Save the Date
Saturday, Sept. 25 @ 2pm ~ Ema Kibirkštis Lecture: Mounds of Meanings: Investigating the Histories of Lithuania’s Kryžių kalnas (“Hill of Crosses”)
Saturday, December 4, 2021 ~ Museum Excellence Award Dinner Honoring Archbishop Gintaras Grušas
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Aleksandras Plenys Collection of Chicago Lithuanian Opera Recordings
Add Your Voice to our Oral History Project!
In celebration of 150 years of Lithuanian immigration to the United States, the Balzekas Museum is launching an exciting new project entitled: “Lithuanian Life and Landmarks in America”. Collecting and preserving oral histories of Lithuanian immigrants and their descendants throughout the United States is integral to this project. These histories and the Museum’s archives will be used to develop both physical and online exhibits as well as interactive maps and tours documenting where and how Lithuanian Americans lived, worked, studied, prayed, and played.
To ensure the history and contributions of Lithuanian Americans are preserved for future generations, the Balzekas Museum invites Lithuanian immigrants and their descendants throughout the United States to fill out the following questionnaire:
The Balzekas Museum programs and operations are partially supported by grants from the Illinois Humanities, the Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Lithuanian Foundation, the City of Chicago, DCASE, Lithuanian Ministry of Culture, and Museum members and donors. The Balzekas Museum gratefully acknowledges these individuals and entities for their support.
The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture greatly acknowledges the support of the following grant-making organizations:
Museum tours to Lithuania expected to resume in 2022
Currently all Balzekas Museum tours to Lithuania are paused. However, as more and more US residents become vaccinated, we remain hopeful that our popular tours to Lithuania will once again resume in Spring 2022. If you would like to receive updated travel information, please complete the Museum’s Travel Updates form.
For up-to-date Covid-19 information in Lithuania, we recommend visiting the US Embassy’s website’s page in Vilnius, Lithuania: https://lt.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/
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Please submit your name and email below to receive the Zoom link to the program and access to the opera on the Balzekas Museum Vimeo Channel.
1. WITH COMMENTARY (Available soon)
Watch the 2/13/2021 Zoom presentation of Part I with commentary by musicologist Prof. Darius Kučinskas, film producer Arvydas Reneckis, and guests, including Natalija Vaznelis, the widow of baritone Jonas Vaznelis, who plays Mephistopheles in this production>>>
2. WITHOUT COMMENTARY
A Night at the Opera
The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture presents the 1996 Chicago Lithuanian Opera production of Banaitis’s “Juratė ir Kastytis”:
Please click the image below to watch the opera directly on the Balzekas Museum's Vimeo Channel: https://vimeo.com/478189904
This program is supported in part by grants from the Lithuanian Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, the City of Chicago, DCASE and CityArts, as well as contributions from Museum members and private donors. The Balzekas Museum gratefully acknowledges all donors for their support as well as project partner, the Martynas Mažvydas Lithuanian National Library, and its grantor, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania.
A Weekly Visit to the Museum
A weekly virtual tour
of the Museum’s collections
This program is supported in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council Agency, Illinois Humanities, the City of Chicago, DCASE, CityArts, as well as contributions from Museum members and private donors. The Balzekas gratefully acknowledges these donors for their support.