Yes! I would like to support the “No Home To Go To” exhibition and its related programs!

 

To donate by PayPal, please click on the PayPal link below. You do not need a PayPal account, just a credit card, to donate through PayPal.




If you prefer to donate by check, please make it payable to the “Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture”, write “Baltic DP Project” on the memo line, and send it to the following address: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629, USA
The Balzekas Museum is exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, making this gift tax deductile.

The caption on the back of this image reads: "Children wearing the costumes of their native lands added a touch of color at Newark Airport today (Thursday, May 6) when they greeted Mrs. Herbert Hines, Mother of the Year, as she arrived for festivities in her honor on Mother's Day, May 9th.  the children are aiding the 26-in-One Appeal of American Overseas Aid - United Nations Appeal for Children, which is seeking $6,6000,000 in Greater New York as part of a worldwide campaign to help feed the 230 million starving children in war-devastated countries. The children appealed to her as a representative of mothers of this country to aid the unfortunate youngsters of other lands. Photo shows Mrs. Hines with the youthful greeters.
The caption on the back of this image reads: “Children wearing the costumes of their native lands added a touch of color at Newark Airport today (Thursday, May 6) when they greeted Mrs. Herbert Hines, Mother of the Year, as she arrived for festivities in her honor on Mother’s Day, May 9th. the children are aiding the 26-in-One Appeal of American Overseas Aid – United Nations Appeal for Children, which is seeking $6,6000,000 in Greater New York as part of a worldwide campaign to help feed the 230 million starving children in war-devastated countries. The children appealed to her as a representative of mothers of this country to aid the unfortunate youngsters of other lands. Photo shows Mrs. Hines with the youthful greeters." (Photo submitted by Fran (Laucka) Domanskis)

The Baltic DP Exhibit Organzing Committee gratefully acknowledges all Donors and Sponsors, including:

