Exhibition traces longstanding links of overseas Latvians to their homeland

On October 31, the museum and research center Latvieši Pasaulē (Latvians in the World) will open a new exhibition chronicling the lives of Latvians living overseas over many years and for many reasons. 

The exhibition, titled "The most beautiful word" will run until February 29 in Berga Bazars, Rīga (Dzirnavu iela 84-2). Entry to the exhibition is free.

"In the exhibition, the objects of the museum's collection tell about the ties of foreign Latvians with Latvia over many years in different parts of the world. This connection tends to be very personal, even intimate... At other times, it is an object that embodies the hope of returning home one day," says advance publicity material.

Skaistākais vārds exhibition
Skaistākais vārds exhibition

The most fragile exhibit of the exhibition is a wreath of flowers, which a choir singer of a carol festival presented to Juta Jarvis, who was born in a refugee camps, when she finally visited Latvia for the first time in her life. Juta kept the wreath for more than 20 years as a precious souvenir from Latvia.

The largest object in the exhibition is a 2.25 meter high replica of the Freedom Monument – produced in Boston in 1958 as the central decoration of a performance, and which then served in Latvian events for another 50 years.

The photographs and documents in the exhibition also tell about how November 18 – Latvia's independence day – has been marked in different places at different times.

More details are available at the dedicated web page: https://www.lapamuzejs.lv/skaistakais-vards/ 

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