As many of you might already know, the Boise Basque Museum and Cultural Center, with help from the Basque Government, has been working on a project to highlight the Basques’ contributions to the history and settlement of the United States. I’ve received a number of recent messages updating me on the status of the project, which is that the exhibit is now on display at the Boise Basque Museum and will soon move to the Ellis Island National Monument Museum.
Entitled “Hidden in Plain Sight: the Basques“, the exhibit will be at Ellis Island from February to May. It will return to Boise for Jaialdi and will become a feature exhibit at the Basque Museum in Boise. In the words of the website, the exhibit explores the language, customs, traditions and values of the Basque people as well as the allure that America held for them. Hidden in Plain Sight will recount the compelling historical journey of the of Basque men, women and children who immigrated in the early 20th Century from the Basque regions of France and Spain to the United States.
The exhibit aims to both recognize and demonstrate the history of Basques throughout the United States. The Basques have played a large role in many areas, but their actions have often been in the background, hidden if you will. The exhibit hopes to show the greater populace the part the Basques have played in shaping the US.
If you are interested in contributing to the project, there is a form for doing so on the website.