Exhibitions - Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Exhibitions - Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Art exhibits by invited artists and a permanent collection of works by Lithuanian and Lithuanian-American artists
Research & Resource Center for East European Studies
The center is made up of a number of collections: the reference library contains over 40,000 volumes on history and culture of Lithuania and Eastern Europe; the collection of rare books and pamphlets contains publications from the 16th to the 19th century; the largest collection of archival manuscripts and periodicals outside of Lithuania; a collection of 10,000 files of pamphlets and records of historical and cultural documents; and more than 50,000 photos and thousands of recordings of Lithuanian music, musical scores and programs.

Immigration History and Lithuanian Americal Genealogy Society
The department, chaired by Jessie Daraska, started with the the work of Mildred Kletz on genealogy in 1984 and continues to expand in genealogical information on "Lithuanian Pioneers" and their descendents. It publishes a newsletter Genealogija, edited by Julie Daraska Balzekas, devoted to immigration history and genealogy. Lithuanian American Geneology Society, presided by Robert Balzekas, provides its members the basic information and guidance they need to trace their ancestors.

The Irene Balzekas Memorial Map Collection
A collection of more than 200 antiquarian, dating from 16th to the 19th centuries, and 700 modern maps of Lithuania and Eastern Europe and atlases.
Numismatic Collection
The Museum contains one of the best collections of Lithuanian coins, currency, tokens, medals, military orders, and decorations in the United States. Frank Passic is the numismatic curator at the Museum, the founder of the Lithuanian Numismatic Association, and the editor of the numismatic publication The Knight.

Folk Arts
Folk artist Ursule Astras is the director of folk art workshops and exhibits. There are annual Lithuanian Easter egg decoration and Christmas straw ornament construction workshops and exhibits. Demonstrations of traditional spinning and weaving have been presented by members of the Lithuanian Folk Arts Institute.

Women's Guild
The guild was organized by the late Irene Radvilas Balzekas in 1968. It raises funds and sponsors exhibits.

Edward Mankus Audio-Visual Room and Archives
A state-of-the-art audio-visual facility, directed by Edward Mankus, can seat 50 for slide, video and film presentations. It is also used for exhibits by prominent American and Lithuanian photographers.

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