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Basque Museum … Boise, Idaho

Basque Center in Boise, Idaho.

Basque Museum & Cultural Center is the only museum in the United States dedicated to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Basque history and culture. It provides a look into the Basque heritage through exhibits,
collections, and tours. As a cultural center, it’s a gathering place for
events and educational opportunities, according to museum representatives.

Boise, Idaho has long been a central location where Basque immigrants first congregated after coming to the United States from the Spanish Basque Region. As immigrants established their lives here, Basques became well known for their hard work and perseverance, especially in the rigorous field of sheepherding. 

Culture is preserved through traditional Basque dances.

The Basque Sheepherder exhibit “focuses on the job that so many Basques came to
be known for in the American West.  Peek inside a sheepwagon, where many
Basques spent several months at a time living while they were in the
hills herding sheep.”

An Enduring Culture exhibit is a brief overview of the history of the Basques of
yesterday and today.  It includes many modern and historic photographs
and artifacts to highlight key aspects of the culture.

Dancing is perhaps one of the more fun ways to preserve Basque culture in the United States. The museum features an exhibit with costumes, instruments and photographs.   In addition there are dancing activities and events held each year. 

Children dress in traditional Basque costumes 

Upcoming events:

The Annual Benefit Dinner & Auction on Sat., April 7, 2018, at 6 p.m. at the Basque Center.  $55. Purchase tickets by calling 208-343-2671.

Celebrate the history of Basque communities and families shared through research, interviews, and archiving with the Community History Project team.

There are cultural events every First Thursday of each month. 

Basque Museum Cultural Center
611 Grove St.
Boise, ID 83702

Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday: 11a.m.-3 p.m.
; Closed: Sunday, Monday, Holidays
Cost: General – $5; 
Seniors (65+) & Students – $4; Children 6-12 – $3; 
Children 5-under – free

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Photos: Basque Museum Cultural Center.

Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane
Julianne G. Crane writes about the RVing and camping lifestyles for print and online sites. She was been hooked on RVing from her first rig in the mid-1980s. Between 2000-2008, she was a writer for The Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. One of her popular columns was Wheel Life about RVing in the Pacific Northwest. In 2008, Crane started publishing RV Wheel She and her husband, Jimmy Smith, keep a homebase in southern Oregon, while they continue to explore North America in their 21-foot 2021 Escape travel trailer. Over the years they have owned every type of RV except a big class A. “Our needs change and thankfully, there’s an RV out there that fits every lifestyle.”


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