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Hispanic Heritage Month – Cultural Heritage Exhibition 2024

Tuesday, September 3, 2024 10:00 AM - Thursday, October 31, 2024 5:00 PM
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures, traditions, and many contributions of those individuals of Latinx and Hispanic ancestry in the United States.

The establishment of Hispanic Heritage Month was the first Cultural Heritage Month in the United States. The month allows for Hispanics to feel recognized, accepted, and proud to be a Hispanic living in the United States. Today, Hispanics are a very important group of citizens in Abilene who contribute greatly to the community as business owners and educators, as professionals in the public and private sectors, and as active members in other arenas such as involvement in churches, volunteer and charitable organizations, and the arts.

Come and learn about the origin of Hispanic Heritage Month and the history of Hispanics in Abilene and Texas.

1969 Student Boycott, “Hispanics in Abilene: A Special Report”, Abilene Reporter-News, November 9, 1989

Program for Mexico’s Independence Day Celebration, Abilene, Texas, September 1934, Collection of The Grace Museum, Gift of Irene Jay

The Grace Museum is collaborating with Abilene Christian University’s Introduction to Public History: Interpreting American Pasts course to create monthly exhibitions that coincide with different cultural heritage months throughout the year. These exhibitions highlight the narratives of various cultural groups that are integral to Abilene’s history while weaving these stores into the broader historical fabric of the United States.

Barrio de los Sancudos Fiestas, circa 1950s, Courtesy of the Hispanic Heritage Display Committee

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