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centuries of culture,History 
and prosperity
in United States

His story
On September 15, schools began preparing Hispanic-themed essays, websites published lists of Hispanic Heritage events, and museums prepared exhibits, films, and programs on the topic.
Although Hispanic Heritage dates back five centuries in the United States, it was not until more than thirty years ago that the nation officially gave credit to that heritage, and in 1989 the recognition evolved into a month-long celebration .
The requirement to celebrate Hispanic Heritage on a national scale was made by the Senate and the House of Representatives. Those two bodies joined in Congress on September 17, 1968 to authorize the annual proclamation of Hispanic Heritage Week on September 15 and 16. In that same resolution, the Senate and the House of Representatives demanded that Americans observe that celebration by organizing activities in accordance with the spirit of that week.
The designation of that week was selected because Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua celebrate their Independence Day on September 15, while Mexico celebrates it on September 16.

Hispanic Heritage Month...

However, it was soon realized that this designated week coincided with the beginning of the school year, educators were very busy with their programs and could not devote all their enthusiasm to the celebration of Hispanic Heritage.
It was then in 1977 when President Gerald Ford, in order to encourage the educational community and in general to participate, issued an agreement for all schools and human rights organizations to more actively observe Hispanic Heritage Week. Ford recalled that the Hispanic contribution to the United States has been consistent and of vital influence in the growth of culture in this country.
Echoing that proclamation, and calling it "a well-deserved honor," President Ronald Reagan in 1988 expanded that celebration by authorizing Congress to extend it to one month, now celebrated as National Hispanic Heritage Month on December 15. September to October 15, including October 12 Columbus Day in Latin American countries and Columbus Day in the USA.

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