DAVENPORT, IOWA (August 25, 2022) — The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and the Putnam Museum and Science Center are hosting a day celebrating Hispanic culture on Saturday, September 10. Events will kick off at the Putnam at 11AM with family friendly activities that will take place until 3PM, followed by the LULAC Fiesta Night, 6–10PM.

Throughout the day, museum-goers will have the opportunity to celebrate Mexican Independence with cultural performances, displays, and kid-centered activities. Events will include music, a look at a collection of Catrinas on loan at the museum, and a celebration of monarch butterflies and their yearly migration to Mexico.

“As we enter Hispanic Heritage Month, it is important for LULAC to share our culture and celebrate the contributions made by our diverse community,” says Michael Reyes, LULAC Fiesta Night committee chair

As part of the celebration, Putnam educators and experts will be onsite, 11AM-3PM, to introduce guests to the process of tagging monarchs as they migrate to Mexico and the best ways to support increasing their numbers through habitat improvement and migration research.

There will also be three showings of the celebrated documentary Flight of the Butterflies 3D throughout the day on the Putnam’s GIANT Screen. This award-winning film follows the monarchs’ perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico.

Beginning at 6PM., LULAC invites the public to a special dinner catered by El Mariachi Restaurant, the crowning 2022’s fiesta queen, and live entertainment by the Glenview Mariachi, Ballet Folklorico, and Groupo Innstinto. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door with all proceeds benefitting the LULAC scholarship program.

“The Putnam has enjoyed a long relationship with the League of United Latin American Citizens, including recent work celebrating Hispanic heritage across our community,” says Rachael Mullins, CEO and President of the Putnam. “We’re honored to have been selected as host and partner for the 2022 LULAC Fiesta Night and are so happy to be a partner in exposing new audiences to the richness and diversity of the Hispanic culture.”

Daytime activities at the Putnam are included in the price of general admission — $9 for adults, $8 for youth (ages 3-18), seniors, college students, and military. Regular movie pricing applies. Through the Putnam’s Museums for All program, admission is $1 per person for households with the presentation of an EBT card. Admission is free for members.

For more information, visit https://www.putnam.org/calendar/monarchs-and-mariachi.

About the Putnam

The Putnam Museum brings to life a sense of place, time, and purpose to ignite human potential and inspire our diverse community to learn about and care for our world and all its people. For more than 150 years, guests have experienced the Putnam’s permanent exhibits ranging from Unearthing Ancient Egypt to our family-favorite science galleries, as well as an array of programs and internationally-recognized traveling exhibits. The Putnam is dedicated to helping guests discover and explore in a friendly and engaging atmosphere, including wheelchair access throughout the museum and theater, sensory-friendly maps and backpacks, and wheelchairs available to borrow upon request. For more information about events, exhibits, and accessibility, visit putnam.org.

About the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULCAC)

The mission of LULAC Council 10 is to advance the economic condition, educational attainment, political influence, health, and civil rights of the Hispanic population of the United States. For more information, visit https://www.lulac10.org.

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