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Collaboration on Projects Helps Get the Job Done

Article from Spring Newsletter

The Basque Museum & Cultural Center (BMCC) and the Cenarrusa Center for Basque Studies (CCBS) are working together again on two projects. Boise State University's Basque Migration to the New World history course is more than just textbook reading and dry lectures due to the collaboration between the two organizations. Jeff Johns, BMCC Curator, has been teaching the class the basics of exhibit design and guiding them on research. John Bieter offers the background information on Basque history and culture and the combined effort should lead to some wonderful new exhibits at the Museum that the public will enjoy.

Representatives from the Cenarrusa Center and the Basque Museum recently met with Susan Osgood, of the U.S. Forest Service, and Stan McDonald from the Bureau of Land Management, to continue the documentation of Basque tree carvings in Idaho that began last summer. Last year's project encompassed some of the area outside of Idaho City in the Boise National Forest. The crew was able to document and record information from approximately 250 trees. This year, the Forest Service will again provide volunteers through the Passport in Time, or PIT, project, and the BLM is also anxious to get involved.

Joxe Mallea, Professor of History and the University of Nevada, Reno, has agreed to act again as the primary consultant for the project. This year a week will be spent in the Sawtooth National Forest and another week in a lower area land managed by the BLM. The arborglyph project will begin immediately following Jaialdi for the first two weeks in August. Please contact the Basque Museum & Cultural Center if you know of areas with tree carvings, are interested in participating with this project, or would be willing to record data into a computer program that will be used for future research.

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