Discussion on the Preservation of Lithuanian Identity Abroad

The debate about emigration, the Lithuanian identity crisis and global Lithuania is still ongoing in Lithuania. On August 14, 2018, the National Library of Lithuania hosted a discussion about how to preserve Lithuanian identity in the world organized by the Center of Lithuanian Language and Culture.

Every summer in August, the Center organizes a month-long Lithuanian language and culture course. Almost 100 students – from China to Argentina – participate in this summer’s course. Some students are of Lithuanian descent, while others, and there are many of them, want to study Lithuanian language because of their deep interest in Lithuanian culture. Vilma Leonavičienė, the director of the Center, noted that every participant has an exciting story about his relation to Lithuania to tell. For some students the summer language course is the first chance to get acquainted with Lithuania and its people, since they have only heard about this country from their grandparents or great-grandparents. However, there is a substantial group of students who have been returning to the summer language course in Vilnius.

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Lemonade recipe dated from 1822*

*Encyclopèdie domestique, recuile del procèdès et del recettes, Paris, 1822

  • 4 lemons
  • a pint of water
  • half a pound of sugar

Cut off the lemon peel as much and as deeply as possible. Remove the albedo– the white flesh in between the peel and the fruit. Then, into a pint of water**, squeeze out the lemon juice, add the half pound of sugar and let rest for two to three hours.

**The water’s quantity can be increased according to taste. As well, you can alter the taste by replacing with carbonated water.

Bon Appetit!

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A Package from France

This monday morning, a package reached the National Library sent from Toulouse (France). It was filled and sent by Christiane Prioult (born 1926). Her father, Albert Pierre Prioult, was a professor in Vytautas Magnus University during Lithuania’s interwar years and WWII. National Library (Rare books and Manuscripts Unit) preserves his collection. You can read more about the Honoré de Balzac expert A. P. Prioult in the newest edition of “Tarp knygų” (2018. Nr. 6, pg. 23-27).

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National Library of Lithuania at the World Lithuanian Events in Vilnius

Dalia Grybauskaitė, the President of the Republic of Lithuania, visited the exhibition created by the Lithuanian Studies Unit. Photo credit: Presidential Palace of the Republic of Lithuania / R. Dačkus.

Thousands of Lithuanians living abroad came to Lithuania to celebrate country’s 100 anniversary of independence this summer. The National Library of Lithuania participated in and organized and hosted several events.

On July 1, the Lithuanian Studies Unit of the Documentary Heritage Research Department presented its travelling exhibition “Lithuanian Publishing in Post-WWII Europe” as part of the event “100 Faces of Lithuania – Let’s Connect Lithuania” in Vilnius City Hall Square. The exhibition reflects the situation of Lithuanians in the displaced persons’ camps in Western countries after WWII. Continue reading

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The Order for Merits to Lithuania

Dalia Cidzikaitė at her work desk at the National
Library of LIthuania

On July 6, 2018 Dr. Dalia Cidzikaitė, senior researcher of the Lithuanian Studies Unit of Documentary Heritage Research Department at the National Library of Lithuania, was awarded the Order for Merits to Lithuania. The award is presented by the President of Lithuania. Dalia is a former editor-in-chief of the American-Lithuanian newspaper “Draugas,” since 2014, she is the representative of the Lithuanian American Community, Inc. in Lithuania.

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A Book on Lithuanian-Polish Relations

On July 4, Dr. Giedrė Milerytė-Japertienė, the head of the Lithuanian Studies Unit of the Documentary Heritage Research Department at the National Library of Lithuania, presented her monograph “Imagining Lithuanian-Polish Relations in Emigration from 1945 to 1990.” The monograph examines the fifty-year Lithuanian-Polish relations in emigration – real contacts as well as ideas, cultivated in private intellectual gatherings, which marked mutual cooperation or provoked hatred. It also highlights a wide debate in the press about the future of Lithuania and Poland, and the attempts to answer the question: What ideas and who in particular resulted in today’s harmonious relationship of the two neighboring countries?

The book will be soon published in Poland. The monograph was financially supported by the Research Council of Lithuania and published by the National Library of Lithuania.

The author is signing her book.

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