Sparks Museum & Cultural Center will be opening its new temporary exhibit entitled Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques on Feb. 2, 2016. This exhibit is a miniature version of the original that stood on Ellis Island and was seen by more than 300,000 tourists in 2010.
The exhibit tells of the unique origins, language and history of the Basque people, along with their contributions throughout history. It illustrates the strong cultural connection the Basques in the United States have with their homeland. Covering every part of the Basque culture from immigration to music and dance, boarding houses to mythology and famous Basques, this exhibit is not one to miss. Learn about the unique Basque language, unlike any other language in the world, understand the reasons that Basques were so successful in the sheepherding industry, and explore reasons for their perseverance throughout history. Former Governor of Nevada, Paul Laxalt even makes an appearance among the many influential Basques throughout history.
Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques is a traveling exhibit from the Basque Museum & Cultural Center located in Boise, Idaho. The Basque Museum & Cultural Center serves at the only Basque museum in the United States. It showcases Basque history and culture in Idaho, the American West and beyond, concentrating on education. Home of the only Basque language preschool in the United States, Boiseko Ikastola, the Basque Museum & Cultural Center also hopes to continue the Basque language and culture at a young age in order to keep the culture alive and thriving. The mission of the Museum is to preserve, promote and perpetuate Basque history and culture. It serves as an international leader showcasing Basque history and culture and connecting people the Basque experiences in the world.
The Sparks Museum & Cultural Center’s mission is to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of Sparks and the Truckee Meadows for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations. The Sparks Museum is located at 814 Victorian Ave., on the corner of Pyramid Way, just off Interstate-80. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday.