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Euskadia: Boise's Basque Culture

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A May 2007 trip to Boise by Wildcat Dianne

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Quote: Boise's Basque population has been an important part of its history and culture since the Basque immigrated to Idaho in the early 20th Century.

Euskadia: Boise's Basque Culture

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Basque Cultural Center Photo, Boise, Idaho
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Euskadia is the Basque term for their homeland in Northern Spain. The Basque have been a part of Idaho history and culture since the turn of the 20th Century when many Basque in search of a better life in America immigrated to New York and Idaho to work in the factories and sheep ranches. Many Basque thought Idaho would be similar to the Basque region in topography, but they were shocked to discover, upon arrival, that the high desert of Southwestern Idaho was a bit different than the green hills and mountains of the Pyrenees and Cordillera Cantabica mountain chains on the Spanish and French borders. Basque immigration to Idaho came in three stages. The first was the above mentioned...Read More

Basque Museum & Cultural Center

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Attraction | "The Basque Museum and Cultural Center"

Basque Museum & Cultural Center Photo, Boise, Idaho
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Wednesday's visit to the Basque Museum and Cultural Center was my second visit in less than a week. The first time was on May 26 when I was there for a funeral reception for my friend/co-worker, Molly, whose young son passed away on May 21. The tables were set up among the exhibits, and Bonnie, one of my other co-workers, and I spent the short time we were at the reception browsing around the exhibits in the tiny museum while waiting for Molly and her other son Ryan to show up so that we could pay our respects before going home. I was fascinated by the Guernika photo exhibit and the other exhibits in the museum that I told Mom when I got home from the reception that we needed to return for a be...Read More

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Basque Museum & Cultural Center
611 Grove Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 343-2671

Basque Museum & Cultural Center

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Attraction | "The Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Part 2"

Basque Museum & Cultural Center Photo, Boise, Idaho
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As mentioned in the previous journal, Basque women were an important part of the Basque life and culture in Idaho. The woman who was part of the Basque "Getting Started" exhibit was born in 1890 and came to Idaho in 1907. After marrying in 1909, she and her husband headed for the hills to sheepherd, and as a wedding present, her husband gave her a saddle for her horse, which was proudly on display. The covered wagon they lived in was tiny and would have been very crowded for two people, but they were newlyweds and liked being with each other. The bed took up the back of the wagon, and the front was a little pantry with shelves filled with canned goods and appliances. Bu...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2007

Basque Museum & Cultural Center
611 Grove Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 343-2671

Basque Museum & Cultural Center

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Attraction | "The Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga Boarding House"

Basque Museum & Cultural Center Photo, Boise, Idaho
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When the Basque came to Idaho from Spain at the turn of the 20th Century, most of the Basque were men who went into the sheepherding business. Many of them needed a place to sleep after a long day of work, and other Basque immigrants opened boarding houses in downtown Boise where Basque men could eat, sleep, collect mail, and socialize with other Basque immigrants to the area. Several of the boarding houses are still standing on Grove and 5th Streets. The Leku Ona is now a hotel and restaurant while the Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga Boarding House is part of the Basque Museum and Cultural Center. Built in 1864, the Jacobs-Uberuaga Boarding House is the oldest brick ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 31, 2007

Basque Museum & Cultural Center
611 Grove Street
Boise, Idaho 83702
(208) 343-2671

Basque Market

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Attraction | "The Basque Market"

Basque Market Photo, Boise, Idaho
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Before touring the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, Mom and I went into the Basque Market which is located across the street from the museum on Grove Street. The market is a small grocery store with Basque goods and pottery along with a deli where one can order sandwiches. Mom and I spent about 15-20 minutes browsing the shelves that were stocked with Basque delicacies such as smoked eel, calamari, and sardines imported straight from Spain. There were also Basque meats like tongue (UGH!) and bacon that are a staple of the Basque diet. There was a map on the back wall showing the Basque Region of Spain that was interesting to look at. The Basque's most famous food gift to Idah...Read More

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Basque Market
P.O. Box 727
Napa Valley, California 94559
(707) 226-9123