Lithuanian SchoolDisplaced Persons camps were temporary facilities established in Germany after WW II to house refugees. Concerned about their children's future, Baltic refugees organized classes for a population of elementary school students that reached 4,150. (number as identified in Lithuanian Encyclopedia vol. 5) Neumünster-Schleswig 1945-1947 D.P. Camp "Venta", British Zone Photographed by: School Principal, Vitalius Matulaitis in 1947
Commemorating their 25th anniversary, the Neringa Women’s Scout Group organized a folk art circle whose handmade work would introduce the Canadian community to Lithuanian folk art. The group expanded to include non-members of the Scouts, and their traditional handcrafts were first displayed in an exhibition at the Gates of Dawn parish hall in Montreal, in the spring of 1975.
The group, known as „Vaivorykštė“ (Rainbow), organized exhibitions of Lithuanian motif- woven fabric, gobelin weavings, hooked rugs, sashes, dried flower encrusted wands called “verbos”, decorated or carved Easter eggs, hope chests, straw ornaments, Lithuanian dolls and other works. These were exhibited throughout Lithuanian communities in Canada and the U.S. as well as the National Archives of Canada and multicultural festivals in Ottawa, Washington, New York, Boston, Vancouver, Toronto, St. Catharines and elsewhere.
Photography: Daiva Blynas
Lithuanian Days in Canada
An annual event organized by Canadian Lithuanians in various cities since 1953. Over the course of one weekend, there would be a wide program of concerts, sports events, art exhibitions, religious ceremonies, literary readings, banquets and dances for young and old. Canadian Lithuanian Days were organized by Lithuanian communities across Canada at the direction of the Canadian Lithuanian Community Executive.
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