Nearly 5,300 people of Basque origin live in Nevada, according to the 2008-2012 American Community Survey data, making the "Silver State" the third largest with Basque presence after California, with nearly 21,000, and Idaho, with nearly 6,700.
Basques have played an important role in the region's history, and in celebration of that history, the University of Nevada, Reno's Center for Basque Studies and Nevada Wolf Shop have joined with the Center for Student Cultural Diversity to host European Heritage Month in March with an emphasis on Basque culture.
A series of cultural events are planned, including "mus," classes for the Basque card game; a presentation on Basque sheepherders and boarding-house cooking by the owners of the Basque restaurant JT Bar and Dining Room in Gardnerville, Nev.; a performance and lesson on Basque dancing with Reno's Basque club Zazpiak Bat; a documentary film on change in the rural French-Basque country; a presentation on the history of the Basque language Euskara; and an exhibition of Basque cultural and political posters. Free tours of the University's Basque Library are also available.
Check out the full calendar of events. For more information, contact the Center for Basque Studies at 775-784-4854 or the Center for Student Cultural Diversity at 775-784-4936.