Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Through Learning During This Important Election Year

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Through Learning During This Important Election Year



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Farmington Hills, MI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 9, 2004–Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 through Oct. 15, provides a great opportunity to learn more about the fascinating and influential Hispanic culture – especially during this election year. With Latinos weighing in as the largest minority group in the United States at 34.7 million, the group has a great deal of voting power.

As we learn more about the current changes Hispanics have brought about, especially in America, it’s important to remember their long, deep history, which has helped shape our country and culture.

In fact, Spanish missionaries were the first to introduce grapes into California in 1564. And did you know that the United States had to purchase the Florida peninsula from Spain for $5 million? And consider what America would look like if Queen Isabella of Spain hadn’t financed Christopher Columbus’ voyage? Would our country even exist? Most likely not as we know it today.

During Hispanic Heritage Month, Thomson Gale, with the help of libraries across the country, is bringing a world of information to students, researchers and those who are curious, by providing a number of free resources. These resources include free access to our Spanish-language databases, Consulta and Informe!.

Consulta is a Spanish-language collection of references, magazines and primary documents that can be searched using an English or Spanish menu. Informe! is the first electronic database in Spanish and is specifically designed to meet the research needs of Spanish-speaking users. It allows users to search the most popular Spanish-language periodicals for quality Hispanic reference material. Free access to Consulta and Informe can be obtained at http://www.gale.com beginning Sept. 15.

Thomson Gale also is featuring Celebrating Hispanic Heritage on its Web site http://www.gale.com beginning on Sept. 15. Teachers, students and Spanish-speaking people can find a collection of activities http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/activities/index.htm and information to complement classroom learning and assignments, including:

— Biographies of significant present-day and historical Hispanic individuals, featuring Hispanics in the arts http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/bio/index.htm.

— Articles about Latinos and the 2004 Election

— Four weekly quizzes on Hispanic culture, which can be taken and submitted for prizes http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/quiz/index.htm.

— Historical timeline of events, beginning in 1492, that helped shape the Hispanic culture and our country http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/timeline/index.htm.

— Information about Hispanic holidays, musical genres and other cultural topics http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/music/index.htm.

— Suggested reading and links to other credible Web sites http://www.gale.com/free_resources/chh/featured_titles.htm.

In addition, visitors to Thomson Gale’s Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Web site can sign up to receive a free bimonthly Spanish community e-newsletter created to inform and celebrate the cultural, racial and linguistic diversity of Hispanics. It features original articles on current topics in Spanish-language studies and history.

The impact that the Hispanic culture has made on our past, and the influence it will have on our country’s future, provides a compelling reason to learn and celebrate during Hispanic Heritage month. An abundance of information and ways to celebrate can be found at local libraries and at http://www.gale.com.

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Through Learning During This Important Election Year