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Manchester Hispanic / Latinx Heritage Month Mini Collection

About this Collection

About this Collection

 Image Credit: Yoli Bergstrom-Lynch

Join CT State Manchester’s Damato Library and Student Government Association (SGA) in celebrating Hispanic / Latinx Heritage month from September 15 to October 15 by exploring this mini collection of books, films, music, podcasts, digital art exhibits, and list of notable figures.  

National Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week but was later expanded to a full month of celebration in 1988 under Public Law 100-402. September 15th was selected as the starting date because it marks the anniversary of independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The month-long celebration also coincides with Mexico and Chile’s Independence Day celebrations and Día de la Raza (or Day of Race). To learn more about National Hispanic Heritage Month visit the official site at:

Over time the month-long celebration has alternately been referred to as Hispanic Heritage Month, Latino Heritage Month, and, more recently, Latinx or Latine Heritage Month. Hispanic is generally understood to refer to people who are of Spanish-speaking origin or descent while Latino refers to people with origin or descent from Latin American countries (See “You say Latino”). The terms Latinx and Latine are gender-neutral terms that are inclusive of people who identify as gender nonbinary, gender fluid, or agender, and used more often among younger generations (See “Who uses Latinx?). Latine has slowly developed as an alternative to Latinx because, as Terry Blas points out in “You Say Latinx,” it is both gender-inclusive and pronounceable in Spanish.

The materials in this mini collection spotlight the diverse histories, cultures, and achievements of Hispanic / Latinx communities across the diaspora. It includes books you can borrow from the Damato Library and from the libraries in the CSCU consortium (i.e., the 12 CT State Community College campuses, the 4 Connecticut State Universities, and the State Library). 


Guide Curators:

   Yoli Bergstrom-Lynch -- Research & Instruction Librarian

 SGA -- Student Government Association - Manchester Campus

 Maritza Morales -- Library Assistant, Circulation (Guide translator)


Image Credit: Yoli Bergstrom-Lynch

Únase a la Biblioteca Damato de CT State Manchester y a la Asociación de Gobierno Estudiantil para celebrar el mes de la herencia hispana / latinx del 15 de septiembre al 15 de octubre explorando esta pequeña colección de libros, películas, música, podcasts, exhibiciones de arte digital y una lista de figuras notables. 

El Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana comenzó en 1968 como la Semana de la Herencia Hispana, pero luego se amplió a un mes completo de celebración en 1988 bajo la Ley Pública 100-402.  El 15 de septiembre fue seleccionado como fecha de inicio porque marca el aniversario de la independencia de Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras y Nicaragua.  La celebración de un mes también coincide con las celebraciones del Día de la Independencia de México, Chile y el Día de la Raza.  Para obtener más información sobre el Mes Nacional de la Herencia Hispana, visite el sitio oficial en:  

Con el tiempo, la celebración de un mes de duración se ha referido alternativamente como el Mes de la Herencia Hispana, el Mes de la Herencia Latina y, más recientemente, el Mes de la Herencia Latinx o Latine.  Hispano generalmente se entiende para referirse a las personas que son de origen o ascendencia de habla hispana, mientras que latino se refiere a las personas con origen o ascendencia de países latinoamericanos (Ves “Usted dice latino”).  Los términos Latinx y Latine son términos neutrales en cuanto al género que incluyen a las personas que se identifican como género no binario, género fluido o agénero, y se usan con más frecuencia entre las generaciones más jóvenes (Ves “¿Quién usa Latinx?”).  Latine se ha desarrollado lentamente como una alternativa a Latinx porque, como señala Terry Blas en “You Say Latinx”, es inclusivo de género y pronunciable en español. 

Los materiales de esta pequeña colección destacan las diversas historias, culturas y logros de las comunidades hispanas / latinx en toda la diáspora.  Incluye libros que puede tomar prestados de la Biblioteca Damato y de las bibliotecas del consorcio CSCU (es decir, los 12 colegios comunitarios, 4 universidades estatales de Connecticut y la Biblioteca Estatal de CT). 


