September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation and society.

2021 Event Highlights

Kids & Families Event

September & October Dates

Young Portrait Explorers
Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history and more! Register to explore these portraits in thirty-minute programs incorporating close looking at portraiture as well as movement and artmaking.
Marisol Escobar (Sept. 22)
Pedro Martínez (Sept. 29)
Dolores Huerta and César Chávez (Oct. 6)
Carmen Herrera (Oct. 13)

(National Portrait Gallery—Smithsonian Institution)

Kids & Families Event

September 25

Virtual Pajama Party
This online event for kids aged 8–12 and their families will focus on Sylvia & Aki, an inspiring book based on a true story about the school desegregation court case Mendez v. Westminster School District and Japanese Internment during World War II. The program will feature civil-rights activist and title character Sylvia Mendez, and acclaimed author Winifred Conkling.

(National Archives)


September 29

Homegrown Concert: Cambalache
Cambalache, named for a Spanish word that means "exchange," is a Chicano-Jarocho group based in East Los Angeles. Cambalache plays and promotes traditional son jarocho through performance, music workshops, and educational demonstrations.

This presentation will premiere on both Facebook and YouTube .

(Library of Congress)

New Streaming Content

October 1

The PALABRA Archive Releases New Digital Content
The Hispanic Reading Room will release 50 new recordings from the PALABRA Archive for online streaming. Uploads will include recordings with Mexican writer Elena Poniatowska, Cuban-American author, poet, and anthropologist Ruth Behar, Spanish poet José Manuel Caballero Bonald, and Portuguese author Dulce María Cardoso.

(Library of Congress)

Panel Discussion

October 11

Celebration of Children's and YA Latin American and Latinx Literature
Join the Hispanic Reading Room at the Library of Congress and Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) in a virtual celebration of children's and YA Latin American and Latinx literature.
Panelists Angela Burke Kunkel, Aida Salazar, Raúl The Third, Sili Recio, and Yamile Saied Méndez will share their creative processes, discuss where they find inspiration, and how they address difficult themes.

(Library of Congress)

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National Gallery of Art Library of Congress Smithsonian Institution National Archives United States Holocaust Memorial Museum National Park Service National Endowment for the Humanities