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Boise, Idaho
Preserving Basque American Heritage

Boise, Idaho, has the highest density of Basque Americans in the United States and is home to the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, the only museum of its kind in the nation. It offers changing exhibitions—many of which have been supported by the Idaho Humanities Council—that help Idahoans understand the history and culture of the local Basque community. In addition, the museum hosts educational programming including invited speakers, documentary workshops, and cooking courses for adults, and Basque dance classes for children. It also holds an extensive collection of historical items that document the history and heritage of Basque Americans and extends to their relatives in the Old Country. Now, an NEH grant to the museum is supporting the preservation of delicate items in the collection, ensuring that they will remain accessible to researchers and visitors.

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