Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
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Founded in 1966 in Chicago, Illinois, the Balzekas Museum is dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Lithuanian culture. The Museum celebrates the notable achievements of Lithuanian Americans, the Lithuanian nation, and Lithuanian communities world wide.

Pasaulio lietuvių žinios
07/09/2020

Pasaulio lietuvių žinios

Ar žinojote?

Proginiame pašto ženkle, pavadintame „Pasaulio Lietuva“, įamžinti visame pasaulyje garsūs lietuviai - menininkas Jonas Mekas, plaukikė Rūta Meilutytė, dailininkas Samuelis Bakas, Nobelio ekonomikos premijos laureatas Robertas Šileris, arkivyskupas Gintaras Grušas, dirigentė Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, Stanley Balzekas.

Tarp žinomų ir nežinomų pasaulio lietuvių rasite ir TV žurnalo #PasaulioLietuva prodiuserį Vladą L. bei kitus misiją palaikančius tautiečius iš viso pasaulio! 🇱🇹🌐

Happy Independence Day, 4th of July!
07/02/2020

Happy Independence Day, 4th of July!

https://www.victimsofcommunism.org/events/comedy-vs-communism
06/14/2020
Comedy vs. Communism: A Retrospective of Polish Cult Comedies from Communist Times — Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation

https://www.victimsofcommunism.org/events/comedy-vs-communism

Comedy vs. Communism: A Retrospective of Polish Cult Comedies from Communist Times celebrates film as a tool of resistance to totalitarian tyranny and political satire as a means of beginning the process of reestablishing political liberty. Please join us in watching these films and then meet with

St. George church in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. It was the first Lithuanian parish in Chicago, The church was de...
06/12/2020

St. George church in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. It was the first Lithuanian parish in Chicago, The church was demolished in 1993, and now there is an empty parking lot is in its place. Bridgeport was one of several Lithuanian neighborhoods in Chicago. If you have pictures of your Lithuanian neighborhood and stories of your family, now is a good time to share them. The Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture started a new project of collecting Lithuanian American stories. More about the project and the questionnaire you could fill out is at our website www.balzekasmuseum.org.

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture – The official website of the Lithuanian Museum in Chicago
05/22/2020
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture – The official website of the Lithuanian Museum in Chicago

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture – The official website of the Lithuanian Museum in Chicago

For 150 years, successive waves of Lithuanian immigrants have come to America seeking a new life and opportunities. In celebration of Lithuanian immigrants and their contributions to this country, the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture is excited to launch a new project entitled: “Lithuanian Li...

Constituent Seimas (1920–1922)
05/12/2020
Constituent Seimas (1920–1922)

Constituent Seimas (1920–1922)

Members of the Constituent Seimas pose at the Monument to the Fallen for Lithuania's Freedom in the Garden of the Vytautas the Great War Museum, Kaunas, 1922, Menas Photo Studio Lithuanian Central State Archives. P-12520

May 7th in Lithuania is celebrated as Lithuanian Press Restoration, Language and Book Day. This day is very important fo...
05/05/2020
Incredible story of the Lithuanian language under Czars and Soviet era

May 7th in Lithuania is celebrated as Lithuanian Press Restoration, Language and Book Day. This day is very important for Lithuania as it reminds us of the year 1864 where the Lithuanian language as well as book and press publishing were banned. However, the ban period of 40 years proved that the Lithuanian language is alive as Lithuanian books were published and distributed secretly. It is during the ban period that the literacy of people increased.

http://www.lithuanianstories.com/en/2020/02/28/incredible-story-of-the-lithuanian-language-under-czars-and-soviet-era/

Smugglers. “Criminals”. They were scholars, teachers, avid readers. They loved their country more than anything and they wanted to be Lithuanians. They became book smugglers to protect their identi…

04/05/2020
Šokančios Vilniaus verbos | Dokumentinis-animacinis filmas

Šokančios Vilniaus verbos | Dokumentinis-animacinis filmas

[EN below] Dokumentiniame-animaciniame filme „Šokančios Vilniaus verbos“ vaizduojamos Vilniaus verbos, kurios sukurtos iš augalų šakelių, sudžiovintų gėlių i...

