Lost and Found Stories of Displacement from Chicago and the Baltic Nations

This Saturday, join us for a special presentation by the Balzekas Museum and National Public Housing Museum

Displaced people around the world are forced to make difficult decisions about what they take and what they leave behind. This is true for diverse communities from the Baltic states to the public housing developments of Chicago, where individuals have organized to rebuild a new sense of home. Join the National Public Housing Museum and Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture for a pop-up exhibition and conversation that invites participants to share stories about the loss of home due to political, economic and social upheaval, and the objects that give meaning to their lives. Please bring an object with you that reminds you of a home from the past.

Balzekas Museum presenters include Irena Brokas Chambers, curator of the “No Home To Go To” exhibition which features meaningful objects brought by Baltic refugees during WWII, and Nijole Kasuba, who will tell the story of a utilitarian object that acquired special significance when her family fled from Lithuania, lived in displaced persons camps after the war, and eventually settled in the United States.

Everyone is warmly invited to attend and to share their special objects and stories!

Saturday, October 28th, 2017 @12 -2 pm

Location: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Rd.

In English | Admission: Donation | Light refreshments will be served


This program is part of Inherit Chicago, a month-long, citywide, intercultural festival of art ideas and performance happening across 30 neighborhood-based heritage museums and cultural centers – all members of the Chicago Cultural Alliance.

“No Home To Go To” exhibitions and programs are partially supported by Grants from the following organizations: Lithuanian Council for Culture, Illinois Arts Council, Kazickas Family Foundation, Lithuanian Foundation, 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, Cultural Foundation of the World Federation of Free Latvians, National Archives of Estonia, and private donors.