Mrs. Freda Cenarrusa participates in Gure Esku Dago with a message from the Diaspora.
In Memory of Pete
This Feb. 4, 2010 file photo shows Pete Cenarrusa in Boise, Idaho. Cenarrusa, a Basque-American who held state office in Idaho uninterrupted for more than five decades, has died, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. He was 95. (AP Photo/Idaho Statesman, Darin Oswald, file). To read the Cenarrusa Foundation Board's declaration - click here
To read Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa's moving eulogy for Pete - click here.
For more about Pete and his remarkable life - click here.
The Cenarrusa Foundation for Basque Culture was founded in 2003 as the Cenarrusa Center for Basque Studies. Our goal was to preserve, educate and connect the Basque community and the the world through research, projects and educational opportunities by establishing a Basque Studies program at Boise State University.
The success of that effort and the overall program's success was a joint effort between educators, business and cultural groups from the Basque community in Boise, Idaho and the efforts of Boise's Basque Museum and Cultural Center and the Basque Government.
The Cenarrusa Foundation is a cultural advancement and funding organization in support of the Basque cultural experience in Idaho and Eastern Oregon founded by Pete Cenarrusa.
Pete and Freda have also reached another milestone with the publication of Pete's memoir in November 2009. Bizkaia to Boise by Quane Kenyon with Pete T. Cenarrusa chronicles Pete's heritage and life from his family's ancestral home in Euskadi to his career in Idaho politics.
As Governor Otter put it in his preface "You will get some perspective on the teacher, coach, legislator, house speaker, secretary of state, confidante of governors (and critic of some), touchstone for the powerful, friend of the powerless, advocate for farmers, ranchers and sheepherders, and—always—champion of the Basques."