Happy Hispanic Heritage Month!  Celebrated from September 15 - October 15, Hispanic Heritage Month honors the rich culture, history, and contributions of Americans with roots in the Caribbean, Spain, Mexico, Central, and South America. It was first established in 1968 by President Lyndon B. Johnson and initiated on September 15th because it is the anniversary of the independence of many Central American countries. 

The term Hispanic or Latino, or the more recent term Latinx refers to a person's culture or origin-regardless of race.  According to the 2020 Census form, people were counted as Hispanic or Latino or Spanish if they could identify as having Mexican, Mexican American, Chicano, Puerto Rican, Cuban, or another Hispanic, Latino, or Spanish origin.  

Hispanic and Latino Americans have historically advanced humankind through groundbreaking contributions that range from entertainment technology to lifesaving medical technologies.  Latino inventors have developed revolutionary devices that have transformed our everyday world and how we live today.  Essentially, these phenomenal innovations have supported the advancement and evolvement of technological, pharmaceutical and environmental products that we use in our daily lives. Outlined below are a list of Inventions by Latinos in the United States and those born in Latin America.  

  1. Color TV
  2. Earthquake Sensing Technology
  4. Stent
  5. X - Ray Reflection Microscope
  6. Contraceptive Pill
  7. Artificial Heart

As we pay tribute to the generations of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched the society we live in today, take look at or enjoy some of the exciting Events, Activities, and Celebrations our local communities have to offer!