Latino Heritage


¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana!

¡Bienvenidos a nuestra biblioteca! Latino Heritage Month begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico also declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. In addition, Día de la Raza (Columbus Day) falls within this 30 day period. To learn more, check out...

"Hispanic Americans" from the Dictionary of American History.
"Mexican Americans" from the Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America.
"Puerto Rican Americans" from the Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America.

Use your Evanston library card to access the sources above outside of the library. Click below for info on local events and organizations. Clic aquí para mas información en español sobre tarjetas, computadores, locales, horarios, y mas.


Heritage month - info and events:

Click here to see all of Evanston's Hispanic Heritage Month events.
This includes a kick-off event at the Robert Crown Center, movies at the library, and much more!
Chicagoland events and resources for heritage month and the rest of the year.
Library of Congress
Fact Monster
Fact Monster is part of the free online almanac Information Please. Includes the history of Hispanic Heritage Month, biographical information, and Hispanic American statistics.


Hispanic population data, from the U.S. Census
The American Community: Hispanics
A 16 page report from the U.S. Census Bureau on the Hispanic American community.



League of United Latin American Citizens
Organization for the advancement of Hispanic Americans.
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
Organization whose programs are designed to increase the participation of Hispanics in the public and private sector.
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Their mission is to advocate, promote and facilitate the success of Hispanic business.
National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza works to improve life opportunities for Hispanic Americans. NCLR’s Policy Analysis Center is the preeminent Hispanic "think tank" in Washington, D.C.: the website has reports and policy analysis on census, affirmative action, immigration, health care and other issues.
Pew Hispanic Center
This research organization's mission is to improve understanding of the diverse Hispanic population in the United States and to chronicle Latinos' growing impact on the nation. Includes research reports from the center, results of surveys of Latino populations, press releases, news, and related links.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
A non-profit legal organization that promotes equality and justice through litigation, advocacy, public policy, and community education.

Other resources: 

Spanish language news.
Real Academia Española
Un diccionario de la lengua española.
One stop Spanish-English, English-Spanish dictionary and phrase translator.
Hispanic Business magazine rankings
Includes top Hispanic-owned companies in Illinois and other locations and also top schools for Hispanics.
Hispanic-American Health Resources
A service from the National Library of Medicine in English or Spanish on health concerns and statistics unique to the Hispanic population.
Hispanic Reading Room, Library of Congress
Includes the Handbook of Latin American Studies, profiles of Latin/Hispanic Amerians in Congress, and digitized maps relating to Hispanic history.
Smithsonian Latino Center
The Smithsonian Institution, of which the Latino Center is a part, is the world's largest museum and research complex. The Center's mission is to celebrate Latino culture, spirit, and achievement in America.
National Park Service Register of Historic Places
Highlights properties listed in the National Register, and National Parks that deal directly with the ingenuity, creativity, cultural, and political experiences of Hispanic Americans.



Latin@ Fiction and Literature

  Updated by Ted - September, 2014
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