October Heritage and Awareness

Italian American Heritage Month

Italian American Heritage Month recognizes the many contributions and achievements of Italian Americans. Over 26 million Italian Americans currently live and work in the United States, making it the seventh largest ethnic group. Italian American Heritage Month is held in October to coincide with Columbus Day.

Polish American Heritage Month

Polish American Heritage Month celebrates the many contributions and achievements of Polish Americans. Polish American Heritage Month is celebrated in October to commemorate the deaths of General Casimir Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciusko (military leaders who fought in the American Revolution).

German American Heritage Month

Germany American Heritage Month honors the many contributions German Americans have made to our society. German families began settling in Pennsylvania in October 1683 and have been influencing American culture ever since. German American Heritage Month was issued by Ronald Reagan in October 1987.

LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month is a month-long observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history and related civil rights movements. LGBTQ+ History Month is celebrated in October to coincide with National Coming Out Day, which is October 11.

Disability Employment Awareness Month

National Disability Employment Awareness Month celebrates America’s workers with disabilities. Creating awareness helps eliminate barriers in employment.

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that commemorates the history and culture of indigenous Americans. It is celebrated in the United States on the second Monday of October.