Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques


(Ellis Island, New York: Feb – May 2010; Basque Museum & Cultural Center: Sept 2010- April 2013)

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques was created as a temporary exhibition originally displayed for a three month period at Ellis Island in New York City in 2010. 300,000 people visited the exhibit in New York and in September of 2010, it was installed at the Basque Museum & Cultural Center in Boise, Idaho.  Beginning in the mid-1400s, Basques began leaving their homeland for better opportunities.  Mostly identified throughout history as being Spanish or French, Basques were not often given credit for their accomplishments and contributions to world, national and local history as explorers, missionaries, athletes, composers, politicians, and sheepherders.  The exhibit focuses on the story of Basque immigration to the U.S. but also covers a wide range of topics about the culture. In June of 2011 this exhibit received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History. 

Hidden in Plain Sight: The Basques is available as a traveling exhibit in both a large and smaller format, visit the Traveling Exhibits page for more information.