Latinx Heritage Month

Honor the enduring contributions and importance of the Latinx community.

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From September 15 through October 15, we’re celebrating Latinx Heritage Month at the Field. Hear from Latinx staff members and learn about the Field’s work, from Chicago to the Amazon rainforest. Explore events, exhibitions, and stories throughout the month.

 

Featured events

Meet a Museum Insider

On Wednesdays at 3:30pm, hear from Field Museum staff members in a variety of different roles. The featured speakers for Latinx Heritage Month are:

  • Airis Cervantes, discussing Cultural Monarch Ties as part of the Monarch Community Science Project (September 15)

  • Imelda and Sara Saucedo, sharing their experiences as two generations working at the Field (September 22)

  • Farah Carrasco, talking about her work studying mammals in the Andes-Amazon region. Presented in Spanish. Farah Carrasco, hablará de su trabajo investigando mamíferos de la región andino-amazónica. Presentada en español. (September 29)

  • Luis Muro, sharing Andean Anthropology research (October 6)

  • Ariana Ochoa, discussing her work on the Visitor Services team (October 13)

Meet a Museum Insider streams live on Facebook.

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Planning your visit

Throughout the month, the Field Bistro on the museum’s main level will feature special dishes and ingredients from Latin America. 

View our Spanish map or pick up a paper copy when you arrive at the museum. We also have visit guides available in Spanish and Portuguese. 

Visita al Museo Field (Español)

Visita ao Field Museum (Português)

A note from the organizing staff: Why "Latinx"? 

Our goal for Latinx Heritage Month is to celebrate the scientific ingenuity and cultural uniqueness of Latinx staff, researchers, and work that has been carried out in Latin America and the United States. 

In doing so, we would like to move away from language-centered terminology such as “Hispanic,” as it pertains to Spanish speakers and thus excludes many people who celebrate this month. The term “Latinx” has been used as a gender-neutral alternative to describe people of Latin American descent. The “x” replaces what in Spanish are the traditional “male” or “female” endings, “o” and “a.”

We recognize that no label is perfect, especially when defining a diverse group of people. Our hope for this year’s celebrations is to elevate and highlight Latinx stories and invite people to reflect on how they would like to be seen, thus beginning an excellent tradition for Latinx staff and community that will continue to grow and become more successful with time. Thank you for celebrating with us.

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