Lithuanian Soldiers in the French Imperial Guard of Napoleon Bonaparte A Presentation by Historian, Educator, Lawyer, & Collector Richard Jasinski
Napoleon's Imperial Guard
Friday, September 22, 2017@ 7 pm
Lithuanian Soldiers in the French Imperial Guard of Napoleon Bonaparte
Presentation by historian, lawyer and collector Richard Jasinski
Location: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago IL 60629
Admission: $10 | Museum Members Free
Light refreshments will be served.
For more information and registration, please call the Museum at 773-582-6500 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
The focus of this presentation is the origin and evolution of Napoleon Bonaparte’s Imperial Guard which expanded to include two exclusively Lithuanian regiments. Organization, unit histories, uniforms, equipment, battles and notable Lithuanian personalities will be discussed.
Learn how Lithuanians participated in arguably the most successful light cavalry charge in military history, how they repeatedly rescued and saved Napoleon from his enemies, how they were awarded titles of nobility, estates, pensions, and membership in the French Legion of Honor, and how and why Lithuanians joined Napoleon in exile on the island of Elba. Finally, related remarks will be made about the women in Napoleon’s life. His two wives and his secret love: a Polish countess. Included will be the role of the guard in his personal life.
You will see: Unique and original equipment, artifacts, documents, prints, and drawings.
These programs are made possible in part by grants from the Illinois Arts Council and ECPC
Thru Oct. 30, 2017 – Poster Exhibit: “Views of the Native Land” at the Lithuanian Embassy, Washington, D.C.
Poster Exhibit: "Views of the Native Land" Early 20th Century Lithuanian Americans Celebrate the Land, the Past, and Freedom
May 4 – October 30, 2017
Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
2622 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
“Views of the Native Land: Early 20th Century Lithuanian Americans Celebrate the Land, the Past, and Freedom” an exhibition of historic posters from the collections of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, will be on display at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington, D.C. from May 4 to October 30, 2017.
The first decades of the twentieth century witnessed the continuation of cultural, social, and political activism in Lithuanian American communities, as evidenced in posters from the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture featured in this exhibition. Authored and published by several sources from approximately 1919 to the early 1950s, the posters depict the jubilation of Lithuanian Americans at achieving independence, a yearning for their ancestral land, and a recognition of the promise and opportunity provided by their adopted country, the United States of America. The posters themselves were used as advertisements for Lithuanian stores, as calendars, and for other patriotic and community purposes.
ADDRESS: 2622 16th Str., NW Washington, DC 20009
Anna Reich Presents “No One Asked Us” Collective memory, identity, and landscape in Lithuania
“No One Asked Us” is a collection of Anna Reich photographs considering collective memory, identity, and landscape in Lithuania. These images document the generational effects of war, occupations, and human rights infringements on various communities across the country. The work presents details of the ways in which the people and landscape have been shaped and reshaped, the way cultural symbolism and significance has been assigned, stripped, and applied anew, and the effects of prolonged change on identity and the human condition. The various generations of people included in this work are the heart of this project. They represent a population that has consistently faced dramatic, and often traumatic, social, political, and cultural changes that altered the most essential aspects of their daily life. Even today in a free republic, the people of Lithuania continue to live among ever-present physical reminders of a very difficult past.
About Anna Reich
Anna Reich was born in Woodland, a farming community in Northern California. In her artistic practice, which combines photography, video, and performance, she consistently challenges herself to make work that engages with the idea of access. Her work focuses on individual identity and the various forces that construct and alter it. In previous projects she worked with migrant workers in California, Icelandic fisherman, and U.S. Military personnel. Reich began working with newly enlisted military personnel in 2008 on Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt, a 4-year project that followed them through enlistment, deployment, and post deployment. The experience of making this work inspired her to volunteer at Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Boston and Chicago, specifically at the Psycho-social Recreation and Rehabilitation Centers, where she spent 18 months (20+ hrs/week) teaching coping strategies and re-assimilation skills to veterans with post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries, and combat related psychological disorders.
