Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month has begun! This celebration happens every year from September 15 through October 15. September 15 is independence day for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. Other significant dates fall in this period, such as Día de la Raza, which is October 12. More about this commemorative month can be found on the official website. The site also includes a wealth of images, audio, and video from the collections of the National Archives, Library of Congress, National Park Service, Smithsonian, National Endowment for the Humanities, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Gallery of Art. Teacher resources are also available.

The library has some displays for Hispanic Heritage Month! Dr. Lydia Huerta, Assistant Professor of Cultural Studies and Spanish at WNMU, has brought an educational display about the difference between the terms “Hispanic” and “Latino” and the variety of geographical places and cultures included.

Library staff have collected some relevant items from our collection for you to browse and check out.

We are also pleased to be hosting presentations about family history research and local history to help community members explore their heritage. The presentations will be given by Henrietta M. Christmas, a historian and genealogist who is the current president of the New Mexico Genealogical Society. The events are a collaboration between the library and the Silver City Museum.

christmas-hmThe first presentation will discuss using timelines to move one’s research forward and will be held at the Silver City Public Library on Tuesday, September 20, 1:00pm. Sometimes a genealogist will encounter discrepancies in their family tree, such as parents younger than their children, ancestors who lived too long, or unexplainable gaps. “Timelines can help keep things in research order, point out what is missing and even help break down the brick wall or two,” explains Christmas. Participants will learn how timelines can help them become better researchers.

The second presentation at the Silver City Museum will be about World War I soldiers of Grant County. This presentation will be on Wednesday, September 21, 1:00pm at the Museum Annex at 302 W. Broadway. World War I was fought from 1914 – 1918, but the United States did not enter until April 6, 1917. Several thousand New Mexicans fought and died during this time period. A draft of 24 million was done for men born between the years of 1873-1900; of those 2.8 million were drafted to serve. Henrietta Christmas will discuss various resources to discover the men in Grant County who served during this time, such as photos and service records.

Thanks to the Friends of the Silver City Public Library for making events like these possible!

If you have any questions, suggestions, or ideas about how we can better serve the community, please let us know! We can be reached at 575-538-3672, ref@silvercitymail.com, or on Facebook at facebook.com/SilverCityPublicLibrary.

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