Iker Saitua, a doctoral student at the University of Nevada, Reno, will present his research on Basque immigration 10 a.m. Saturday at the Dangberg Home Ranch Historic Park.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
In “Come Back to the Flocks: When John Dangberg Battled to Bring Basque Sheepherders to the Great Basin, 1939-1945,” Saitua, who is a native of the Basque country, will consider the role of Carson Valley’s John Dangberg in promoting Basque immigration.
Dangberg was one of the main defenders of the recruitment of Basque labor to the Great Basin, and allied with Nevada’s Sen. Patrick McCarran to bring Basques to supply the labor needs of the Dangberg Land & Live Stock Co. and other ranches.
Throughout the twentieth century, the sheep industry was integral in the development of the Nevada, with the Basques playing a key role in the industry’s labor force.
Although not all Basque immigrants in the United States were employed in the livestock industry, from the 1880s to the 1920s a significant number of them came to the United States, with the West as their primarily destination. Saitua will discuss how the World War II labor shortage motivated Dangberg and other ranchers to organize and bring additional Basque laborers to watch their flocks.
Seating and shade are provided for this event, and visitors are welcome to bring their own comfortable lawn chair.
The park is located at 1450 Highway 88, ¾ mile south of the Carson Valley Swim Center.
Additional information is available at www.dangberghomeranch.org, or at 783-9417.