The Basque Museum

The Basque Museum
Boise, Ada County

  • Grants: 1993, two in 1999, 2003-2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2019, 2021, 2022 (video conversion)

Location: 611 Grove Street, Boise, Idaho 83702

Cyrus Jacobs Uberuaga HouseCyrus Jacobs was a pioneer merchant and leading citizen of Boise when the town was founded in 1863. The house is the oldest surviving brick building in Boise. In 1895 the marriage of William E. Borah and Mamie McConnell took place in the front parlor. The Uberuagas, a Basque family, acquired the house in the early 1900s, and it was made into a boarding house. It served as a social center for young Basque sheepherders. The house and adjacent Museum complex function as the only Basque Museum in the United States.

Digitizing Oral Histories – The Basque Community History Project has been an ongoing project for a few decades. Staff, contract workers, and volunteers have worked to record 215 video interviews as well as edit and process them. 16,000 photos have been donated to the project for the use of the Basque Community History portion of the Basque Museums website. An additional 10,000 documents have been secured including WWI draft registration cards, naturalization records, census records, and other documents. The goal of this project is to make the information more easily accessible.

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