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2016

Lithuanians at Cleveland Multicultural Event

The Cleveland Lithuanian Community was represented at the 7th annual International Community Council - Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) holiday party on December 14, 2016.

120 people participated in the fashion show and each walked the runway to music from their country. Click on the white arrow to watch the short video of the Lithuanian models, Rene Kizys, Gabriele Baltrunaite, Madeline Kaunas, Edita Kuizaitiene and Ruta Degutis.



Lithuanian models

Lithuanian models

Lithuanian models

Lithuanian models

Guests enjoyed delicoius Lithuanian food from Gintaras

Guests enjoyed delicious Lithuanian food from Gintaras


See more from the 2016 International Fashion Show


Lithuanian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary

The Lithuanian Cultural Garden is one of the 29 and counting nationality gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. It was dedicated on October 11, 1936 so the 80th anniversary of the Lithuanian Cultural Garden was celebrated on Sunday September 18, 2016.

Members of the Lithuanian community and dignitaries such as US Senator Rob Portman spoke and the Exultate Choir performed Lithuanian songs.

Girls with flowers in Lithuanian dress

Exultate Lithuanian Choir


Photos and videos from the Lithuanian Cultural Gardens 80th


Lithuanian Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

The Lithuanian Cultural Garden and Lithuanian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Lithuania in Parade of Flags

Lithuanian Garden in Parade of Flags

Lithuania in Parade of Flags

Lithuania in Parade of Flags

Lithuania in Parade of Flags

Lithuania in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Lithuanian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Lithuanian Cultural Garden and shared Lithuanian culture.

Lithuanian Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

Lithuanian Cultural Garden at 2016 One World Day

More from 2016 One World Day in Cleveland Cultural Gardens


Baltic Communities remember Senator George Voinovich

Erika Puussaar, a Director of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and delegate to the Estonian Garden, told how grateful the people of the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were to Senator George Voinovich for his work to get the Baltics into NATO.




Lithuanian Ambassador Ginte Damusyte-Damusis in Cleveland

The Lithuanian community of Cleveland celebrated the 98th anniversary of Independence at the Lithuanian Club. The special guest and keynote speaker for the weekend was Ambassador Ginte Damusyte-Damusis.

Ambassador  Ginte Damusyte-Damusis

Ambassador Ginte Damusyte-Damusis


She spoke about Independence, NATO, energy, the diaspora, Soviets, Russia and more

Photos and videos of Ambassador Ginte Damusyte-Damusis


Food Adventure to Lithuania

The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventurers travelled to Lithuania via the Cleveland Lithuanian Club.

They learned about Lithuanian history, language, music, culture and, of course, food. They listened to Virginija Juodisius-Rubinski play traditional Lithuanian songs played on the kankles which is a Lithuanian plucked string musical instrument of the zither family.

The entrees included Cepelinai, the national dish of Lithuanian along with Kugelis (potato pudding), Vedarai (potato sausage) and a more familiar sausage and sauerkraut.

Linas Johansonasexplaining the entrees

Linas Johansonas explaining the entrees


Photos and videos of the Passport Adventure to Lithuania


Lithuanian Community Center and Club

The Lithuanian Club in Cleveland was started in 1920 at East 67th and Superior where St George Church was founded. It has moved a few times and now is on East 185th Street in Cleveland.

Lithuanian Club President Ruta Degutis gave a history of the club. Watch the short video and see photos of the Lithuanian Club in Cleveland.

Lithuanian Club in Cleveland


Photos and video of the Lithuanian Club in Cleveland


Baking a šakotis (Lithuanian tree cake) or Baumkuchen

The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventurers travelled to Lithuania via the Cleveland Lithuanian Club. They not only sampled the famous Lithuanian tree cake in their meal but got to see one being made the traditional way by baker Dainius Zalensas of the Lithuanian Club Bakery.

Dainius Zalensas of the Lithuanian Club Bakery making a Sakotis

Dainius Zalensas making a šakotis

See photos and videos of the Lithuanian Tree Cake (šakotis )


Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventurers travelled to Lithuania via the Cleveland Lithuanian Club. They learned about the Hill of Crosses which is a site of pilgrimage about 12 km north of the city of Šiauliai, in northern Lithuania. Estimates put the number of crosses at over 100,000.

