society” and events centered on this theme are being held around the country.

A celebratory event took place yesterday at the Department of Interior in Washington, DC. The keynote address at the commemoration was given by Soraya Correa, director of the Office of Procurement Operations for the Department of Homeland Security. David Vela, superintendent of George Washington Memorial Parkway, served as master of ceremonies. Participants included student representatives from the District of Columbia Bell Multicultural Senior High School, and music was provided by the Latin Jazz Orchestra, Orquesta La Leyenda. Director Bomar spoke, and Ernest Quintana, regional director for Midwest Region, offered closing remarks.

“America’s cultural diversity is a strength that should be highly valued and respected,” said Bomar in her invitation to this event. “Our observances should be used to understand, appreciate, and acknowledge the ingenuity, creativity, cultural and political experiences of Hispanic Americans and their contributions to this nation.

”The National Park Service has numerous parks, trails and other sites with Hispanic links. They include, among others, Cabrillo NM, Castillo de San Marcos NM, El Morro NM, De Soto NM, Chamizal NM, and Tumacacori NHP.  Links to these and other related sites can be found at the National Register of Historic Places website: http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/feature/hispanic/.

Other Hispanic heritage web pages include these informative sites:

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Responses

  1. I think that the ability to celebrate ones heritage, ethnicity and culture is vital to fully understanding ones heritage and identity. http://www.EthnicEvents.com, a comprehensive database of events across over 30 ethinicites, including Hispanic, is a great source for finding cultural events in America. Your readers should visit the site to upload and search through the vast database of events, its really thrilling to see how many ethnicities live side by side in the U.S.

    Hope this helps.

    Luba


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