This volunteer work assisted in her scholarly research in Lithuania during a Fulbright Research Grant 2013-2014. Reich’s work with victims of the Nazi and Soviet Occupations that developed during her Fulbright Research Grant inspired a subsequent project with a focus narrowed to Lithuanian veterans from the Soviet war in Afghanistan, which was funded by an Artist as Activist Travel/Research Grant from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. The resulting photographic project examines the lives of Lithuanian Veterans during the Soviet War in Afghanistan from 1979-1989 and through their reassimilation into Lithuanian society. This work is the culmination of 8 years of ongoing investigation into the psychological toll of war and trauma and a rarely seen perspective of life 20 years after combat experience. For three months, Reich interacted with 22 veterans in their homes and throughout their daily routines to create images that provide an intimate and unvarnished portrayal of their reality. Reich’s collaborator, The Lithuanian Association of Veterans of the Afghanistan War, is unique in its willingness and desire to research – and participate in research about – combat related stress, and promote awareness of PTSD – a subject historically taboo in post-Soviet societies. The book generated by this investigation, which features transcripts of interviews with each veteran, addresses the often overlooked lasting realities of war, opens a dialogue about coping with PTSD, and increases awareness of the psychological effects of war violence and trauma. The book provides insight into the experiences of not only the Lithuanian veterans from the Soviet war in Afghanistan, but also veterans from all countries formerly occupied by the Soviet Union who face the same struggles and challenges.
Reich completed her Bachelor’s of Art at University of California at Davis and her Master’s of Fine Art at the Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College. She has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, the U.S. Fulbright Program, and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Reich is currently an Assistant Professor at Augustana University. Her photography can be seen at www.annareich.com.
World Dumpling Fest
Saturday, October 7th, 2017@ 11am-5pm
World Dumpling Fest
World Dumpling Fest, the kickoff event to Inherit Chicago, will feature dumplings of the world from Chicago’s best ethnic restaurants, cultural performances that preview of programs to come throughout the month in the neighborhoods, and heritage-based artisans selling original crafts and artwork.
Lithuanian culture will be represented by the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Grandis Dance Group, and artist Agne Sabonis
Location: Millennium Park – Chase Promenade South
Oct. 21: Celebrate Genealogy & Family History Day At Harold Washington Library Center
Genealogy and Family History Day Is October 21 at Harold Washington Library Center
Save the date to celebrate Family History Month with Genealogy and Family History Day on October 21 at Harold Washington Library Center. The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture will lend its expertise to this event.
- Harold Washington LibraryCenter
- 400 S. State Street
- (312) 747-4300
Chicago Genealogy 101 with Grace DuMelle:
Learn about the challenges of searching for your Windy City relations; look for address and street name changes and search historical newspapers. Discover geographic and government sources—fire insurance maps, probate cases and inquest records—that can open a window into your ancestors’ world.
Looking for European Roots with Caron Brennan:
If you’re ready to “cross the pond” in your research, this presentation offers you ideas of where to find European records.
DNA Tests Results – A Power Tool in the Genealogist’s Toolbox with Karen Stanbary:
Learn the many different ways that DNA test results can confirm and advance documentary research.
Breaking Through Your Brick Wall with Melisa Limonowski:
Have you just started researching your family? Or are you well into your research, but have gotten stuck along the way? This event is for you.
These events run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ask a Genealogist
Professional genealogists and librarians are available for short, one-on-one consultations.
Photo Scanning with Project Backup
Get up to 10 photos scanned to a USB device (provided free of charge).
Genealogy & Family History Expo
Speak with representatives from:
- NARA Great Lakes
- Chicago Genealogical Society
- Polish Genealogical Society
- Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
- National Hellenic Museum
- Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society
- Computer Assisted Genealogical Group of Northern Illinois
- Archdiocese of Chicago Archives and Records Center
- Czech & Slovak American Genealogical Society
- Illinois State Genealogical Society
- Newberry Library
- Vivian G. Harsh Collection at Woodson Regional Library and Patricia Liddell Researchers
- Neighborhood Neighborhood History Collection at Sulzer Regional Library
We Thought We'd Be Back Soon
Saturday, October 21st, 2017 @ 3pm
The book is an impressive collection of reminiscences about emigration by Lithuanians to the West during World War II. The conversations with émigrés that are central to the book bring new knowledge about wartime reality and provide insight into the meanings of home and place, and the social impact of the geopolitical upheaval when the state’s sovereignty is annihilated.
Program in English
Actress and teacher, Audre Budrys and playwright, performer, director, and teacher Kestutis Nakas, will read excerpts from the book.
Andrew Leith, Chicago Cultural Alliance Conservation and Collections Program Manager will share his impressions about the book.
Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd. Admission: Donation
The Balzekas Museum's
2017 Man of the Year
The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture proudly announces that the recipient of the 2017 Award of Excellence is "Dainava" Chorale artistic director, conductor, composer, and performer, Darius Polikaitis. He receives the award for his leadership and devotion to the preservation and celebration of Lithuanian Song. Read more>>