Photo by Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
From June 22 through August 30, the Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, will open an unprecedented exhibition of the Baltic diaspora, drawing on the memories, documents, photographs, and memorabilia of families and individuals who lived through the WWII experience.
“No Home To Go To: The Story of Baltic Displaced Persons 1944-1952” describes what happened seventy years ago to displaced persons (DPs) in Europe, fleeing their homes and uprooting their lives because of the approach of Soviet forces in the last year of World War II. Journalists all around the world continue to repeat these same words to this very day. While “No Home to Go To” focuses on the three Baltics – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – its message sadly still echoes in the hearts of many more millions of people.
The creation of this exhibition reflects the collaborative effort of numerous institutions including the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the Latvian Folk Art Museum, the Chicago Estonian House, and the Lithuanian Emigration Institute.
This project is partially supported by grants from the Kazickas Family Foundation, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Lithuanian Foundation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania, Women’s Guild of the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, the Latvian Foundation, Inc., Cultural Foundation of the World Federation of Free Latvians, the Philadelphia Society of Free Letts, the Estonian American National Council and the Philadelphia Estonian Society, the Lithuanian American Association of Philadelphia, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Lithuania and private donations.
Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, 1901 Vine St. Second Floor West Gallery, see www.freelibrary.org for directions and parking
When: June 22 through August 30, 2015, hours: M-Th 9am – 9pm; F 9am – 6pm; Sat 9am – 5pm; Sun 1pm – 5pm
Exhibition opening reception: free and open to the public, Tuesday, June 23, 5:30pm – 7pm; RSVP required, to request invitation contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: 773-582-6500 or email@example.com Karile Vaitkute, Rita Janz, 215-735-7110 or firstname.lastname@example.org Krista Bard