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Honor Hispanic American Trailblazers at the National Constitution Center

August 15, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 15 -- The National Constitution Center issued the following news release:

From September 15 - October 15, 2014, the National Constitution Center celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month, honoring Hispanic and Latino Americans who have greatly contributed to our national story, through special talks and tours. The museum also will display important artifacts that highlight the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans in recent history including the Bible that Chief Justice John Roberts used to swear-in Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; the baseball Roberto Clemente hit in his 1,273rd career RBI; the certification of election of Senator Dionisio "Dennis" Chavez to the U.S. Senate in 1940; a United Farm Workers poster depicting the movement founded by Cesar E. Chavez; and a telescope belonging to Civil War Admiral David Glasgow Farragut. Keepsake Constitutions that have been translated in Spanish also will be available for visitors throughout the month.

The museum's daily* National Hispanic Heritage Month programming includes:

Paving New Ground Show

Program times vary; check the visitor guide upon arrival

FREE with museum admission

The interactive Paving New Ground Show examines the lives of notable Hispanic Americans including Oscar Hijuelos and Jaime Escalante-providing insight into the struggles they faced and the rights they secured for all citizens. Their inspiring stories reveal how one individual's civic actions can impact an entire nation.

Hispanic Heritage Self-Guided Tour

FREE with museum admission. Guide available at box office.

The Hispanic Heritage Self-Guided Tour highlights stories of Hispanic Americans like Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Casimiro Barela--who are featured on the popular American National Tree exhibit--and Cesar Chavez and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, whose stories are told through special artifacts.

Giant Board Game

Game times vary; check the visitor guide upon arrival

FREE with museum admission

At the National Constitution Center's giant board game in the Grand Hall Lobby, visitors can test their knowledge of influential Hispanic Americans while competing to see who can make it to the finish first! Participants serve as game pieces as they roll the giant dice, answer questions, and work their way across the board to the finish line.

As a Headquarters for Civic Education, the National Constitution Center commemorates and celebrates all civic holidays, including Hispanic Heritage Month, with engaging, educational programs and activities throughout the year. As a part of each celebration at the museum, visitors can join in family-friendly daily programs that reaffirm what it means to be an active citizen. Students and educators are also invited to utilize the variety of educational resources tailored for each holiday, available at

*Hispanic Heritage Month programs will not be available on September 17.

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