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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | September 22, 2022

National Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15, recognizing the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the history and culture of the United States.
This is a hand-cut and decorated Styrofoam quinceañera decoration. A Quinceañera is celebration of a girl's 15th birthday, widely celebrated by girls throughout Hispanic America.
The decoration was cut with a hot knife to include the silhouette of a crescent moon, a young woman in profile, and other floral and leaf-shaped motifs. The decoration was sold by the artist at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Church in the West Side neighborhood of Saint Paul, circa 1999.