National Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are sharing some materials from the Special Collections Research Center that highlight activities by students related to celebrating Hispanic heritage.
A photo from our Digital Collections shows a student exhibit celebrating Hispanic influence on the United States during the Bicentennial Celebrations in 1976. Items are arranged in a display case, which was part of a student display competition at the University Bookstore at App State. The poster in the window says, "...We pay due respect to Hispanic influence and heritage here in the United States," and includes posters, books, and items with Spanish and Mexican heritage.
Source: “Bicentennial Display, University Bookstore, 1976, photo 1,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed September 20, 2023, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/8429.
A November 1997 article from The Appalachian entitled, “A word from HSA,” by Lenin Vasquez announces the creation of the Hispanic Student Association and invites all to attend. Vasquez states, “The purpose of the HSA is to increase university awareness of the Hispanic presence on campus by sponsoring activities such as a mentorship program for Hispanic students and a Hispanic Heritage Festival.”
Source: Appalachian State University, “The Appalachian [Boone, N.C.: November 13, 1997],” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed September 20, 2023, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/45848.
About four months later The Appalachian ran an advertisement for an upcoming dance, inviting students to “mueva su cadera,” or “move your hips.”
Source: Appalachian State University, “The Appalachian [Boone, N.C.: February 21, 1998],” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed September 25, 2023, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/45862.
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- Contributed by Veronica A. Wells, Adjunct Assistant Professor.