Welcome to our Latinx Heritage Month 2021 Online Exhibit!
This online exhibit presents a focus on Latin Music, along with a selection of recent Latinx books on other topics. Streaming videos related to Latin music are also included; videos come from one of the library's streaming video platforms, as well as Netflix and YouTube.
Inside the Parks Library lobby and Fireplace Reading Room you'll find these and other Latinx books on exhibit. Enjoy browsing the books and resources both in the Library and on this online guide!
US Postal Service commemorative stamps honoring “Latin Music Legends” were released March 16, 2011, Release No. 11-024. Licensed under CC BY.
About LHM: The observation of Latinx Heritage Month began in 1968 under President Lyndon Johnson. The initial observation was for one week only, which was then called Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan extended the observation to last 30 days, signing into law the period from September 15 through October 15 to be known as Hispanic Heritage Month. The intent of the Heritage Month is to recognize and celebrate the many contributions of Latinx to the United States.
Why does the celebration straddle two months? The original legislation that founded Hispanic Heritage Week targeted the week that included September 15 and 16, as these two dates are the anniversaries of independence from Spain for five Central American countries (Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, all on September 15) and for Mexico's independence from Spain on September 16.
This exhibit created by Katie Wampole, Hema Thulsidhos, Erin Ridnour, and Susan Vega García of the ISU Library's DEI Committee.