Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September 18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day (Día de la Raza, October 12) falls within this 30 day period.

In recognition of this wonderful month, with the support of our Council on Inclusion and Diversity, Harris Beach has focused on appreciating our country’s tremendous Hispanic heritage. Internally we’ve been sharing Hispanic-influenced foods and music. But we’ve also done a little educating – about the public figures and cultures of influence the United States.

We’d like to share what our team of researchers has found. Gracias a todos! Thank you all!