Basque Exhibit at Gooding County Museum


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Weekly on Friday, Saturday at 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM from July 19, 2013 until July 21, 2013

Location: Gooding County Museum at 273 Euskadi Lane (Hwy 26/46), Gooding Idaho

Phone: 208-934-9475 or Gooding County Museum at 934-5318



Event Description

"Hidden in Plain Sight - The Basques" by the Basque Museum of Boise is on display at the Gooding County Museum on July 19 - 21, 2013 from 10 am to 4 pm.

The Gooding County Historical Society is proud to announce an exceptional exhibit installed this past week at the Gooding County Museum by the staff of the Basque Museum of Boise. It took about 10-12 people two days to arrange about 50 of the panels of the “Hidden in Plain Sight—The Basques” exhibit. This exhibit was previously on display in the main gallery of the Basque Museum in Boise. It was a true community effort and its creation involved many peoples of Basque decent throughout the Boise community as well as from the native Basque Country. This exhibit was created as a temporary exhibition that was originally displayed for a three month period at Ellis Island in New York City from February through May of 2010.  In September of 2010, the exhibit was installed at the Basque Museum in Boise. The exhibit focuses on the story of Basque immigration to the U.S. but also covers a wide range of topics about the culture including the homeland, Basque athletes, explorers and politicians, the Basque Country today, and life in a boarding house. It is estimated that during the three month period at Ellis Island the exhibit could have been seen by as many as 300,000 people.

In June of 2011 this exhibit received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History! The Award of Merit is presented for excellence in history programs, projects, and people when compared with similar activities nationwide.

For the Grand Opening of this exhibit, the Gooding County Museum plans on being open to the public this weekend on Friday through Sunday, July 19th, 20th and 21st from 10 am to 4 pm. Sunday happens to be the annual Gooding Basque Picnic at the Gooding County Fairgrounds. Please plan on stopping by the Museum while you are in Gooding. This exhibit will be on display through October at the Gooding County Museum every Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Contact Joani Pauls (c/o GCHS) at 934-5366 or the Gooding County Museum at 934-5318 for more information on the Basque Exhibit. The Gooding County Museum is located at 273 Euskadi Lane in Gooding at the Hwy 46/26 junction between North Canyon Medical Center and the Gooding Basque Cultural Center.
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