Every year since 1968, Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States. The following is a list of links to help you learn more about this event, and also more about Latinos/Hispanics in general. Sites that also have (at least some) text in Spanish say *en español* at the end of the description.
Cada año desde 1968 se ha celebrado el Mes de la Herencia Hispana en los Estados Unidos. Lo siguiente es una lista de sitios que le ayudará conocer este evento y aprender más sobre los latinos en general. Los sitios que tienen por lo menos un poco del texto en español dicen *en español* al fin de la descripción.
Hispanic Heritage Month
National Hispanic Heritage Month
Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this site gives a brief overview of National Hispanic Heritage Month. Also provides links to exhibits and collections, images, multimedia files and websites related to Hispanic/Latino history and culture.
Library Hispanic Heritage Month
A local resource for information about this event and Hispanics/Latinos in general. Lists titles and databases available through the Springfield Library, in addition to many relevant websites.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Sponsored by Smithsonian Education, gives information about how Hispanic Heritage Month will be celebrated at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC. Also links users to the Smithsonian's numerous online exhibits about Latino culture, including Teaching Resources.
Infoplease Hispanic Heritage Month
An assortment of links about Hispanic culture and history including "Famous Firsts," Spanish language, holidays, statistics, contributions to literature and fun links to games.
Park Service "Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month"
This site highlights national parks and other places in the United States that relate to Hispanic American Heritage and that have been placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also provides teaching resources, travel itineraries to many of these destinations, and other interesting links. *en español*
"Celebrate Hispanic Heritage" for Teachers
An online activity site that can be used by teachers of grades K-8. Includes Teacher's Guide and "Research Starters."
Hispanic Heritage Month Web Resources
This guide, hosted by the Montgomery County Public Libraries, provides an extensive list to websites dedicated to Hispanic culture, history, literature, art, music, primary source materials and more.
National Hispanic Heritage Month - EDSITEment
Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, this site offers links to various resources including websites, images, maps, music, film, teaching resources and more related to Hispanic heritage, history and culture. *en español*
ˇSí Se Puede! Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight on César Chávez & the UFW
This online resource provides links to essays, videos, images, primary source materials and more dedicated to Hispanic Heritage Month as well as César Chávez and the United Farm Workers (UFW). Hosted by publisher ABC-CLIO.
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Biography in Context
Provides contextual information on the world's most influential people. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text. (Hint: Click the "View More" link next to the "Hispanic Americans" category to browse a list of famous Hispanic Americans.)
Naxos Music Library
Provides access to more than 616,000 tracks and more than 43,00 CDs with over 2,500 composers represented. Naxos has valid licenses with all international public-performance societies allowing Naxos to stream in-copyright musical works. Genres covered include: Classical Music; Contemporary Jazz; Jazz / Folk / Blues Legends; Nostalgia; World / Folk Music; New Age; and Chinese Music. Internet Explorer 6.0 or Netscape 7.1 required. Search for a particular artist, or browse by clicking "genre", then "world music". (Hint: Click the "L" link in the alphabetical list to find "Latin America".)
Resources about Hispanics/Latinos
Facts for Features: Hispanic Heritage Month 2012
An overview of the most up-to-date U.S. Census information and data available regarding the Hispanic/Latino population.
Ad Age's 2012 Fact Pack
This article gives an overview of the information provided in Ad Age's 2012 Fact Pack, which covers information and data related to Hispanic marketing and media. The entire Fact Pack is available to download for a fee.
Library of Congress Hispanic Reading Room
Great place to begin an Hispanic/Latino-related research project. The Library of Congress holds several million items about Spain, Portugal and Latin American nations, which it has been collecting for almost 200 years. Also claims to have the largest Hispanic newpaper collection in the world!
in Congress 1822-1995
Library of Congress directory of all the Hispanics that served in Congress between 1822 and 1995. Can be viewed in alphabetical order, geographical order, or by geographic location. After 1995, consult chronological order file.
Organization promoting higher education for Hispanics. News, scholarships and how and why Latinos should apply for college are among the topics discussed.
Influencia, Cambio: Science, Technology and Invention in Latin America
and the Southwestern United States
This site "highlights the lives and accomplishments of inventors, aviators, astronauts, and the everyday people of Latin America and the southwestern United States who have affected science and technology." Browsable by person, geographic location, or topic. Some material available in Spanish. From the Smithsonian Office of Education. *en español*
¿Oíste? The Massaschusetts Latino Political Organization Boston, MA
Non-profit organization that works to get Latinos more involved in Massachusetts politics and seeks better representation of Latino issues in public policy. *en español*
Massachusetts Latino Chamber of Commerce Springfield, MA
This organization "supports the advancement, of education and economic growth of Latino businesses & community." Find relevant statistics, forms, resources and news.
Westfield Spanish American Association Westfield, MA
The WSAA strives to "build a stronger Latino community through cultural enrichment, social justice, political engagement, and encouraging higher education." Provides links to events, images, scholarship information and more. *en español*
These books can be found in the reference collection of the Ely Library.
Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture. edited by Barbara A. Tenenbaum. New York: Scribner's, 1996.
(REF F 1406 E53 1996)
A distinguished team of scholars compiled this 5 volume set which contains 5,287 articles by 832 specialists in Latin American history, politics, society, and culture. Detailed articles on countries, people, historical topics and current events are included.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America. edited by David Carrasco. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.
(REF F 1218.6 O95 2001)
Significant cultural aspects are discussed in this well written 3 volume set containing 617 articles from more than 300 scholars. Topics include people, cultures and sites as well as broad subjects like "Anthropology". Entries are alphabetically arranged.
Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. edited by Verity Smith. Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, 1997.
(REF PQ 7081 A1 E56 1997)
This 926 page volume "contains entries on writers, works and topics relating to the literature of Latin America, including survey articles on all the continent's individual countries." (Editor's Note)
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The Companion to Latin American Studies
This guide gives a brief overview of Latin American Studies. "Covering all the possible topics, from colonial cultures and identity to US Latino culture and issues of race, gender and sexuality, this book situates Latin America in its historical, linguistic and cultural context." (Editor's Note)
The Praeger Handbook of Latino Education in the U.S. (Credo Reference)
The entries in this book discuss topics related to latino education in the United States. Topics covered include: language and culture integration, immigration, gender issues and many more.
Encyclopedia of Hispanic-American Literature, 2008 (Gale Virtual Reference Library)
This book serves as an introduction to Hispanic-American literature. It covers topics including author biographies, influential texts, important events as well as definitions of terms and topics.