Joseph Grincunas, Thomaston, CT, in honor of Eugene Grincunas – $5.00 . . . Carole Huset, Grabill, IN, in honor of Ludwicka (Jecaite) Bleers – $5.00  . . . Viktoras Motusis, Cicero, IL – $5.00 . . . John F. & Amelis Morris, Simpson, PA – $5.00 . . . David & Aldona Hariton, New Smyrna, FL, in honor of Jonas Kacinskas – $10.00 . . . Jonas Vazbys, Mahwah, NJ – $10.00 . . . Cherie Butkus Dryz, Centerville, MA, in honor of John Butkus – $10.00 . . . Joseph Pranaitis, Charlton, MA, in honor of Virginia Pranaitis – $10.00 . . . John Mullennex, St. Simons Is, GA, in honor of Jonas Kacinskas – $10.00 . . . Richard Pikturna, Crestwood, IL – $10.00 . . . Ted Zayner, Brookfield, IL – $10.00 . . . Sigute Zemaitiene, Cicero, IL – $10.00 . . .Joseph A. Zitkus, Des Plaines, IL, in honor of Peter & Anastasia Zitkus – $10.00 . . . Ausra Povilioniene, Ft. Lauderdale, FL – $10.00 . . . Gloria Jiskra, Darien, IL, in honor of Mary Bortkevicius – $10.00 . . . John Bartolich, Bartlett, IL, in honor of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley Balzekas & Emily – $15.00 . . . Lilia Kizlaitis, Oak Forest, IL, Ona Dudzeviciene & Viktoras Kizlaitis – $15.00 . . . Joseph Kalvaitis, Chicago, IL – $15.00 . . . Regina Juskaitis, Oak lawn, IL – $20.00 . . . Kestutis A. Keblys, Baton Rouge,LA – $20.00 . . . Ray & Marge Urbonas, Lombard, IL, in honor of Peter & Ursule Urbonas – $20.00 . . . Angel Dunn, Delran, NJ, in honor of Julia A. Busanovich – $20.00 . . . Linda Gray, East Norwalk Ct., CT – $20.00 . . . Bart B. Barisa, Redondo Beach,CA – $20.00 . . . Algis Kalvaitis, Alexandria, VA – $20.00 . . . Aldona & Algirdas Leskys, Henderson, NV – $20.00 . . . Thomas & Clementina Niemann, Schererville, IN, in honor of Will Jos. Niemann – $20.00 . . . Charles L. Zukauskas, M.D. FACS, Long Branch, NJ, in honor of Mr. & Mrs. George Shalna – $20.00 . . . Robert Daraskevich, Chicago, IL, Anthony & Virginia Daraskevich – $20.00 . . . Sarah & Edmund, Mitchell, Honolulu, HI – $20.00 . . . Jonas & Mariane Astrauskas, Chicago, IL, in honor of Juozas & Petre Sipaila – $20.00 . . . Dace Aija Dikis, Philadelphia, PA, in honor of Peteris Rekis & Oskars Rekis” – $20.00 . . . Waldemar,Gadzinskas,Bartlett, IL, Jonas & ona Gadzinskas – $20.00 . . . Selma Carmichael, Chicago, IL, Tripenfeldas – $25.00 . . . Cesare Ugianskis, Chicago, IL – $25.00 . . . Maryte Kuciniene, Downers Grove, IL, in honor of Eugenijus Kucinas – $25.00 . . . Rosalie Vass, Batavia, IL, in honor of John Waranius – $25.00 . . . Ben Biedron, Chicago, IL, in honor of Larry Balsivickus – $25.00 . . . Celeste Bassuk, Chicago, IL, in honor of Stanley J. Rymas – $25.00 . . . Judith Grenawalt, Saint John, IN, in honor of William J. Greenis & Julia Baltrushaitis Greenis, & Marcella Greenis – $25.00 . . . Kastytis & Danguole Ilginis, Palos Hills, IL – $25.00 . . . Patricia Daniels Pierce, Pitman, NJ, in honor of Andrew & Mary Koval – $25.00 . . . Louis Koncza, Chicago, IL – $25.00 . . . Maironis Lithuanian School, Director Audrone Elvikis, Lemont, IL – $25.00 . . . Meta Mannion, Yorkville, IL, in honor of Vilius & Elena Fetingis (Dad & Mom) – $25.00 . . . Emily Klusis, Chicago, IL – $25.00 . . . Irene & Ben Norbut, Chicago, IL, in honor of Richard Norbut – $25.00 . . . Paul Witt, Lake Bluff, IL, in honor of Alfonse & Olga Witt – $25.00 . . . Thomas Collins, Media, PA, in honor of Jonas & Catherine Pleskunas – $25.00 . . . Nancy N. Rice, Saint Louis, MO,in honor of the Saulenas Family – $25.00 . . . Nijole Bertucci, Chicago, IL, in honor of Juozas Besonis – $25.00 . . . Jurgita Gvidas, Naperville, IL – $25.00 . . . Elaine Reaney, Elgin, IL, in honor of Paul Nekrosius – $25.00 . . . Dale Murray, Brookfield, WI,in honor of Petras & Elzbieta Poska Family – $25.00 . . . Algirdas Jonusaitis, Villa Park, IL, in honor of Algirdas Jonusaitis – $25.00 . . . Ada Sutkus, Beverly Shores,IN – $25.00 . . . Linda Bokerman, Rapid City, MI, in honor of Mary Verbiskas Pfleger – $25.00 . . . John & Ardene Vencius, Lansdale, PA, in honor of Vencius Family – $25.00 . . . Maria Kapacinskas, Chicago, IL – $25.00 . . . Mary Mott, Big Rapids, MI, Alice Gregory – $25.00 . . . Enata Skrupskelis, Chicago, IL – $25.00 . . . Gene & Arlene, Liss,Park Ridge, IL – $25.00 . . . Tamara Biggs, Chicago, IL – $25.00 . . . Alan Keparutis, Shreveport,LA,Maria Keparutis – $25.00 . . . Linda Breitbarth, Alsip, IL, – $Richard G. Snekutis – $30.00 . . . Asta & Vaclovas Kleiza, Lemont, IL – $30.00 . . . Grazina Kenter, Danbury, CT – $30.00 . . . Regina Jautokas, Palos Hills, IL – $30.00 . . . Alvydas Karasa, Fallston, MD – $30.00 . . . Ted Straub, Kingston, PA – $35.00 . . . Jonas & Gitana Variakojis, Lockport, IL – $35.00 . . . David F. Savickas, Springfield, MA, in honor of Frank & Elizabeth Savickas – $40.00 . . . Mary Ormond, Aurora, IL, in honor of Albina Urba Clark & Lawrence Clark – $40.00 . . . Alfonsas Krisciunas, Indian Head Park, IL – $50.00 . . . Kathleen Kenney, San Francisco, CA, Martha Urbus – $50.00 . . . Lina & Aras Zlioba,Lisle, IL, Dr. Petras Zlioba – $50.00 . . . Horace Zibas, Cincinnati, OH – $50.00 . . . Liuda & Vytautas Butikas, Plainfield, IL, in honor of Ramune – $50.00 . . . Josephine Bitaut, Henderson, NV,in honor of Charles (Kazimieras) Razgaitis – $50.00 . . . Medtext Inc.& Drs. Jonas & Ona Daugirdas, Burr Ridge, IL – $50.00 . . . Abbot Matching Grant & Gediminas Damasius, Libertyville, IL – $50.00 . . . Romualdas & Aldona Dulskis, Cocoa Beach,FL – $50.00 . . . Lawrence Kiserauskas, Phoenix, AZ, in honor of John C. Kiserauskas – $50.00 . . . Laura Small, Chicago, IL, in honor of Helen Grigalius – $50.00 . . . Alma Lazauskas Malek, Bloomingdale, IL, in honor of Grozvydas & Elena Lazauskas – $50.00 . . . Bernardine D. Mack, Phoenix, AZ, in honor of James J. Mack – $50.00 . . . Dorothy Prose, Osprey, FL,in honor of Alexander Dargis & Anton Prose – $50.00 . . . Theodore Rudaitis, P.E., Lemont, IL – $50.00 . . . Ramunas Vanagunas, Winfield, IL – $50.00 . . . Mary Wysocki, Hackensack, NJ, in honor of Domicele Sinkankas – $50.00 . . . Ray Masiliunas, Oak Lawn, IL, in honor of the Masiliunas Family – $50.00 . . . Edward D. Pope, Chicago, IL – $50.00 . . . Maureen & Leslie Scopes, Chicago, IL, in honor of Joseph Skome & Adolph C. Skom – $50.00 . . . Karen & Kenneth Simpson, Arlington Hts., IL, in honor of Lillian Koslofsky Lorence – $50.00 . . . Ruta Penkiunas, Burke, VA – $50.00 . . . George P. Adams, Baltimore,MD, in honor of the Benesunas Family – $50.00 . . . Arvydas & Audrone Tamulis,Chicago, IL – $50.00 . . . Narimantas V. & Janina Udrys, Farmington Hills, MI – $50.00 . . . Emily Wisneski, Temple City, CA – $50.00 . . . Antanas Valavicius, Chicago, IL – $50.00 . . . Jane A. & Michael Duffy, Butte, MT, in honor of Karpick-Matulewich Family – $50.00 . . . Leonard F & Ingrid O’Neil, Atlanta, GA, in honor of Adella M. Begdain – $50.00 . . . E. Garsys, Tampa,FL – $50.00 . . . Gabriel Environmental Services, Chicago, IL – $50.00 . . . J. Daubenas, Paradise Valley, AZ, Elena & Jonas Dubickas – $50.00 . . . Janine & Ray Matulionis, Madison, WI – $50.00 . . . Dale Lukas, Silver Spring, MD – $50.00 . . . Wayne & JoAnn ,Baker, Kent, WA, in honor of Helen Kukitas – $50.00 . . . Mark Mazz, Hyattsville, MD, in honor of Vincent Mazz – $50.00 . . . Bertha E. Rychlik, Athol, MA, in honor of Cathlyn Gelzinis – $65.00 . . . Anne Marie Eastman, Bonita Springs, FL, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Romaine – $75.00 . . . Dolores Abderholden, Antioch, IL, in honor of ER & Mark Abderholden – $100.00 . . . Mary & Thomas Graham, Evanston, IL – $100.00 . . . Diana M. Keich & John Keich – $100.00 . . . Gedas Bliudzius, Lake Barrington, IL – $100.00 . . . Alexander & Frances Domanskis, Western Springs, IL – $100.00 . . . Claudia ,Kupperschmidt, Stickney, IL, in honor of Tekle Zakiene – $100.00 . . . Val Krumplis, Willow Springs, IL, in honor of Lora Krumplis – $100.00 . . . John & Diana Keich, Elmhurst, IL – $100.00 . . . James P. & Asta Kraskouskas, Gardner, MA,, in honor of Genevieve Viskantas – $100.00 . . . James