july 2019

wed24jul10:00 am11:00 amSpeaker: Iker Saitua on John Dangberg and Basque Immigration

Event Details

Iker Saitua, a researcher of the history of Basque people in the United States, will present “Vital to the Industry: John B. Dangberg, Basque Immigrants, and Nevada’s Sheep Industry in World War II” on Wednesday, July 24, at 10:00am.
This lecture explores how John Dangberg, the second son of Dangberg Land & Live Stock Co. founder H. F. Dangberg, headed a group of Western wool growers to recruit Basque immigrants during the Second World War, when demand for all kinds of labor rose.
Saitua is a Basque Government Postdoctoral Fellow in history at the University of California, Riverside. He received his PhD from University of Nevada, Reno in 2016. Later, he presented his dissertation at the University of the Basque Country in northern Spain, receiving summa cum laude honors.
Born and raised in the Basque Country, Saitua holds two PhD degrees, with specialties concerning immigration, labor, livestock grazing, international relations, and the American West. His work has focused largely on the intersections between agricultural labor, natural resources, and livestock raising. He is an expert on Basque immigration and the sheep industry of the West, and is the author of Basque Immigrants and Nevada’s Sheep Industry: Geopolitics and the Making of an Agricultural Workforce, 1880-1954 (University of Nevada Press, 2019).
The 2019 Dangberg Summer Festival is sponsored by Douglas County, Nevada, Bently Heritage, Carson Valley Accounting, Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dr. James the Dentist and Associates, Edward Jones Investments – Tim Cleveland, Horse Tales, Carson Valley Inn Casino, Holiday Inn Express & Suites Minden, Jacobs Family Berry Farm, Nevada State Bank – Minden Branch and the Frances C. and William P. Smallwood Foundation.
This is a free event. Please bring your own seating and no pets allowed – service animals only.
The Dangberg ranch house will be open for one hour before the events for anyone who would like an introduction to the Dangberg family history and the park’s artifact collection.


(Wednesday) 10:00 am - 11:00 am