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At the September 19, 2022, Village Board meeting, Mayor Daniel C. Shapiro issued a proclamation declaring September 15 to October 15 to be National Hispanic Heritage Month in the Village of Deerfield. Each year, 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 and South America. You can read the proclamation here.
The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.
The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.
The Deerfield Community Relations Committee will have grab and go educational coloring sheets at an upcoming Farmers Market featuring the flags of Hispanic countries. The Committee has also compiled the below list of events in and around Deerfield and informational websites for those wishing to learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month.
Deerfield Public Library Events
College of Lake County Events
For more information, visit hispanicheritagemonth.gov.