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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT NEWS RELEASE
Elko District Office
 
Release Date: 12/03/12
Contacts: Jan Petersen , 775-738-1849 , jpetersen@blm.gov
News Release No. 2012-013

"Basque Herders: The End of an Era" Program at the California Trail Center


Elko, Nev.—Learn about the influences of the Basque on Elko’s culture and landscape at a free presentation at the California Trail Center on Sunday, Dec. 9 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.  Join Kent McAdoo of the University of Nevada, Reno-Extension Service for a slide program on “Basque Herders: The End of An Era,” as McAdoo discusses the influences of the Basque and the reasons behind their decline as workers in the sheep ranching industry.

Children are invited to participate in a Christmas craft activity and can help decorate the Center’s Christmas tree during McAdoo’s presentation.

Visitors will also be able to experience the exhibits highlighting the history of the westward movement from 1841-1869. The gift shop is newly stocked with books, clothing, toys, cookbooks, gift baskets and maps. A commemorative Trail Center Christmas ornament shop is the highlight of the store this season to mark the opening of the Center this past summer.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Trail Center welcomes school and tour groups. Admission is free. Visit www.californiatrailcenter.org or http://on.doi.gov/CTCElko or call (775) 738-1849 for more information.



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Last updated: 12-04-2012