Wednesday, September 12, 2012

A Celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month

Many Backgrounds, Many Stories...One American Spirit

Join us at the Tualatin Public Library on Saturday, September 15, from 12:00-3:00pm for a free Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration featuring Antonio Centurion. Antonio is a master of the Paraguayan Harp. He is a native Paraguayan and a proud descendant of the Guaraní Indian.  In addition to the music, we will have free face painting for the kids by artist Kim Millen from U B Painted. Kim has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and is well known in the Portland area for her talent and fun personality. Refreshments, door prizes, and a piñata are also featured in this special event.

Annually since 1988, 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 & South America.

Originally started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Johnson the celebration was expanded in 1988 by President Reagan. The celebration coincides with the anniversary of independence for many Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua on September 15, Mexico on September 16 and Chile on September 18. According to US Census population estimates the Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2011 was 52 million. This makes people of Hispanic origin the nation's largest ethnic or race minority at 16.7 percent of the total population. In 2010 the U.S. Census reported an Hispanic population of 88,287 in Washington County (16.4% of the total county population).

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