Kulhanek, Rogersville, MO, in honor of Helen Kulhanek – $100.00 . . . Walter G.Lazusky-Lazauskas, Cochranton, PA, in honor of Lazauskas-Navickas-Vidunas Families – $100.00 . . . Rose Carr, Palo Alto, CA – $100.00 . . . Gilda & Fred Foy Karu, Arlington Heights, IL – $100.00 . . . Joanna Matteucci, Phoenix, AZ, Joseph & Rosalie Rachus – $100.00 . . . Tony Mankus, Lisle, IL – $100.00 . . . Alger Mockaitis, Manassas, VA, in honor of Marija Mockaitis DP 1944-1950 (Mother) – $100.00 . . . Helen Stailey, Philadelphia, PA, in honor of Anthony & Elizabeth Malza & Ona Janciuleviciute – $100.00 . . . Dolores M. Wills, New York, NY – $100.00 . . . Eleanor Zapolis, Orland Park, IL, in honor of Frank Zapolis – $100.00 . . . Viktoria Juodgudis,Union Pier, MI, Tadas & Irena Bukaveckas – $100.00 . . . + IBM Matching Grant, Charles Norvil,Oak Lawn, IL – $100.00 . . . Joseph Czuberki, San Francisco, CA – $100.00 . . . Eric Harkna, Evanston, IL – $100.00 . . . Raminta Jacobs, La Grange, IL, in honor of Mykolas & Alberta Vaitenai – $100.00 . . . Ruta Lee, Hollywood, CA – $100.00 . . . Mario Loomis, Goshen, NY, in honor of Bruno Gediminas Morkunas & Elena Kalvaityte-Velbasiene – $100.00 . . . Eugene L. Orebaugh, Huntsville, AL, in honor of Mrs. Marion E. Orebaugh – $100.00 . . . Thomas & Daine, Quinn, Orland Park, IL – $100.00 . . . Augusta Saulys, M.D., Vallejo, CA, in honor of Vacys Saulys – $100.00 . . . Sandra Valaitis, M.D., Western Springs, IL, in honor of Dr. Jonas & Joana Valaitis – $100.00 . . . Francis J. & Valerie Dawson, Schaumburg, IL – $100.00 . . . Audrone Meskauskas, King of Prussia, PA, Frances Pakalka – $100.00 . . . Charles J. Patera, Wheat Ridge,CO – $100.00 . . . Ramune Rackauskas, Oak Lawn, IL, &amo; Dr. Jonas Juozevicius – $100.00 . . . Ruth Ragland, Hollywood, FL, in honor of Edmund & Yadvyga Capas – $100.00 . . . Raymond A. Zilinskas, Ph.D., Spreckels, CA – $100.00 . . . Rita Kisielius, Chicago, IL, in honor of Stasys ir Elena Baras – $100.00 . . . Ira & Nancy Simet, Cedar Falls, IA – $100.00 . . . Birute Zalatorius, Chicago Lithuanian Women’s Club, Berwyn, IL – $100.00 . . . Tom & Cathy Lileikis, Grand Haven, MI, in honor of Frank & Kay Lileikis – $100.00 . . . Chris Batus,Palos Park, IL, in honor of Salomeja Popieriene – $100.00 . . . Grazina Siaudikyte Joyce, Dover, MA, in honor of Antanas & Aleksandra Seduikis – $100.00 . . . Romana Karlove, Glenview, IL, in honor of Petras & Irena Vebra – $115.00 . . . Helen A. Devol, Oakland, CA, in honor of Andruis Deltuva – $150.00 . . . Donatas Januta, Oakland, CA – $150.00 . . . Victor A. Praleikas, Newberry Springs, CA,in honor of Alexander & Karyna Praleika – $200.00 . . . Gediminas Balanda, Sterling Hts., MI – $200.00 . . . Elaine Coyle, Brooksville, FL, in honor of Edmond P. Barcus – $200.00 . . . James Skridulis, Lawrence, KS, in honor of Anthony Skridulis – $200.00 . . . Raslavicius Family Trust, Polius Raslavicius, New Durham, NH – $200.00 . . . Chris Sertich, Cumming, GA, in honor of Stella Kersulis – $250.00 . . . ITW Matcing Grant & Algis & Therese Kazlauskas, Orland Park, IL – $300.00 . . . Tadas Stomma, Tega Cay, SC, in honor of Parents: Viktoras & Maria Stomma – $300.00 . . . Joseph Grassi, Chicago, IL – $500.00 . . . Richard Vitkus, Chicago, IL – $500.00 . . . John Dainauskas, M.D., Woodridge, IL – $500.00 . . . Helena Stancikas, Oak Park, IL, in honor of Jonas & Elena Stancikas – $500.00 . . . George A. Paulikas, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, in honor of Jurgis Paulikas & Olga Paulikas – $1,000.00 . . . Grazina & James P. Liautaud,Chicago, IL – $1,000.00 . . . Irene & Reid Chambers, Falls Church, VA – $1,000.00 . . . Elena Deckys, Indian Head Park, IL, in honor of Kazys Sukys – $1,000.00 . . . Jonas Dovydenas, Lenox, MA – $1,000.00 . . . Women’s Guild of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian, Loreta Gestautas, President, Chicago, IL – $2,000.00 . . . Tom & Cathy Lileikis, Grand Haven, MI, in honor of Frank & Katherine Lileikis – $5,000.00 . . .

