Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month started as Hispanic Heritage Week in 1968, when it was first authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The celebration expanded to an entire month in 1989, from September 15 to October 15. September 15 is the day five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua celebrate their independence. Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence on September 16th and 18th respectively.

This year, Historic Alexandria invites you to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month by attending our virtual lecture by Professor Enrique Pumar of Santa Clara University on Dr. Domingo Sarmiento’s visit to Washington in 1847, and its effect on his time as president of Argentina. We also invite you to read the two Out of the Attic columns celebrating this special month!


Lecture: Sarmiento's Trepidations in Washington
October 13, 2021, 7 - 8:30 p.m. 
Fee, $6 per household
Register at The Alexandria Shop

Out of the Attic

Domingo Sarmiento's visit to Washington
Out of the Attic, Alexandria Times, 9-23-2021
This column is by guest author Enrique Pumar, Ph.D.

The power of neighboring in Chirilagua
Out of the Attic, Alexandria Times, 9-30-2021
This column is by guest authors Adriana Gómez Schellhaas and Juan Martínez Ovalle.