July 2022 – Present
Komunitatea! [Community] The Story of Basques in Communities Throughout the West is the culmination of research conducted by museum staff and volunteers various organizations, family donations of photographs and documents and interviews. It showcases unique stories about Basques in the communities in which they’ve gathered in five states in the American West.
Originally scheduled to open in 2020, the kick-off was delayed due to the pandemic. The work of processing photos and video and audio oral history interviews by the Community History Team has continued and we’re pleased to be able to bring wonderful stories and photographs to our patrons and visitors. Komunitatea! will utilize two gallery areas of the Museum focusing on several themes including immigration, home, occupations, culture and activities Basques have undertaken to preserve and share Basque history and culture with the communities where they live. Sharing individual stories in each area will help the visitor to better understand the culture as a whole.
Through photographs, artifacts, documents, and oral history stories via interactive components, the exhibit will encourage the visitor to explore his/her own story.