Jeronima "Jeri" Echeverria joined the Department of History at California State University, Fresno, in 1988 after completing her doctorate at the University of North Texas. She served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in Fresno and later as the California State University's Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. She authored Home Away from Home: A History of Basque Boarding Houses, Home Off the Range: Basque Hotels in America, and co-edited Portraits of Basques in the American West. She has published several articles on Basque settlement in the American West and is an invited speaker on Basque-American topics.
Basque boardinghouses in Oregon
Oregon’s earliest Basque settlers arrived in the late 1880s from northern California, Nevada, and southwestern Idaho. Many Basques who moved from California did so after the imposition of California's "fence laws" in the late 1870s. Those from northern Nevada and southern Idaho sought the relatively unsettled plains of southeastern Oregon. …