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Latinx Heritage Month: Latinx Heritage Month

A guide highlighting books, websites, and articles on Latino history and heritage.

Latino Heritage Month

Click here to find out about events happening at Foothill. 

Foothill College Heritage & Health Series

Foothill students, faculty and staff recognize the cultural diversity of the campus community throughout the year with a series of heritage month events celebrating Jewish Heritage, Black History, Women's History, Asian Pacific Islander Heritage, Latino Heritage and LGBTQ Heritage.  

Foothill College celebrates Latinx Heritage Month during the month of October. 

For additional information on Foothill College heritage month celebrations contact the Student Activities Office at (650) 949-7282, visit the Foothill College Heritage and Health Series web page, or drop by the Campus Center Student Activities Office, Room 2009.   

History of National Hispanic Heritage Month

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 a 30-day period.  It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicarague.  In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. 

Information from Library of Congress