Hispanic Heritage Month
is celebrated nationwide and begins on September 15, 2008, the
anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries-Costa Rica, El
Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico achieved independence on September 16th and Chile on
September 18th. Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated in the United States since 1974,
when President Gerald Ford issued a Presidential Proclamation extending Hispanic Heritage Week into a
Old Spanish Trail Festival, Crestview, FL.
The Old Spanish Trail Festival Society event salutes the
area's rich heritage every year on the last weekend of April and the first weekend in May. Most years, festivities will include a
treasure hunt, craft and food vendors, a beauty pageant, carnival rides, and various local musicians performing on the
last day of the event. Old Spanish Trail refers to the route used by the three European countries that settled the
area; Spain, England, and France. It was a trade route between El Paso, Texas and Jacksonville, Florida. The
majority of the festivities are held at Spanish Trail Park.
more information on the festival and specific events, go here: http://www.ostf.info/index.html
The photo above left is of an OSTF
Main Street in Crestview, FL in the 1960s.
The museum would like
to have the names of the people in this photo (see original at museum).
presently on-line, soon to become VivaFlorida.org
The site will contain information on
history, culture and heritage in the State of Florida.
promises to be a great collection of data. The present site
contains an address by Florida's governor and lists items soon to be on
The Florida Cuban Heritage Trail.
The Florida Cuban
Heritage Trail includes descriptions
of more than one-hundred
important to the history of Florida and Cuba, profiles of famous Cuban
Americans, and a guide to Cuban festivals in Florida. Color photographs
throughout vividly depict many of the historic sites that are listed.
Telemundo, a U.S. Spanish-language television
network is the essential entertainment, news, and sports source for
Hispanics and a leading international player in the entertainment
industry with presence in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Broadcasting unique national and local programming for the
fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, Telemundo reaches 93%
of U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 16
owned-and-operated stations, 45 broadcast affiliates, and 800 cable
affiliates. Telemundo is wholly owned by NBC Universal, one of the
world's leading media and entertainment companies.
Univision is a Spanish-language television network
in the United States and Puerto Rico. It has the largest Latin American
audience, largely due to repurposed telenovelas and other Mexican
programs produced by Grupo Televisa. Joe Uva is the CEO of Univision
Baker Block Museum
Educational Services. Baker, FL (850) 537-5714