Damušis Democracy Studies Centre
of the National Library of
implementing a new project which main focus is Lithuanian re-emigration. Entitled
“30 Stories for 30 Years: The Experiences of Returning Immigrants and Their
Contribution to the Strengthening of Lithuanian Statehood” the project draws
attention to those who have returned from emigration, emphasizing the motives
of both emigration and re-emigration, peoples’ experiences, successes, and
failures. The story of American Lithuanians, Adolfas and Jadvyga Damušis,
who returned to Lithuania in 1997, also played a role in choosing this
particular topic for the new project.
To preserve the
memory of emigrants and their experiences, the implementers of the project plan
to conduct a series of interviews with Lithuanians who returned to Lithuania and
who contributed to different spheres of life in Lithuania.
A year ago, the former cultural attaché of the Republic of Lithuania in the United Kingdom, Rita Valiukonytė, handed over to the National Library of Lithuania the cultural documents of the diplomatic mission of the Republic of Lithuania in London. The archive covers the period from 1991 to 2016. Most of the documents were accumulated during the time served by two cultural attachés, Daiva Parulskienė (2008-2012) and Rita Valiukonytė (2012-2016).
The archive shows
the development of cultural relations between the Republic of Lithuania and the
UK and the efforts of the diplomatic mission to introduce the British people
with the works of prominent Lithuanian artists and the achievements of
Lithuanian scholars. It includes programs of various art events, presentations
by artists, correspondence regarding the events, press releases, reviews and
articles on Lithuanian artists, prominent Lithuanians living and working in the
UK, and recent developments in Lithuanian art and history. A separate part of
the archive is presentations of Lithuanian Jewish history and culture.
comprehensive and rich archive has become part of the Rare Books and
Manuscripts Unit of the National Library of Lithuania collection and is awaiting
its researchers and readers.