Michel Antoine Goitia-Nicolas
Speaking about European-Creole and Cajun Basques of Louisiana
Many family names prevalent in Louisiana have Basque origins. The Basques are indigenous people of northern Spain and southern France who have lived along the western Pyrenees Mountains. Michel Antoine Goitia-Nicolas, president of the Louisiana Basque Society and Cultural Society also known as LABASCO, will speak about Basque history and explain Basque names from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 7 at the Slidell Branch Library, 555 Robert Blvd., Slidell and from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23 at the Causeway Branch Library, 3457 Hwy 190, Mandeville.
The lecture will include such topics as prehistoric Basques in ancient history, the rise of the Basques, discoveries and explorations of the Basques, Saint Dominque and the Creole Basque, and Basque names and faces of today.
Michel-Antoine Goitia-Nicolas is currently the President of LABASCO, which promotes Basque Cultural awareness throughout Louisiana. He lectures on Basque History in relation to Louisiana & the Gulf South region. Goitia-Nicolas attended Champagne Urbana University where he was the youngest student in attendance. He continued his studies at UCLA, Boston College, and completed a Theological degree at seminaries, in New York, Athens, Greece and Russia. He speaks nine languages.
The event is free and open to the public, and registration is recommended. Light refreshments will be available. Seating space is limited to adults. Registration begins two weeks prior to the program date. Register by calling the Slidell Branch, 985-646-6470 or the Causeway Branch, 985-626-9779, or register online at register.stpl.us/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp.