As people were living through the Spanish flu one hundred years ago, they never expected that the photographs they took or the diaries and letters they wrote would become important in the 21st century. Facing our own COVID-19 pandemic today, we look back to that information stored in family collections, museums and archives in order to see how people managed at that time and to learn from their experiences.
LMAC is now collecting material to document the response of the Lithuanian Canadian community to COVID-19.
We are asking you to share your written thoughts, ideas, personal stories, photos, drawings or home videos using 21st century methods - digital technology.
The material collected will be stored digitally and will be part of the history of the Lithuanian-Canadian community in our archive. It will also be used in future exhibitions and will be made available publicly through our website and social media venues.
To get you started:
- Share your thoughts on some or all of these topics:
- How has your everyday life changed
- How has your working life changed
- What gets your attention now more than before
- How have your relations with your relatives and friends changed
- What are your fears and hopes for the future
- How has your life changed in the community
- Have you taken part in voluntary assistance, if yes, how
- How have changes in other countries or in the world affected your life
- As individuals and/or society, what could we learn from our experiences during the COVID-19 crisis
- Take a photo of an object representing your COVID-19 experience that you would like visitors to see in an exhibition 100 years from now.
Material may be submitted in English or in Lithuanian.
If you are ready to begin:
My father is the first member of our family to immigrate to Canada. He came in 1948 to fulfill his one year contract with the Canadian government by working in the gold mines in Cadillac, Quebec.
Jonas Trumpickas' father, Mykolas Trumpickas arrived in Halifax July 31, 1947. He went to a logging camp outside of Thunder Bay to fulfill his one year contract.
Janina Vaisnoriene (back right), her daughter Irena (front right), and Balys Vaisnoras came to Canada in 1951. All of their savings from working in England were put towards buying land to build their first family home.
The Tamulaitis Family prior to departure for Canada from the DP camps in Germany, 1946. (L-R Marija Senkevičiūtė-Tamulaitienė, Vytautas Tamulaitis, Vida Tamulaitytė)The Tamulaitis Family prior to departure for Canada from the DP camps in Germany, 1946. (L-R Marija Senkevičiūtė-Tamulaitienė, Vytautas Tamulaitis, Vida Tamulaitytė)
My father, PRANAS MICKUS, (37 years old) arrives in Canada as an immigrant DP, and starts to work in the mines at Malartic, Quebec, April 26, 1948. His first job in Canada assigned by the Federal Government of Canada.
My mother Aldona Šatkutė and her mother Sofia Steponaityte Šatkiene Meškauskiene both came to Canada after the Second World War. I believe my grandmother worked in West Noranda, Quebec. This photo was taken, possibly in Hamilton, when my parents married.
I. Jackson Henry
Jurgis Dvereckis (later George McIver), born Nov. 19, 1879 in Matlaukis, Suwalki region, Lithuania. In 1903, immigrated to Scotland for work in the coal mines. He reached Canada in 1912 and settled in Montreal.
The first to arrive was Giedrius Vaškevičius. He meets his newly arrived family, Loreta with Austeja and Vykintas, at the Toronto International Airport 06.06.1996. Our family came to Canada for economic reasons.
Three days after arriving in Canada, August 8, 1948, to work on a tobacco farm in Mount Brydges, Ontario. L-R Arūnas, Jūratė, Kastytis,parents Elena and Viktoras.
Algirdas Taraila from Jieznas, Alytus, arrived in Canada in 1947. He worked at a logging camp in Beardmore, Ont., near Thunder Bay to fulfill his 1 year contract with the Canadian government.
This photo has in the first row my mother Ona Babinskaite Naruseviciene and myself Angele Naruseviciute Ambrozaitis; mother is holding me and I am wearing her designed hat with two "ears". I was 17 months old when I came to Canada in May 1949. My parents left the Hanau, Germany DP camp to come to Canada as my father's brother and sister had preceded them and had become our family's guarantors.
First Glimpse of Canadian Shoreline
My father, Pranas Sakalas, was the first to reach Canada. This picture was taken on Sept. 13, 1947 from the deck of his ship. Since Sept. 13 was Pranas' birthday, it was fitting to receive the gift of freedom & a new life from his new homeland. My father came to Canada under a 1-year contract to a forestry employer, Gillies Bros., located at White Bass Lake, Temagami, Ontario.
First Lithuanian immigrants to Canada for the Karpus family. Elena and Petras Karpavičius met in Canada after arriving to work as labourers or servants. Photo taken in Toronto, 1929.
Our younger generation adds their family stories
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