September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic American Heritage Month!
National Hispanic Heritage Month traditionally honors the cultures and contributions of both Hispanic and Latino Americans as we celebrate heritage rooted in all Latin American countries.
During this special 30 days our museum will be focusing on the history, heritage, and accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino American frontline heroes of past and present.
One major piece on display during this month will be our brand new "Marcelino Serna" exhibit. Private Marcelino Serna (April 26, 1896 – February 29, 1992) was an American soldier who hailed from El Paso, Texas. He became one of the most decorated soldiers from Texas in World War I. Serna was the first Hispanic to be awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
Another showpiece in the museum will be the “Images of Valor: U.S. Latinos and Latinas in World War II,” an exhibition created by the School of Journalism and Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through images and stories, this large exhibition provides a historical overview of U.S. Latino participation in World War II. In addition to photographs from the project archives, “Images of Valor” incorporates contemporary photographs of men and women of the WWII generation by photojournalist Valentino Mauricio.
Also during National Hispanic Heritage Month we will be hosting special guests that represent the very best of the Hispanic heritage that runs throughout the arena of responders.