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Where My “Lithuanians, Lithuanian-Americans and Americans who are interested in off-the-beaten-path minority cultures” At?

by Prince Of Petworth February 16, 2018 at 9:30 am 0

“The map of Lithuanian Washington is accessible here.”

From a press release:

“This first-ever map of the Lithuanian-American heritage has been funded by the Lithuanian government to commemorate its centenary, to be celebrated this week.

Among the key featured Lithuanian locations of Washington is the Our Lady of Šiluva chapel in the National Shrine of Immaculate Conception. According to the leader of the mapping project Augustinas Žemaitis, “The chapel is arguably the single most extensive Lithuanian artwork in the Americas. It includes a lot of secular symbols in addition to the religious ones, serving as a visual guide to the Lithuanian history”.

Washington also hosts the world’s oldest Lithuanian embassy and the grave of one of the nation’s most famous poets Henrikas Radauskas, who fled the Soviet occupation to America.

In Arlington, the new map marks the grave of an American veteran Samuel Harris who was killed by communists in Lithuania and a Lithuanian-born US war hero Walter Sabalauski. The Smithsonian museums that have Lithuania-related artifacts are also marked.

The new online map of Lithuanian heritage includes pictures and story of each location. All this content was created by a team of experts who visited Washington area in October, 2017.

It is expected that the bilingual Lithuanian-English map will encourage tourism, as Lithuanians, Lithuanian-Americans and Americans who are interested in off-the-beaten-path minority cultures would all come to visit the mapped sites.

Republic of Lithuania celebrates its centenary on the 16th of February, 2018.”


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