Hispanic Heritage Month: Primary Sources Discovered and Investigated by Our Interns

Over the past decade, the Educational Outreach team at the Library of Congress has been fortunate to host a number of interns participating in the Hispanic American College and University National Internship Program (HACU-HNIP), which provides students in undergraduate and graduate programs with internship opportunities. We thought it would be a unique way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month–as well as the work of our former interns–by highlighting some of their blog posts related to Hispanic heritage.

Migratory Mexican Field Worker’s Home on the Edge of a Frozen Pea Field. Dorothea Lange, 1937

Two interns, Vincent Acuña and Arline Troncoza, wrote blog posts about the legacy of César Chávez. Arline focused on helping students to understand the living and working conditions that influenced Chávez and other labor organizers to start the United Farm Workers. Vincent used the occasion of Chávez’s birthday to focus on Chávez’s legacy and the impact of his work on the Mexican American community and on industries outside of the farmworkers movement. Felix Muniz used the collection Puerto Rico and the Dawn of the Modern Age as a starting point to discuss the Spanish-American war and its impact on the island. Sarah Haro reached back to her San Antonio roots to discuss the impact of Spanish Missions on Texas history. Her post received a number of comments, including one from a very proud father.

The villa and presidio of San Antonio de Bexar : together with the Franciscan Missions. Fanita Lanier, 1936

We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to work with these students and we look forward to seeing wonderful things from our current and future interns.

We also want to remind you to visit the federal cultural agencies’ Hispanic Heritage Month portal to access resources for teachers and information on other resources you can use with your students. In addition, the Veterans History Project is celebrating the role of those of Hispanic and Latino descent in the United States military. And don’t forget to visit the Archive of Hispanic Literature on Tape.

Which of the resources suggested by our interns will you use? Let us know in the comments.

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