Between Giants

By GEDIMINAS INDREIKA. History books by American authors rarely touch upon the subject of how the Baltic States became the victims of the Soviet Union’s aggression. Lithuanians educated in the Soviet era often do not understand their nation’s past because the history they were taught was deliberately distorted, portraying Russia ...

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Ninety Five Years of Lithuanian Scouting

By  DR. VILIUS DUNDZILA. Lithuanian Scouting celebrated its 95th Anniversary in 2013. Lord Robert BadenPowell founded scouting to teach leadership and citizenship skills to inner city youth, by “playing games with a purpose.” His wife Lady Olave Baden-Powell mentored the world-wide Girl Guide (Girl Scout) movement. The first scout camp ...

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Children Need Education and Love: Fifteen Years of the Child’s Gate to Learning

By RAMUNĖ KUBILIUS. In 1997, at the 10th World Lithuanian Symposium on Arts and Sciences in Chicago, social workers from Lithuania presented the sad and disturbing state of Lithuania’s street children. Their growing numbers, dismal living conditions and inadequate government programs dealing with the problem shocked symposium attendees. The children ...

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Hot soups for chilly winter days

SAUERK RAUT  SOUP Raugintų  kopūstų  sriuba 1 lb. sauerkraut,  drained 1 lb. meat, pork or beef 1 onion,  quartered 1 carrot, grated 4 peppercorns 2 bay leaves Salt to taste Cut meat into medium pieces,  cover with cold water and bring to a boil, remove scum. Add sauerkraut and onion. ...

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Seeking Lithuania’s Past in Belarus

On each of our trips to Vilnius, my husband Paul and I make it a point to leave Old Town, where we always base ourselves and spend most of our time, to stroll along Gediminas Prospect in New Town. It’s a one-mile walk along a route lined with cafes and ...

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Monadnock Chorus embraces the Lithuanian Choral Tradition

By ILONA W. KWIECIEN. “I would like to thank The Monadnock Chorus for this beautiful concert. Thank you for honoring our country, for representing our culture. Thank You for bringing us together and exposing our wonderful Lithuanian heritage! It is a gift to us!” – extolled Dalia Shilas, one of ...

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VARŠKĖČIAI (Gnocchi? Dough pillows?)

By JULIJA PETKUS. This recipe is not my family’s recipe because there is no set recipe, just a general set of guidelines for how to make these wonderful little pillows. My grandma says that varš kėčiai (or selnėkai) are all about the texture. The dough cannot be grainy or dry, ...

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Aš myliu Lietuva : Studying abroad in Lithuania

By BRIANNA MARTH. I am a senior in the College of Business at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, graduating this semester with a degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship Management with a specialty in Marketing. My university is part of the MAUI-Utrecht exchange studies program. Vilnius University is also part of ...

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What every little girl wants for Christmas or It takes an artist to create a Barbie

Lithuanian American Sculptor and Artist Jurgis Šapkus BY RAIMUNDAS MARIUS LAPAS. Meet the legend that so many of us grew up with in the 60s and 70s. Her full name is Barbie Millicent Roberts. Her height was 11.5 inches. She made her debut in 1959 at the International Toy Convention ...

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Traditional Kūčios Dishes

CHRISTMAS COMPOTE Vaisių kompotas 4 cups water 1 (8-ounce) package mixed dried fruit 1 cup pitted prunes 1 cup dried apples ½ cup golden raisins 4 cloves Juice of 1 lemon 1 cinnamon stick ½ cup fruit brandy or kirsch (optional) In large saucepan, combine water, mixed fruit, cloves and ...

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