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11th Annual Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration
October 6, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:45 pm
The purpose of the Hispanic Heritage Month State Commemoration is to officially recognize the history and accomplishments of Latino Americans in Nebraska, and to provide an opportunity for Nebraskans to learn and embrace the diversity of the culture and contributions of Latinos. The event provides an opportunity for the State of Nebraska to publicly recognize organizations and individuals from across the state who have impacted their communities and built bridges. Among the educational aspects of our celebration, we host a statewide essay contest open to all students in middle school and high school, inviting them to share their views on Hispanic Heritage Month. These essays are then sent to the Nebraska State Historical Society for preservation and printed on McDonald’s tray liners. A Keynote Speaker addresses the audience; every year we bring an individual who is a leader and can inspire and educate the public. In the past we have had the children of national Latino civil rights leaders Dr. Hector Garcia and Corky Gonzales who shared their legacies and offered a personal perspective of these leaders. A public display in the Capitol Building features profiles, photos and artwork by Nebraskan Latinos/Hispanics. This event is open and free to the public, and award nominations and essay contest participation is open to the public statewide.