The City of Evanston has recognized Sept. 15 – Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month, paying tribute to residents, past and present, of Latin American and Caribbean countries and to Hispanic residents in this country.

The period encompasses several dates that  are important in Hispanic history. Sept. 15 is independence day for  Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; Sept. 16 for Mexico and Sept. 18, Chile.

This year the City and the community of Evanston have scheduled several events for Hispanic Heritage Month, the first time this has been done.  Although programs at both public school districts acknowledge the contributions – cultural, culinary and linguistic, as examples – of the Hispanic community, the programs offered this month bring things down to the local level, with movie nights, wellness day, a mariachi mass and a discussion on immigration reform.

The kickoff celebration is at noon at the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St. We hope community members will take advantage of some of these events and meet our Hispanic neighbors and learn more about their culture and contributions.