Friday, September 10, 2010

Since When Was Frida Kahlo an American?

Massachusetts' reports as part of its celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History is displaying stamps that honor the achievements of Hispanic Americans and the contributions the Hispanic community has made to the culture of America.

"Over the years such famous Hispanic Americans as Cesar Chavez, Roberto Clemente, Frida Kahlo* and Richie Valens have appeared on U.S. postage stamps" according to a press release put out by the Gatehouse News Service on behalf of the museum.

Hispanic Heritage Month was first celebrated in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week. In 1988, the celebration was extended to one month. These dates were chosen since seven nations commemorate their independence from Spain during the month.

Click here for more information on the exhibit which will open on Thursday, Sept. 16 and run through Oct. 17.

[*It should be noted Frida Kahlo was not an American citizen. According to Wikipedia, she was Mexican as well as a Communist. The latter caused a bit of a stir when the stamp was released and questions arose as to why she was selected to be on a U.S. postage stamp.]
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM