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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage with the Library of Congress

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Using primary sources is an excellent way to celebrate Hispanic Heritage month. Here are some resources from the Library of Congress that will help you and your students celebrate the achievements of the Hispanic Community.

  • Explore the Library’s Primary Source Set on Mexican American Migrations and Community. Included are musical selections, maps documenting the movement of Mexicans in the United States, images of life in the Mexican American community and an interview with Representative Joe Baca on his experiences in the Vietnam war.
  • Revisit the Teaching with the Library of Congress blog post on Hispanic Heritage Month resources including images of the Portinari murals found in the Hispanic Division of the Library.

    Preparatory drawing for a mural by Cândido Portinari, around 1941.
  • Learn about the Spanish Missions in Texas and their role in the development of the United States. Interested in learning about the Spanish missions in California? This Today in History feature features Padre Junipero Serra and his role in developing the missions from San Diego to Sonoma.
  • Learn about Hispanic explorers who came to the Americas in the Hispanic Exploration In America primary source set.
  • Wonder why Hispanic Heritage Month starts on September 15th? Read the Library of Congress blog post for the answer.

In the comments share your ideas on how you will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month in your classroom.


  1. Great job, Dana! Thank you for sharing.

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