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Smithsonian Spotlight: Hispanic Heritage

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Mexican Hot Chocolate. Photo: Flickr user e.t.

The Smithsonian Institution is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, with more than twenty events — films, performances, talks, tours, and family programs. Here are some highlights:

From Smithsonian Magazine: Harlem Transformed - The Photos of Camilo José Vergara.

From the Folks at the Food and Think Blog: A Brief History of Chocolate, replete with Video!

If You’re Not a Local: Check out Hispanic Heritage Month events in other cities.

But if You’re in Town: Please join us in celebration!

If you want to know more: Click here for more information and a complete schedule of programming.

Smithsonian Spotlight: Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

Statue at Wat Pho, the Temple of the Reclining Buddha, Bangkok, Thailand. Photo: Jean Glock

The first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843. The transcontinental railroad, whose completion would have been impossible without the hard work and sacrifice of many Chinese laborers, was finished on May 10, 1869. These important anniversaries led President Jimmy Carter to designate the first Asian Pacific Heritage Week in 1978. In 1990, Congress voted to designate the entire month of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

Of course, we’re celebrating at Smithsonian. For a complete list of events here in Washington, click here. For a listing of events across the country, click here.

Meanwhile, if you’re near D.C. anytime soon, make sure to visit Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler gallieries, which are dedicated to Asian art.

Or, you can always see for yourself, on our tours to Japan, China, Vietnam, and all across Asia.