Your financial contribution will ensure the ongoing  collection and preservation of history pertaining to Baltic Displaced Persons, including:

  • The “No Home To Go To” exhibition tour and the ongoing development and funding of  related programs: such as, concerts, film viewings, book presentations, lectures pertaining to Baltic DPs;
  • The filming and digital archiving of testimonies of surviving Baltic DPs;
  • The continued development of educational resources for students and educators to educate others about Baltic DPs, specifically, and the catastrophic consequences of displacement, globally, in hopes of fostering a better understanding of the plight of refugees worldwide;
  • The continued development of the DisplacedPersons.org website so that it can become a comprehensive repository and educational resource of materials pertaining to Baltic DPs, now and in the future.

Most importantly, your support will ensure that this story and those who endured it, whether living, or now deceased, are not forgotten.  Ačiū! Paldies! Tänan!

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

“No Home To Go To” and its programming are made possible by the generous support of the following organizations and individuals:

  • Lithuanian Council for Culture
  • Illinois Arts Council
  • Kazickas Family Foundation
  • Lithuanian Foundation, Inc.
  • Illinois Humanities Council
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago
  • Women’s Guild of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
  • Latvian Foundation, Inc.
  • Cultural Foundation of the World Federation of Free Latvians
  • National Archives of Estonia

Private Donors

  • Irene and Reid Chambers
  • Tom and Cathy Lileikis
  • Elena Deckys
  • Jonas Dovydėnas
  • Gražina and James P. Liautaud
  • George A. Paulikas

The Balzekas Museum is grateful for the generous support of many other private donors, all of whom are listed within the Balzekas Museum exhibition.

This exhibition was developed by the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture in collaboration with the Chicago Estonian House, the Latvian Folk Art Museum, and the Lithuanian Emigration Institute of Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania.

Exhibition Staff

Curator: Irena Chambers
Curatorial Assistants: Rita Janz and Karile Vaitkutė, Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Exhibition Team Members

Sigita Balzekas and Stanley Balzekas, Jr., Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
Siim Sööt, Chicago Estonian House
Dace Ķezbers and Ināra Bundža, Latvian Folk Art Museum
Dalia Kuizinienė and Linas Saldukas, Lithuanian Emigration Institute
The exhibition organizers are grateful to the following individuals for providing advice, scholarly insight, and research expertise for this exhibition:

Mark Wyman, Professor of History, Illinois State University
Andris Straumanis, Associate Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin – River Falls
Stephen Goodell, Research Historian, Washington, D.C.
Evaldas Stankevičius, Cultural Attaché, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Washington, D.C.
Kristina Lapienytė and Skirmantė Miglinienė, Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, Chicago
Additional research assistance was provided by Daina Smith, Audronė Tamulis, Vasaris Balzekas, Rūta Akelaitytė, Regina Vasiliauskienė, and Victoria Matranga

“No Home To Go To” was designed by Bob Riggs, Riggs Ward Design, LLC, Richmond, Virginia; and fabricated by Virginijus Baranauskas, Terra Media, Kaunas, Lithuania

Exhibition installation and construction assistance provided by Vasaris Balzekas, Jonas Barkauskas, Art Gutierrez, and Stanley Balzekas III.

Website by Sigita Bersenas-Balzekas

Back to top