History
German traces in Latvia: the House of Blackheads
Destroyed utterly following the Second World War, the House of Blackheads is now once again a jewel that adorns Rīga. Once upon a time, German traders gathered here, behind the most beautiful facade in the city.
Three for the Weekend: Latvian vibes
Mid-November in Latvia is always the time of freedom celebration, starting on Lāčplēsis Day November 11 and ending with Independence Proclamation Day on November 18. Here are some ideas to enhance or test your knowledge on the history surrounding these events.
Test your Lāčplēsis Day knowledge
Lāčplēsis Day is the day upon which Latvia's soldiers are honored, and though it coincides with the day upon which the end of the First World War is commemorated in many other countries, the Latvian events are subtly different, officially marking the day in 1919 when a crucial victory against allied German and White Russian forces was won in the fledgling republic, which had declared independence a year earlier.
German traces in Latvia: the Rīga Ghetto
For a long time, Jewish culture was an indispensable part of Latvia’s culture. Nazi crimes put an abrupt stop to that with the Rīga Ghetto a key part of the suffering.
German traces in Latvia: Richard Wagner in Rīga
200 years ago, Richard Wagner experienced a short guest stint as Kapellmeister here in Rīga. He was destined for the world, but his stay in Rīga proved significant both to him and the city.
Elusive anarchist icon 'Peter the Painter' returns to Talsi
On Saturday, October 16, an innovative exhibition will be opened at the Talsi Regional Museum, the name of which is "Nenotveramais" or "Elusive". The exhibition is created by the museum in cooperation with representatives of various fields - writers, musicians, actors and others, and it is dedicated to the legendary Latvian anarchist Jānis Žāklis, once the world's most wanted man.
Renovated Occupation Museum has 'one mistake per two square meters'
One month and a half after completing reconstruction works of the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, it cannot open yet. State agency JSC Valsts nekustamie īpašumi (VNĪ) (State Real Estate) found 1,300 minor and major mistakes in the construction work, Latvian Television broadcast 'Kultūršoks' reported October 4.
Historic shipwreck uncovered near Rīga
A shipwreck that is at least 12 meters long has been found on the beach of Daugavgrīva, near Rīga, and probably dates back to the 19th century, according to the National Cultural Heritage Board, which is preparing documentation to give it the status of a newly discovered cultural monument.
German traces in Latvia: Haus Mentzendorff
In this series we take a look at the lasting legacy of the German presence in Latvia over the centuries and in particular the many places you can visit today to see that legacy in physical form.
32 years since the Baltic Way
August 23, 2021 marks 32 years since the historical Baltic Way, also known as the Baltic chain - a human chain weaving through all three Baltic States August 23, 1989.
What happened on August 21, 1991?
A new video has been produced by the Latvian Saeima charting the events of August 21, 1991, when Soviet power made one last, desperate bid to re-assert itself by staging a coup in Moscow.
Occupation Museum to host 'Hong Kong Way' exhibition
In a move that seems guaranteed to raise the hackles of the Chinese Communist Party, an exhibition is set to open at the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia that draws parallels between the struggle of the Baltic states to regain independence from the Soviet Union, and pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong thirty years later.
Reader appeals for insignia info
We have been contacted by a reader, Barbara Laimins, who would like to discover the significance of some family items she recently discovered. Perhaps one of our other readers can provide the necessary expertise?
Ancient trades to be taught in digital format
Latgale has begun serious work to preserve old traditions and skills. Ludza Craftspeople Association has launched the production of educational films for the next generations, Latvian Radio reported July 30.
How Latvians had to leave their names behind them
Today, we each have our own last name, which we take with us if we move somewhere. But in the Middle Ages, each man had a name and even what seemed like a surname, but in fact it was not his own surname, but the name of the place from which he came - that is, the name of his house or homestead.
Day of deportations remembered in Latvia
On June 14 Latvia commemorates the thousands of citizens deported to Siberia by the Soviet authorities 80 years ago - many of whom never came back.
June deportations to be marked with new documentary film
To mark the tragic events of June 14, 1941, when more than 15,000 people were deported from occupied Latvia by order of the Soviet leadership, Latvian Television will premiere director Dzintra Geka's latest documentary "Road to Siberia, 1941".
600-year old furnace found in Rīga castle
A new object has been discovered in the course of the construction work of Riga Castle. Experts estimate it could be an around 600-year-old kitchen hearth or furnace, said Renārs Griškevičs, chair of the State Real Estate (VNĪ) May 24.
Step-by-step: Latvian wooden fence
Almost every culture is familiar with the traditional way of bordering off a territory - the fence. The Latvian Television program "Pūra lāde" (The Dowry Chest) visited weaver Juris Milčs in Jelgava to learn about making a traditional wooden fence.

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