10 rules for the table, from the Household Calendar of 1937
The Latvian calendar has never been a mere catalog of days, but also an encyclopedia and a compendium of advice on various matters of living, the specialists of the National Library of Latvia (LNB) told Latvian Radio on July 2. For example, the “Household Calendar of 1937” provides advice on table manners.
Piņķi battlefield in focus this week
As part of an initiative to familiarize Latvian residents with the battlefields that have played an important role in the country's history, this week, from August 5 to August 11, the Ministry of Defense is inviting people to visit the memorial site of the Battle of Piņķi, where an important clash against Bolshevik forces took place on May 22, 1919.
BBC tells story of "VVF"
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has produced a new radio documentary outlining the life story of former Latvian president Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, who served two terms as head of state from 1999-2007.
The proper way to light a fire. A look into the calendar of 1923
The Latvian calendar has never been a mere catalog of days, but also an encyclopedia and a compendium of advice on various matters of living, the specialists of the National Library of Latvia (LNB) told Latvian Radio on July 2. For example, the “Household Calendar of 1923” includes some advice on saving firewood. 
What do our trees reveal about early winter? A look into the calendar of 1933
The Latvian calendar has never been a mere catalog of days, but also an encyclopedia and a compendium of advice on various matters of living, the specialists of the National Library of Latvia (LNB) told Latvian Radio on July 2. For example, the “Household Calendar of 1933” tells of “what our trees reveal about early winter”.
Medical advice from 100 years ago
The calendar was never a mere a list of days, but also an encyclopedia and a compendium of advice on various matters of living, the specialists of the National Library of Latvia (LNB) told Latvian Radio on June 27. For example, the “Household Calendar of 1923” includes a list of medical treatments.
Piece of Baltic history returned to Latvia
A small piece of Baltic history returned to Latvian shores June 26 when an inscribed piece of amber, originally given by Latvian Prime Minister and later President Kārlis Ulmanis to a British military officer, was handed back by the officer's descendants.
Liepāja in 1919: how the townsfolk brought down a German monument
The steamer “Saratov”, on which the Latvian Provisional Government led by Kārlis Ulmanis spent two months floating on the waters near Liepāja, returned to the Liepāja harbor on June 27, 1919. This was the end of a period called the “Republic on Water”. LSM's Russian service joined historian Juris Raķis in taking a stroll around Liepāja to see where some of the significant events in Latvian history took place.
Video: re-enactment of Cēsis battles
June 22 saw history buffs performing a re-enactment to mark 100 years since the Battles of Cēsis, important military clashes that helped secure the status of newly-independent Latvia. You can watch a video of the re-enactment above and see a gallery of images below. 
Day of deportations remembered
On June 14 Latvia commemorates the thousands of citizens deported to Siberia by the Soviet authorities 78 years ago - many of whom never came back.
Happy birthday, Isaiah Berlin!
Today marks 110 years since the birth of Isaiah Berlin, a Latvian-born British philosopher and historian of ideas who is regarded as one of the foremost minds of the 20th century.
Shooting the Bolsheviks: White terror after freeing Rīga
After the joint forces of Baltic Germans, Latvians and the Russian White Army freed Rīga from the communist rule on May 22, 1919, many Bolshevik supporters were shot. It is not clear how many exactly, and different sources give different estimates, starting from the 1924 estimate of 174 by the head of Rīga's Gendarmerie to 4,000–5,000 people as attested to by the social democrats and communists. Mass executions in Rīga only stopped in June 1919 after Allied intervention. 
100 years since Rīga was freed from communist rule
A hundred years ago on May 22 the joint forces of Baltic Germans, Latvians and the Russian White Army freed Rīga from the communist rule under which the Latvian capital had spent four and a half months. It was one of the most successful military operations of the time, resulting in the collapse of Soviet Latvia and halting the spread of communism in the country for twenty years. Most Red Army soldiers deserted during retreat, whereas most of the communist party members hid their tracks. The Soviet commissaries of Pēteris Stučka's government hastily got on a train to Rēzekne to retreat to Russia.
The Forest Brothers: From individual struggle to organized anti-Soviet resistance
Altogether, more than 20,000 Latvian residents chose to partake in the national resistance against the Soviet occupation. They were supported by thousands of people who weren't up to taking to arms themselves. One of the chief reasons for a resistance of this scale was the brutal and ill-considered occupation policy on the part of the USSR. Anti-Soviet sentiment merged with belief in patriotic ideals, thereby creating the national resistance movement.
The republic on the sea: The 1919 coup that exiled the Latvian government to a steamboat
On April 16, 1919 a putsch took place in Liepāja, western Latvia, against Kārlis Ulmanis' Provisional Government. Two of the government ministers were arrested, while the rest fled aboard the Saratov steamboat stationed at the port. For two-and-a-half months, the Republic of Latvia would be governed from the ship in an era sometimes referred to as the "The Republic on the Sea". The territory of the fledgling Latvian state had shrunk to the ship and a couple of parishes that the Estonian army had freed at northern Vidzeme, the other end of the country.