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IN THE NAME OF A FREE LITHUANIA. THE LITHUANIAN AMERICAN TRADITION OF SUPPORTING LITHUANIA

6 July–26 September 2021

The exhibition to be held at the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, In the name of a free Lithuania. The Lithuanian American tradition of supporting Lithuania, presents to the broader public the history of the Lithuanian diaspora in the United States of America and their deeds contributing to the restoration and maintenance of Lithuanian statehood, as well as the formation and continuity of the tradition of showing support for Lithuania. The decision to open the exhibition on July 6, such a symbolic day in the history of Lithuanian statehood, is quite deliberate. The contribution to Lithuanian statehood made by the Lithuanian diaspora in the United States, where the largest Lithuanian émigré communities are found, has been particularly significant, encompassing the political, economic and also cultural aspects. The support of Lithuanian Americans for Lithuania during difficult periods in its history served as a critical form of moral backing. In turn, it was very important for emigrants who found themselves surrounded by other cultures not to lose their own Homeland. For them, Lithuanianness became the foundation of moral, cultural and religious life – a centre of consciousness that let them hold onto their Lithuanian identity, and at the same time, it gave them the freedom to act and take real steps towards securing international recognition for Lithuania, and to support their fellow countrymen and women. A Lithuanian identity was fostered by those for whom Lithuania remained the fortress of their hearts, the purpose of their conscious dedication. It is written in the Lithuanian Charter (1949), an document important to the entire Lithuanian diaspora, “A Lithuanian strives to defend and maintain the independent Lithuanian state through one's deeds, academic pursuits, wealth and dedication”. This fine tradition of supporting Lithuania in various aspects and fields is being continued to this day.

This exhibition presenting the history and tradition of Lithuanian American support for Lithuania is being held on the second floor of the Exhibition Centre at the National Museum – Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania. Visitors will be able to familiarise themselves with many exhibits from different collections belonging to Lithuania's museums, libraries, archives and private collections. Following a chronological order, the exhibition has been divided into five thematic parts.


2021-06-23
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