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5 Historic Sites to Visit During Hispanic Heritage Month

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed September 15 the start of Hispanic Heritage Week.

Two years later, President Ronald Reagan extended the observation to a full 30 days, extending the month long celebration to October 15th. Eight Hispanic nations observe their Independence Day during this month long period, but there are many ways that we can join the celebration in the United States. Consider visiting one of these five sites provided by the National Register of Historic Places.

Chicano Park, San Diego, CA:

In 1970, members of this local Hispanic community peacefully protested the redevelopment of a site within Barrio Logan. The spot is now a vibrant gathering spot associated with the Chicano Civil Rights Movement and brightly painted by Chicano muralists.

San Antonio Missions, San Antonio, TX:

Considered as a national park, the San Antonio Missions offers a free opportunity to learn about the integral Hispanic culture within Texas. With four historical missions to visit, this site will prove itself to provide an enriching experience for all ages.

Benson Historic Barrio, Cochise County, AZ:

This historic neighborhood is the product of Mexican Americans in the late 19th century industrial movement.

Rio Grande City, Starr County, TX:

Dating back to the 18th century as a land grant from the Spaniards, to its significance during the Mexican and American Civil Wars, this historic town in the Rio Grande region is chalk full of history.

Lamesa Farm Workers Community Historic District, LosYbanez, TX:

Built in 1941 to improve living standards for migrant workers, the Lamesa Farm Workers Community still resembles much of what it used to at the height of the local cotton boom.

Sources:

https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/hispanic/index.htm