Home Away From Home: A History Of Basque Boardinghouses (The by Jeromina Echeverria

By Jeromina Echeverria

A completely researched learn of the preferred establishment serving New global Basquesboardinghouses.

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Whatever the conclusion in these matters, few will argue with a Basque about the uniqueness of his or her culture. Perhaps the most persuasive argument is that for centuries Basques have spoken of themselves as a unique people and believed it fervently. Many scholars have likewise written about Basques as the "mystery people" of Europe, and this emphasis has tended to inflate their image as Page 16 a unique ethnic group. In a study of Basques in the New World, especially those who made their way to the ostatuak, very little of the "mystery" discussion is relevant.

San Francisco's Basque Town, ca. 1899, 92 11. San Francisco's Post-Quake Hotels, 96 12. Noriega Hotel, Bakersfield, 106 13. Reno's Basque Town, 141 14. Communities with Ostatuak in Nevada, 150 15. Communities with Ostatuak in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming, and Montana, 161 16. Boise's Basque Town, 1920S, 177 17. Communities with Ostatuak in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington, 187 18. 1 Boardinghouses Still Operating in California and Nevada, 243 Page xii Page xiii Preface For the past century and a half, Basque immigrants have relied upon the ostatua Amerikanuak (hotels and boardinghouses of the American Basques) to help them find their way in the American West.

When I was younger, my parents David and Sofia took me, my brother, and sister to Robidart's Centro Vasco Hotel, to La Puente's Valley Hotel, and to Bakersfield's Noriega and Amestoy Hotels. With them, in these settings, we learned about the ostatuak firsthand. Years later, under the tutelage of generous and patient mentors William A. Douglass, Richard W. Etulain, and Gus Seligmann, this work developed into a scholarly pursuit. Without Seligmann's encouragement, Douglass's vision, and Etulain's editorial guidance, the project would not have materialized.

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