National Pan American Day on April 14th each year commemorates the First International Conference of American States, which concluded on April 14, 1890. The observance takes place during Pan American Week.
Inspired by the idea of a Panamerica, United States Secretary of State James G. Blane first developed the concept of an International Conference for the Western Hemisphere. It took nearly a decade, but in October of 1889, the conference began. Held in Washington, D.C., the conference covered a large variety of subjects from currency and banking to military and trade.
The International Conference also created the International Union of American Republics, the forerunner of the Organization of American States (OAS).
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NATIONAL PAN AMERICAN DAY HISTORY
In 1931, President Herbert Hoover declared the first official National Pan American Day to be observed on April 14th. Before the President’s proclamation, Pan American Day celebrations took place on various days throughout the year and across the country. Each one included cultural events and festivals celebrating the Western Hemisphere and the whole of the North and South American continents. Many of the events included political speakers and development organizations.
Expositions featured cultural events including art, music, and food. They also brought business leaders together. Schools organized educational experiences for students, and communities held parades to celebrate the day.
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