For Freedom Lithuanian American Support for Lithuania's Independence and Recognition
In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Lithuania’s Independence, the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture invites you to the opening of a new historical exhibit: “For Freedom: Lithuanian American Support for Lithuania’s Independence and Recognition”. The exhibit explores Lithuanian Americans’ passionate and energetic support for the cause of Lithuania’s independence one hundred years ago. Curated by “No Home to Go To” curator Irena Brokas Chambers using photographs, documents, publications, and other historical artifacts, the exhibition gives an overview of Lithuania’s fate at the dawn of the twentieth century as a subjugated part of the Russian Empire; briefly portrays the Lithuanian American communities in America; and summarizes their significant cultural, political, and financial achievements.
The exhibition’s central focus is the vital role played by Lithuanian Americans as their native land seized a unique and complex opportunity to end its 125-year Russian subjugation. This exhibition demonstrates that Lithuanian Americans’ support for freedom in their native land did not end with the declared independence in 1918 nor with its recognition by the United States in 1922. In fact, as the exhibition shows, Lithuanian Americans supported their native land’s recurrent struggles to achieve freedom and independence for most of the twentieth century.
Drawing on materials in the Balzekas Museum as well as public and private national and regional archives and collections, the exhibition centralizes the presence of historical documents to prove that this century-long struggle for freedom was powered by ideas and ideals expressed in words and actions.
Never before shown in Chicago, the original petitions by Lithuanian Americans to the President of the United States as well as Petras Rimsa’s iconic sculpture “the Ploughman” will be on exhibit.
Exhibition Tour Dates
January 18 to March 16, 2019
at the Lithuanian Alliance of America / SLA
307 West 30th Street New York, NY 10001-2703
Admission by appointment. To visit or for more information, please call (917) 501-3275.
Through December, 2019
On view daily from 10 – 4 PM
For information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrance free with Museum admission
- This program is partially supported by grants from the following organizations:
The Balzekas Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of these sponsors and other private donors.