03/20/2020

Do to the COVID-19 the Balzekas Museum is closed to the public.
To communicate with staff please email: [email protected]

Iš Lietuvos atvykusi muzikos grupė ,,Thundertale" ir roko operos ,,Priesaika" solistai ir muzikantai apsilankė Balzeko l...
02/20/2020

Iš Lietuvos atvykusi muzikos grupė ,,Thundertale" ir roko operos ,,Priesaika" solistai ir muzikantai apsilankė Balzeko lietuvių kultūros muziejuje. Atlikėjai muziejui padovanojo roko operos įrašą ir programą su autografais. Roko opera pasakoja apie pokario metų Lietuvos partizanus, kurie priešinosi sovietų okupacijai, ir yra skiriama Lietuvos nepriklausomybės atstatymo 30-mečiui. Roko opera bus rodoma vasario 22 d. Lemonto vidurinės mokyklos salėje.

Užsienio reikalų ministerija
01/10/2020

Užsienio reikalų ministerija

𝗦𝘃𝗮𝗿𝗯𝗶 𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝗰𝗶𝗷𝗮❗️Dėl padidėjusios įtampos Irane 🇮🇷 saugumo situacija nėra stabili ir bet kuriuo metu gali pablogėti. Rekomenduojame susilaikyti nuo kelionių į visą Irano teritoriją.

2020 m. sausį per JAV 🇺🇸 ataką Bagdado tarptautiniame oro uoste žuvo Irano revoliucijos gvardijos generolas Q.Soleimanis. Incidentas padidino įtampą Irane ir visame regione. Irane išaugo antivakarietiškos nuotaikos. 2020 m. sausio 8 d. Teheranas raketomis apšaudė Irako karines bazes, kuriose dislokuoti ir JAV bei sąjungininkų kariai. Padėtis gali eskaluotis.

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URM visą parą budintis telefonas ➡️ +370 5 236 2444 (ir WhatsApp: +370 6998 3537), el. paštas: [email protected].

Lietuvos Respublikos ambasada Kaire/Embassy of Lithuania in Cairo Lietuvos ambasada Jungtiniuose Arabų Emyratuose/ Lithuanian Embassy to UAE Vilnius Airport Kaunas Airport Palanga Airport

Smithsonian Magazine writes about Lithuanian poppy seed milk. It's mentioned last in the article.
12/20/2019
Nine Delicious Holiday Drinks From Around the World

Smithsonian Magazine writes about Lithuanian poppy seed milk. It's mentioned last in the article.

Bored of eggnog? Sick of cider? Here are nine scrumptious end-of-year beverages to sip on from across the globe

Generalinis konsulatas Čikagoje
09/03/2019

Generalinis konsulatas Čikagoje

Šiandien Generaliniame konsulate Čikagoje apsilankė 🇱🇹Seimo narys, istorikas Arvydas Anušauskas. Svečiui Generalinis konsulas Mantvydas Bekešius pristatė konsulato veiklą, taip pat papasakojo apie Čikagos lietuvių organizacijas ir jų indėlį puoselėjant lietuvybę.
Kviečiame visus besidominčius Lietuvos partizanų kovų istorija atvykti rytoj (rugsėjo 4 d.) į Arvydo Anušausko knygos „Aš esu Vanagas“ pristatymą Balzeko lietuvių kultūros muziejuje (Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture), 7:00 PM.
#AšEsuVanagas

2019 Tour to Lithuania – Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
08/01/2019
2019 Tour to Lithuania – Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

2019 Tour to Lithuania – Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

The Museum organizes tours with assistance from Vytis Travel Agency (United States) and Lithuanian Tours (Lithuania). At this time, a trip from Chicago to Lithuania is being organized with a scheduled departure date of September 7th.

Immigrant Heritage Week 2019 - MOIA
04/18/2019
Immigrant Heritage Week 2019 - MOIA

Immigrant Heritage Week 2019 - MOIA

Established in 2004, The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA) organizes Immigrant Heritage Week (IHW). The week pays homage to the legacy of April 17, 1907, the day in NYC history that the largest number of immigrants – 11,000, entered the U.S. through Ellis Island. During this week long c...