Guía de Creadores:

   Yoli Bergstrom-Lynch -- Investigación / Instructor Bibliotecario

 SGA -- Asociación de Gobierno Estudiantil 

 Maritza Morales -- Asistente Bibliotecario / Circulación (Guía de traducción)


Manchester Books

History & Social Science

Biographies & Memoirs


Afro-Latinx Studies & Voices

LGBTQ2S+ Studies & Voices

Latinx Futurism


Graphic Novels

Young Adult

Cookbooks & Foodways

Audiobooks to Learn Spanish

CSCU Library Books

History & Social Science

Biographies & Memoirs


Afro-Latinx Studies & Voices

LGBTQ2S+ Studies & Voices

Latinx Futurism


Graphic Novels

Young Adult

Spanish Language Books

Music Studies



Bitter Brown Femmes

El hilo

In the Thick

La Brega


Latina to Latina

Latino Rebels Radio

Latino Studies

Latino USA

¿Quién Are We?

Radio Ambulante

Radio Caña Negra

Radio Menea

TED en Español


DVDs at Manchester Library

Streaming Films

Find More @ Kanopy & Films on Demand

Digital Exhibits

Digital Exhibits

Exploring Latino Diversity in the United States

What does it mean to be Latino? To be Hispanic? To be Latinx? What does it mean to be American? Learn about the complexity and diversity of Latino identity.

Voices of Migration Oral History Project

This oral history project documents the stories of members of the U.S. Latinx community in Hartford.


Explore the "¡Presente!” exhibition in the Molina Family Latino Gallery as it looked when it first opened to the public. Reexamine what you know about U.S. history by learning more about Latino identity, immigration, historical legacies, and how Latinas and Latinos have shaped the nation. Listen to first-person oral histories, examine 3D objects, dive into historical biographies, and explore some of the objects found in the exhibition to see how the past relates to the present. 

Represent Latinx

Self-representation is central to this section, with the term “Latinx” understood as a sign of both plurality and dissent. It is considered as a construction of identity that references Latin American heritage and ethnicity in the U.S., while also intersecting with African, Indigenous, queer, and trans identities. Symbolic objects and icons, flags, as well as depictions of the human figure are explored in terms of strategies of portraiture, identification, and community. The deconstruction of cultural myths such as the melting pot is addressed in works by David Antonio Cruz, Freddy Rodriguez, Elia Alba, and Nicolás Dumit Estévez, among others.

“Forgotten Images: A Traveling Exhibit and Museum”

“Forgotten Images: A Traveling Exhibit and Museum” as part of the Museum of Latin American Art's 2022 Afro-Latinx Heritage Festival.

Chants and Prayers & Culture Strike:Visions

Get an inside look into the current location of The Mexican Museum at Fort Mason Center! The two exhibits featured here are Feldsott: Chants and Prayers and Culture Strike: Visions from the Inside. 

Las Voces del Lowcountry

Las Voces del Lowcountry documents the varied experiences of Latinos in the South Carolina Lowcountry. This exhibition spots their struggles as well as their growing public presence and multifaceted contributions to the region's cultural and economic life. Through interviews, photographs, and artistic images, Las Voces del Lowcountry captures a critical moment in the historic evolution of the Latino presence in the Charleston area. Published November 2017.

Museum of Latin American Art: José Bedia and Belkis Ayón,

This exhibition from the Museum of Latin American Art highlights José Bedia and Belkis Ayón, two artists whose work explores the history and stories embedded in Afro-Cuban spiritual practices and religious traditions

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography

Down These Mean Streets: Community and Place in Urban Photography unites the work of ten artists who critically reflect on the state of urban America primarily between the 1960s and early 1980s, when government initiatives that sought to address the needs of cities in crisis sparked public debate.

Popular Painters and Other Visionaries

Popular Painters and Other Visionaries examines the contributions of 30 schooled and self-taught artists who worked in different parts of the Americas and the Caribbean between the 1930s and 1970s.

California Cultures: Hispanic Americans

The items in these 7 exhibitions trace the history of Hispanic Americans in California from the Mission system and Californios into the 20th century: Mexican immigration into California, the farmworkers' labor struggles, and the Chicano Civil Rights movement and La Raza, which also resulted in an explosion of cultural art.

Beauty and Struggle

Latino photographers document urban America. 

People You Should Know

People You Should Know

Use this shared community Padlet board to spotlight Hispanic / Latin(o/a/x) changemakers and leaders in Connecticut who have demonstrated a commitment to social change and social justice, are giving back to local communities, and are creating opportunities for others.

Follow the steps below to add to the Padlet (posts will appear once approved):

  • Click the + sign
  • Type name of person to be featured in “Subject” line
  • Write something beautiful in the space provided (e.g., what do you want folx to know about this person/their contributions)?
  • Click the link symbol       to link to a website that features the person or their work
  • Hit “Submit”

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