Friday Facts │September 18, 2015

Friday Facts

Government Information You Can Use

Avoiding Online Scams

Do you want to learn how to avoid online scams, protect kids online, be smart online, and secure your computer? There are several government resources to help you do all of that and more. is the federal government’s website to help you be safe, secure and responsible online. Managed by the Federal Trade Commission, is a partner in the Stop Think Connect campaign, led by the Department of Homeland Security, and is also part of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Additional federal agencies contributing to the are listed here. The brochure Avoiding Online Scams discusses the ten steps you can take to avoid scams. “Crooks use clever schemes to defraud millions of people around the globe every year. They often combine sophisticated technology with age-old tricks to get people to send money or give out personal information. Many scammers insist that you wire money, or pressure you to make an important decision on the spot. Don’t fall for such tactics. Use these tips to help you avoid common scams.” View informational sheets about other types of online scams here.

Financial and investment scams frequently make headlines, and often are not detected until multiple victims are have lost large amounts of money. The Indiana Secretary of State’s office has information about preventing and detecting investment fraud and exploitation of seniors on their website, Elder Investment Fraud and Financial Exploitation (EIFFE) Prevention Program.  Additionally, the Indiana Secretary of State’s Securities Division has launched a public awareness initiative to combat online investment fraud. The federal government has a financial fraud enforcement task force called  Internet dating and romance scams can also involve financial fraud. The U.S. Department of State has information on how to spot these scams.  View the common red flags for these scams here.

Friday Facts Editorial Team:

Katharine Springer
State Data Center Coordinator

Andrea Glenn
State Documents  Coordinator

Brent Abercrombie
Federal Documents Coordinator

Indiana State Library

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Hispanic Heritage Month Resources

George Santayana, February 1936, Time Magazine

The President issued a proclamation Monday for the celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, noting that activities last through October 15, 2015. The Indiana State Museum will host an Indiana Latino Heritage Day Saturday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with speakers, performances, and activities highlighting Indiana’s Latino history. In ALA News, libraries and organizations commemorate the month as part of ‘Latino Americans: 500 Years of History’ project.

“We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.”
George Santayana

At IUPUI, the Institute for American Thought features The Santayana Society and The Works of George Santayana, or The Santayana Edition, an ongoing project to produce 20th century poet, philosopher, and novelist Santayana’s published and unpublished writings in 20 volumes. Santayana was born in Madrid, Spain in 1863. For more biographical information on Santayana, see Santayana’s Life.

Use INSPIRE databases to search for more Hispanic/Latino/Latina authors with the Biography in Context tool, including Sandra Cisneros, Isabel Allende, and Gabriel García Márquez.

National Hispanic Heritage Month is recognized by several federal agencies on this website and by the CDC on this website. The Indiana Commission on Hispanic/Latino Affairs is a non-partisan state agency working toward economic, educational, and social equality, including promoting cooperation and understanding. Visit its website here. Find selected Hispanic Genealogical Resources here from the State Library.

Confused by the terms Hispanic and Latino? Read this 2013 article by Mark Hugo Lopez, Hispanic or Latino? Many don’t care, except in Texas.

Hispanic Heritage Month by the numbers, from the U.S. Census Bureau:

Sandra Cisneros and Natalia Anciso, April 2015

In September 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim National Hispanic Heritage Week, observed during the week that included Sept. 15 and Sept. 16. Congress expanded the observance in 1989 to a month-long celebration (Sept. 15 – Oct. 15) of the culture and traditions of those who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean.

Sept. 15 is the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

55 million
The Hispanic population of the United States as of July 1, 2014, making people of Hispanic origin the nation’s largest ethnic or racial minority. Hispanics constituted 17 percent of the nation’s total population.
Source: 2014 Population Estimates

119 million
The projected Hispanic population of the United States in 2060. According to this projection, the Hispanic population will constitute 28.6 percent of the nation’s population by that date.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau Population Projections

38.4 million
The number of U.S. residents 5 and older who spoke Spanish at home in 2013. This is a 120 percent increase since 1990 when it was 17.3 million. Those who hablan español en casa constituted 13.0 percent of U.S. residents 5 and older. More than half (58 percent) of these Spanish speakers spoke English “very well.”

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, 2013 American Community Survey and Language Use in the United States: 2012

Museum seeks photos for Veterans Day exhibit

‘Heroes from the Heartland’ on view November 1 through November 11 at the Indiana State Museum.

Indiana’s veterans and active military personnel will be honored this fall at the Indiana State Museum in Heroes from the Heartland, a special exhibition on view November 1 through Veterans Day, November 11.

Hoosiers are invited to submit photos of themselves, friends and family members who have served or are currently serving in any branch of the military. Photographs received will be printed and posted on a photo mural at the museum. Photos will also be viewable electronically through the Indiana State Museum’s Facebook page.

Submit photos via email, by October 24 to and include the following information: name, date of service, military division, hometown and nominator’s name. Photos should be between 150 and 300 dpi (dots per inch) at 100 percent. Include stories about your veterans if possible (i.e., service member was part of D-Day in World War II).

Veterans Day activities, including an 11-day food drive for the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, will be announced at a later date. The activities will be included in regular museum admission: $13 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8.50 for children ages 3 - 12. Groups of 20 or more are eligible for special discounted rates at the Indiana State Museum when they schedule visits in advance. Scheduled school group admission is free. Admission for active military and veterans is free with identification; discounted admission will be offered to their families.