This amazing photograph is from the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture Photography Collection. It shows Juozas Naujal...
04/09/2019

This amazing photograph is from the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture Photography Collection. It shows Juozas Naujalis, the most prominent Lithuanian composer, organist, and choir conductor who is often called the Father of Lithuanian Music, visiting Chicago in 1922. Naujalis was born in Raudondvaris, Lithuania 150 years ago today, April 9th. Amazingly, this photo was taken on Naujalis's birthday. He was 53 then. He died in Kaunas, 12 years later. In the photo, Juozas Naujalis is sitting among the members of Knights of Lithuania Chapter 4 Providence of God Parish Choir members. Wouldn't it be interesting to find out the names of those singers?

#CEUFF Festivalyje – ir lietuvių režisieriaus Arūno Matelio filmas.Arūnas Matelis in person! Wonderful Losers: A Differe...
03/05/2019

#CEUFF Festivalyje – ir lietuvių režisieriaus Arūno Matelio filmas.
Arūnas Matelis in person!
Wonderful Losers: A Different World
2017, Arünas Matelis, Lithuania, 72 min.
Showtimes:
Sat, Mar 16, 2019 - 05:15pm
Wed, Mar 20, 2019 - 08:00pm
http://www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ceuff/2019/festivalfilms

03/05/2019
Pasaulio lietuvių žinios

Pasaulio lietuvių žinios

Čikagoje esantis Balzeko lietuvių kultūros muziejus jau penkioliktą kartą į tradicinę Užgavėnių šventę sukvietė šeštadieninių lituanistinių mokyklų auklėtinius. Šiemet į renginį muziejuje susirinko net 50 Lemonte veikiančios Maironio lituanistinės mokyklos trečiokų.

#Užgavėnės #Čikagoslietuviai

Working on the installation of the "For Freedom" exhibition. It will open this Friday, January 18th, at 6 pm in New York...
01/14/2019

Working on the installation of the "For Freedom" exhibition. It will open this Friday, January 18th, at 6 pm in New York, SLA, 307 W. 30th Street.

Draugas rašo apie amerikiečius, kurie Balzeko lietuvių kultūros muziejuje kiekvieną šeštadienį renkasi mokytis lietuvių ...
12/12/2018
Amerikiečiai: mes kalbėsime lietuviškai

Draugas rašo apie amerikiečius, kurie Balzeko lietuvių kultūros muziejuje kiekvieną šeštadienį renkasi mokytis lietuvių kalbos. Jų mokytojos – Silvija Radvilienė ir Ramunė Račkauskienė.

Kalbino Virginija Petrauskienė. Balzeko lietuvių kultūros muziejuje kiekvieną šeštadienį susiren...

Lietuvos ambasada Vašingtone / Embassy of Lithuania in Washington, D.C.
10/25/2018

Lietuvos ambasada Vašingtone / Embassy of Lithuania in Washington, D.C.

Delighted to present “For Freedom” – the exhibition that was put together by Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture at the European Union in the United States last night!
A discussion about the ideals of freedom and democracy and the role of Lithuanian – Americans in achieving Lithuania’s independence complemented the exhibition.
Grateful to our panelists Jeffrey Gedmin from Atlantic Council, the curator of the exhibit Irena Chambers, Inga Stanyte – Tolockiene from Užsienio reikalų ministerija and Ambassador David O’Sullivan of European Union in the United States for welcoming remarks.

Globali Lietuva - Global Lithuania
08/28/2018
Globali Lietuva - Global Lithuania

Globali Lietuva - Global Lithuania

Balzeko lietuvių kultūros muziejus METŲ ŽMOGUMI paskelbė MARIJŲ GUDYNĄ, Užsienio reikalų ministerijos Užsienio lietuvių departamento direktorių.

"Apdovanojimą priimsiu ne kaip savo, bet mūsų visų bendro ir sutelkto darbo lietuvybei ir Lietuvai įvertinimą. Manau, kad yra labai svarbu įvardinti, jog ta susitel­kimo ir vienybės dvasia, kuria visi gyvenome ir tie darbai, kuriuos visi kartu padarėme, buvo mūsų bendrų pastangų rezultatas", - sako Marijus Gudynas, penkerius metus ėjęs generalinio konsulo Čikagoje pareigas.

Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture JAV Lietuvių Bendruomenė / Lithuanian American Community, Inc. JAV Čikagos Lietuvių Apylinkė Generalinis konsulatas Čikagoje Užsienio reikalų ministerija

Address

6500 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL
60629

From downtown Chicago, take the Orange Line towards Midway to Pulaski stop; then take Bus53A Southbound on Pulaski to 65th Street.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(773) 582-6500

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My deepest sympathies to the Balzekas family and the Lithuanian community. He was an incredible man so proud of his heritage and his culture and community. I met with Mr. Balzekas and toured the museum many times while I was the Administrator at the Ukrainian National Museum. Noriu pareikšti gilią užuojautą visiems jo šeimos nariams.
As ieskau gyvenimo drauges.Mano tef 01137065118018 .Mano skaipas gintas868
my husband's family settled in Massachusetts in early 1900's and worked in the mills. His father served in the US Army in 1917, ny husband served in WWII. While in Germany he met Lithuanians DPs. Cannot find any relatives on the Area around Worcester. City had 3 active Lithuanian clubs, one church and neigbhorhood Family names: Kazimers Waivada, Chibas, Tamasaukas. Cannot find immigration records either. Probably due to spelling of names for males and females. My mother in law read the Lithuanian newspaper printed in Chicago. Also have a book of recipes. Very simple food reflecting the poorness of the early immigrants to the US.
Linksmų Šv. Kalėdų - Merry Christmas from all of us at the Lithuanian National Cemetery
Laba diena, Raso Gintaras Stadalius yra Lietuvos. Ar galite man padeti isidarbint Amerikoje prižiūrėti senus žmones lietuvius. Mano skaipas gintas868 .Mano el; pastos; [email protected] . Mano tef 01137065118018. Visiems lietuviams tariu Aciu
Are you open today? Sunday May 27 2018
Labas, gal Jus domina musu rankdarbiai?
An immigrants story..Just like so many other's. I have spent 8 years chasing down the many variations of my original Lithuniana last name ...Vaseikis.
RESENTATION ABOUT THE NEW ART ACQUSITONS TO THE BALZEKAS MUSEUM BY DAIVA KARUZA January 17, 2018, Wed. at 7:00 PM A presentation about the new art acquisitions of the art collection at Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture will be presented on January 17, 2018 Wednesday at 7:00 PM, in the Amber ballroom on the second floor. Daiva Valeria Karuza (-ite), art curator at the museum, will introduce the participants to newly acquired works and speak about the works from the collection that have been rotated into the art that is on view. The museum has the largest, prestigious collection of Lithuanian and Lithuanian American art, with over 75 works on view. Daiva Karuza will speak about the recent art acquisitions gifted to the museum by donor Andrew John Petrusis, from the Halina Bagdonas collection. The paintings reflect a wide scope of Lithuanian art including a scene of the town of Zarasai by the accomplished artist Antanas Rukstele, representative pieces (including an abstract) by Audrone Bagdonaite-Petrusis, a scene of Marquette Park in the springtime by B. Zemaitiene, a landscape by Mikas Sileikis and a still life of Juozas Domeika. The presentation is no cost to Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture members. A donation of $10 is suggested for non-members. Refreshments will be served. The programs are partially supported by grants from the following organizations: Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Illinois Arts Council, and private donors. Daiva Karuza
My new historical novel " Sylvia's Book Smuggler", set in America and Lithuania and loosely based on my great grandfather Tomas Zickauskas who was a book smuggler in Lithuania, will be available online from amazon, booktopia, book depository etc from Jan 16th. Also on kindle. Can be pre-ordered. Paperback: https://www.amazon.com.au/Sylvias-Book-Smuggler-Jura-Reilly/dp/0648203808/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= https://www.amazon.com.au/Sylvias-Book-Smuggler-JURA-REILLY-ebook/dp/B078B2449R
Everyone that works the museum including Mr.Balzekas recognizes Robert Sobut for his previous hours helping the museum get organized.🙏🏼🍾
In 2017, if you are leaving Lithuania and going into Kaliningrad, would the border sign say Welcome to Kaliningrad? Or Welcome to Russia? I assume Kaliningrad, (or even Welcome to the Russian Federation) but our art department thought Welcome to Russia, and now it's a whole problem. Can anyone advise?