San Francisco, CA. The Basque Cultural Center in San Francisco was the site last Tuesday of a presentation of the Lehendakari Agirre Center, a think tank presided by Basque former president Juan Jose Ibarretxe. The center has support from the US universities of Columbia and George Mason and is named after Lehendakari Jose Antonio Agirre who led the Basque Government during the war of 1936, and during its subsequent exile. During his exile in New York, Agirre was a Professor at Columbia and so the center is using his name as a symbol of his legacy in the Basque Country as well as in the US.
Ibarretxe’s presentation at the BCC brought together a large group of Basque-Californians, including Valerie Arrechea, President of NABO and the Basque Cultural Center; Christian Iribarren San Francisco Basque Club president; Phillippe Acheritogaray, former BCC president and current San Francisco Basque club treasurer, as well as members from both Basque clubs and the Bay Area Basque community.
[Members of the California Basque community, Philippe Acheritogaray, Xabier Berrueta, and Christian Iribarren posing with Juan Jose Ibarretxe (photo SFBCC)]