August 27, 1998
Release No. 49-98

CONTACT: Catherine Stearns
PHONE: (202) 401-1190

United States Information Agency
- News Release


The U.S. Information Agency (USIA) is commemorating National Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic Americans and to focus national attention on their extraordinary contributions and culture. The Congress, by Public Law 100-405, has authorized and requested the President to issue annually a proclamation designating September 15 - October 15 as "National Hispanic Heritage Month." This year's national theme is: "Women in Leadership."

Special Exhibit, "Women of Hope"                   Recruitment/Job Fair
September 15 - October 15, 1998                  September 29, 1998
USIA - headquarters (lobby entrance)             10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
(see address below)                                         U.S. Department of State
                                                                       Dean Acheson & Exhibit Hall

USIA Commemorative Program
October 13, 1998
10:30 a.m.
Wilbur J. Cohen Auditorium (VOA)
Ethnic Food Tasting Reception
Keynote Speaker:
Ms. Carmen Delgado Votaw
Senior Vice President, Public Policy
The Alliance for Children and Families
Cultural presentations by: The Horizonte Band
and the De colores Mexican folk Dance company

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