Hispanic Heritage Month

In 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson created Hispanic Heritage Week to celebrate Hispanic culture. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan expanded the week to a full month, creating what is now known as Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15.

With trade and travel along the Santa Fe Trail, the City of Olathe began a deep connection with Hispanic culture throughout its history—a connection that continues today. Join the City during the month as Olathe honors Hispanic heritage with a number of special events.

Featured Events

Book Discussion and Signing with Angela Cervantes
Saturday, September 15 from 2 pm to 4 pm, Millcreek Learning Center
(150 S. Water St.)
Author Angela Cervantes, who wrote the junior novelization of the movie Coco, will discuss her latest book, Me, Frida and The Secret of the Peacock Ring, and her life as a writer based in Kansas City. Copies of her books will be available for purchase and signing.

American Girl Memory Boxes
Tuesday, October 2 at 4 pm, Olathe Downtown Library
Learn about the Santa Fe Trail through American Girl, Josefina’s story. Learn about the items traded on the trail and make a memory box for your special memories. This event is part of the Olathe Latino Coalition celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and is presented in conjunction with Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop. Duration: about 45 minutes. For K–5th graders. Registration begins Sept. 24

Tuesday Tunes with Betse Ellis
Tuesday, October 2 from 6:30 pm to 8:15 pm, Olathe Downtown Library

Bring your instrument, share a song, or just listen during a special Hispanic Heritage Month edition of our monthly acoustic jam session featuring Enrique Chi of Making Movies.


Download the Hispanic Heritage Month poster for more upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month events.

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