Saulute: A Repository of Precious Childhood Memories

By MILDA B. RICHARDSON. Older generations familiar with rural life in Lithuania describe how the Christmas season was traditionally one of tranquility, a time for quiet meditation. This kind of peace is hard to achieve in the frenetic urban environment. Throughout the centuries following the introduction of Christianity in Lithuania, Advent ...

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Alehouses of Vilnius

by Martin Thibault. It is a great privilege to present the readers of Lithuanian Heritage with an extract of a travelogue written by Martin Thibault, a beer connoisseur and author from Québec, Canada, who traveled to Vilnius and then throughout the Lithuanian countryside, and made some astounding discoveries regarding craft ...

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The culture of the the Lithuanian pirtis is impacting both sides of the Atlantic

By Vereta Rupeikaitė. A pirtis is a creation of both man and nature. In almost all lands where the weather gets cold, the need arose to experience complete, cleansing, body warmth and, at the same time, shake off nagging worries and negative thoughts. Heated stones splashed with water are used ...

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THE MAKING OF THE INVISIBLE FRONT

By VIDA KUPRYS. Lithuania’s guerilla resistance against the Soviet occupation was a decade-long secret war which lasted from 1944 to 1953. From its very inception it was a tragic confrontation. Hope-filled dreams of liberation by the West eventually turned to resignation. The wonted cavalry just never arrived. Images of mutilated corpses ...

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THE RETURN OF CHARLES PANSIRNA – A LEGACY UNCOVERED

By GEDIMINAS INDREIKA. The exhibit at Purdue University’s Robert L. Ringel GalleryWhat Will You Remember When I’m Gone (October 27 to December 6, 2014) offers a rare glimpse into the work of Charles Pansirna, a distinguished Lithuanian-American photographer. The exhibit also displays contemporary photographs by Owen Mundy, though primarily military portraits ...

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St. Peter Lithuanian Parish in Boston – New Challenges

By Father Stephen Žukas. St. Peter Lithuanian Parish in South Boston was established in 1895. Its church was built in 1901. The majority of its Lithuanian parishioners now live outside the neighborhood in surrounding suburbs or even in neighboring states. On September 21st, the parish celebrated its 110 year jubilee. Simona ...

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Memories of a Lithuanian July

By DALIA SHILAS. “The day of the Dance festival was spectacular, but most of my best memories are from the three days of rehearsal,” stated Sambūris dancer, Eglė Šležas. “It was a great way to meet dancers from different countries and take note of their rehearsal process. This was my first ...

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It’s mushroom and fall fruit time

MUSHROOM AND POTATO SOUP Grybų ir bulvių sriuba 5 Tbsps. butter, divided 2 leeks, chopped 2 large carrots, sliced 6 cups chicken broth 2 tsps. dried dill weed 2 tsps. salt 1 bay leaf 1/8 tsp. ground black pepper 2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and diced 1 lb. fresh mushrooms, sliced ...

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The Great war in Lithuania 1914 -1918

By Henry L. Gaidis This August commemorated the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I, one of the bloodiest in history. During the four-year conflict, over nine million combat- ants and seven million civilians died, and the struggle resulted in the demise of several great nation- states. The ...

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A Trip of Lifetime to the Bottom of the Earth

By ALEX VITKUS. Lithuanians claim to have gone global. They now live in all corners of the world, bar one – that vast stretch of earth that is beyond everyone’s grasp – Antarctica. Except for an odd research station or temporary expedition hut, Antarctica has no permanent structures, no towns, no ...

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