Hispanic Heritage Month – Mes de la Herencia Hispana

Houston has a rich tradition of Hispanic heritage in every facet of community life, including well-known politicians, established businesses, and religious and cultural life.  Hispanic Heritage Week was approved by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and expanded to cover a 30-day period by President Ronald Reagan in 1988. During this time, from September 15 through October 15, Hispanic Heritage month celebrates the important presence and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino Americans in Houston. September 15 is the anniversary of independence of several Latin American countries including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, and Mexico.  Chile and Belize also celebrate their independence days in September. Columbus Day (Día de la Raza) is celebrated on October 12. This page features a collection of historical documents, oral histories, and images from the Houston Area Digital Archives and the Portal to Texas History that represent the rich and fascinating narratives and personal histories of Hispanic and Latino Americans in Houston.


Houston tiene una tradición de herencia hispana en todas las facetas de la comunidad  incluyendo a políticos bien conocidos, las empresas establecidas, y de la vida religiosa y cultural. La semana de la Herencia Hispana fue aprobada por el presidente Lyndon Johnson en 1968 y se extendió por el presidente Ronald Reagan en 1988 para cubrir un período de 30 días. Durante el 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre, el Mes de la Herencia Hispana celebra la importante presencia y los logros de los hispanos y latinoamericanos en Houston. El 15 de septiembre es el aniversario de independencia de varios países latinoamericanos que incluye Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, y México.  Chile y Belize también celebran su día de independencia en septiembre.  El Día de la Raza ( Columbus Day) se celebra el 12 de octubre. Esta página ofrece una colección de documentos históricos, historias orales, y las imágenes del Archivo Digital del Área de Houston y el Portal de Historia de Texas que representan los relatos ricos y fascinantes e historias personales de hispanos y latinoamericanos en Houston.

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Oral Histories:

“So in 1934 the League of United Latin American Citizens had their first convention here — their first national convention — at the old auditorium. And…the LULACs came from all over the country and we were invited. We were there.”
John J. Herrera

John James Herrera was a civil rights advocate for Mexican Americans, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) from 1952 to 1953, and remained connected with the organization as a "lifetime distinguished member".



“I would like to see more inclusion, to recognize that you need to be more concerned with helping your community [so] that at the end, when everybody works together…, we all win.”
Yolanda Navarro
April 16, 2008

Yolanda Navarro, a Hispanic American entrepreneur, restaurateur and community activist, examines her involvement with the Hispanic community in Houston and talks about race relations in the 1960s and 1970s and about her restaurant business.



“I think if any city has a chance, I think Houston is one of those because we have the kind of city where people can have an opportunity…easier than [in] other cities.”
Felix Fraga
September 14, 2007

Félix Fraga discusses his life as a Hispanic growing up in Houston, race relations, his work as a social worker and his long career at Ripley House; a recreational, educational and health center in Houston founded in 1940.





Timeline: Celebrating the Life of John J. Herrera


Timeline: Highlights from the Mexican American Family and Photograph Collection




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