The Basque Influence in Louisiana

ANITA YOUNG Ascension Parish Library

The Ascension Parish Library presents Michel-Antoine Goitia-Nicolas speaking on The Basque Influence in Louisiana on Thursday, Feb. 13, at 6:00 p.m. in Dutchtown. Goitia-Nicolas, born in Canada and resident of New Orleans since 1984, founded a nonprofit group, the Louisiana Basque American Society and Cultural Organization, or LABASCO, in 2003 to promote Basque Cultural awareness throughout Louisiana. Few locals identify themselves as Basque heritage, but from Abadie to Zatarain, dozens of longtime local families can trace their origins back to the Basque region that straddles the border between France and Spain according to Goitia-Nicolas.

This presentation will begin with Basques in prehistoric and ancient history, covering the rise of the Basque nation, to world-wide Basque influences and contributions including Basque creoles and Basque names and faces found in Louisiana today. Mr. Goiter-Nicolas, president of LABASCO, attended Champagne Urbana University and continued his studies at UCLA and Boston College. He also completed a Theological degree at seminaries in New York; Athens, Greece; and Russia.

If you are interested in local history and genealogy, you will find this free presentation especially informative. Seating is limited; for more information on this program or to register, call 673-8699.