Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

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Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

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Founded in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, the Balzekas Museum is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities world wide. The Balzekas Museum is the largest repository of Lithuanian cultural artifacts outside of Lithuania.

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Items in the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture Collection

Ķezbers Family Settled in Illinois
The Ķezbers family left Latvia in 1944 and emigrated to the United States in 1949.
The Ķezbers family’s first home was on a farm in Jacksonville, Illinois, owned by Dr. A.B. Applebee. The father, Kārlis Ķezbers, worked as a field hand for Dr.…

Christening at the Hanau DP Camp
The Ķezbers family (father Kārlis and mother Marta) held a christening for their son Ziedonis Jānis on August 1, 1948 in the Hanau DP camp. The son’s long, traditional gown was made by his mother, an accomplished seamstress. The Ķezbers…

"DP Madonna" Arrives in the United States
The Ķezbers family (Kārlis, not pictured, and Marta and their three children) arrived in February, 1949 on the Marine Tiger, that brought many Poles, Latvians, and Estonians to New York. The mother and her children were featured on the cover of…

Sööt Family Leaves for the U.S.
This image shows the Sööt family, before boarding the boat in Bremerhaven on their way to the U.S. It shows the four sons (Peet, Hennok, Siim, and Ilmar), mother (Salme) and grandmother (Helena Teller) — photo taken by the father (Ervin). In…

Tamulevičius Family in Augsburg DP Camp
Juozas, Ružena and Arvydas Tamulevičius in Augsburg Germany, June 23, 1947

"Family: father Juozas Tamulis (Tamulevičius), mother Ružena (Kyrianova) Tamulis. My parents met when my father was studying ceramics in Bechyne, Czechoslovakia, my…

War Relief Services Resettlement Form
This was one of the required forms in obtaining an approved sponsor for a Displaced Persons family. It lists the DP family members as well as the proposed sponsors.

Brokas Family Displaced in Germany
This photograph was taken of the Brokas family in Germany, circa 1947.

The father, Jonas, was born in Waterbury, Connecticut, but, as a child of five or six, was taken to Lithuania when Jonas’s father inherited the ancestral land. The Brokas…

Temporary & Restricted Travel Documents
The Brokas family arrived in New York harbor on July 26, 1948. Their arrival was made possible by these two documents: a restricted passport that allowed the bearers to come to the US; and a “Temporary Travel Document” in lieu of passport which…

Female Athletes at Wunsiedel DP Camp
Thirteen young athletes, seven from the Wunsiedel camp, are lined up with a coach and athletes from another camp, awaiting the start of competition. This sport festival included running, the high jump, and volleyball.

“I remember that it was…

Stankaitis Family Reunion in Canada
Family reunion photograph in Canada, 1983. Marytė Stankaitis Kucinas is first on the left, her father, Jurgis Stankaitis is sitting.

Marytė’s father, Jurgis Stankaitis was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 and sent to a concentration camp. His…

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