Basque New Books
The Basque Library was saddened to hear of the death of Pete Cenarussa. He died, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. He was 95.
October 2013 by Shannon Sisco
He was born in Carey, Idaho December 16, 1917 to Joe and Ramona Cenarrusa. They emigrated from the South Basque Country cities of Munitibar and Gernika. They developed a substantial range sheep business and became naturalized American citizens. Pete learned the Basque language at home prior to attending school. He held state office in Idaho uninterrupted for more than five decades. Cenarrusa was an activist for increased autonomy in the Basque Country. In the 1970s he worked with the Democratic U.S. Senator from Idaho, Frank Church, to end foreign aid to the Franco regime. Cenarrusa also appealed for clemency for Basque political prisoners in Spain. In 2003, Pete and Freda Cenarrusa organized the Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture (originally the Cenarrusa Center for Basque Studies), which promotes the culture and history of the Basques by providing resources for performances, presentations and programs and to organizations throughout Idaho and Oregon. Cenarussa was also helpful in the founding of the Basque Studies Program at Boise State University in 2006.(AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald, Feb. 4, 2010 file photo).
Nevada National Guard Diversity and Inclusion Day
September 2013 by Shannon Sisco
When Jose D. Escobar, Jr. (TSgt USAF ANG 152 IS/CCQ) contacted us about helping with their National Guard Diversity and Inclusion Day we were thrilled. After looking through our archive of photos and physical artifacts, TSgt Escobar selected materials to use for his table at the event. Brigadier General William Burks issued a Certificate of Appreciation for our assistance.