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania

Hill of Crosses in Lithuania
By Pudelek (Marcin Szala) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=17124232


See photos and videos of the Hill of Crosses presentation


The Other Dream Team - Lithuanian Basketball

Following the country's annexation by the Soviet Union during the war, Lithuanian players frequently formed the core of the Soviet national team? The most prevalent example was the 1988 Olympic basketball gold medal-winning team which got most of its scoring from four Lithuanians: Valdemaras Chomicius, Rimas Kurtinaitis, Šarunas Marciulionis and Arvydas Sabonis.

Dan Hanson tells the story of the 1992 Olympics where the Lithuanian team, clad in Greatful Dead jerseys, beat the Russian team and won the Bronze Medal in Barcelona.

Arvydas Sabonis playing the 1988 Olympic semifinal against the United States.

Arvydas Sabonis playing the 1988 Olympic semifinal
against the United States


The story of the Other Dream Team


Ludwiga (Hedwig)

The ClevelandPeople.Com Passport Adventurers travelled to Lithuania via the Cleveland Lithuanian Club. They learned about Jadwiga (St Hedwig) who reigned as the first female monarch of the Kingdom of Poland from 1384 untill her death. Her marriage to Wladyslaw-Jogaila enabled the union of Poland and Lithuania, establishing a large state in East Central Europe.

The story of Jadwiga


Lithuanian Stories

After becoming widowed, Eve Bates earned an Associate of Arts degree at age seventy-five. College teachers told her she had a flare for writing. Her first book was Sudiev! Goodbye!: Joys and Hardships of a Lithuanian Immigrant Girl, a family saga published in 1978 which is now in the permanent collection at the Statue of Liberty Library on Ellis Island, NYC. Complementing Bates second book, My Speckled Tales and Other Dimensions, her third, More Speckled Tales, recounts additional colorful, fantastic stories.






2015

Traditional Lithuanian Clothing

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Models: sisters Rita Kizys and Rene Kizys

These are two Lithuanian folk dance costumes based in design from the northern region of Lithuania. They were woven by a seamstress in Panevezys, Lithuania whom also sews modern bridal and ball gowns. Although both of these were woven in 2013, they have been made the same way that traditional dance costumes have been made for the past century. The costumes consist of a crown, blouse, vest, slip, skirt, apron, and juosta (yo-stah) which is a Lithuanian woven sash. Intricately woven fabric is one of the biggest parts of Lithuanian culture. The colors are vibrant to represent nature and stand out at dance performances, festivals, and celebrations.

Fashion Of Lithiania

Fashion Of Lithiania

Fashion Of Lithiania

Fashion Of Lithiania

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Lithuania‘s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius' First Visit to Cleveland

The Republic of Lithuania's foreign minister Linas Linkevicius arrived in Cleveland from Lithuania on Sept. 25, 2015. It was the Minister's first visit to Cleveland, home of a vibrant Lithuanian community.

The Minister was met at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport by City of Cleveland representatives and the Lithuanian Ambassador from Washington to the USA Rolandas Krisciunas, the Honorary General Consul of Lithuania in Cleveland Ingrida Bublys as well as representatives of the Lithuanian Community.

Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago Marijus Gudynas, Lyra Puisyte-Bostroem, Honorary Consul Ingrida Bublys, Republic of Lithuania Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, Dr. Vik Stankus and Ambassador Rolandas Krišciunas outside St Casimir Church

Consul General of the Republic of Lithuania in Chicago Marijus Gudynas, Lyra Puisyte-Bostroem, Honorary Consul Ingrida Bublys, Republic of Lithuania Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius, Dr. Vik Stankus and Ambassador Rolandas Krišciunas outside St Casimir Church.


Photos and video of the Minister's visit


Cleveland Lithuanians at One World Day

The Lithuanian Community participated in the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens both in their garden and in the Parade of Flags.

Cleveland Lithuanian Community at the 70th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Parade of Flags

Photos of the Lithuanian One World Day marchers


Senator Portman Meets with Cleveland Eastern European Communities

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) traveled to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well as other government officials. Portman has repeatedly called for increased U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as they continue to face Russian aggression.

Senator Portman and Cleveland Eastern European leaders

Senator Portman and Cleveland Eastern European leaders


Portman also traveled to Latvia to meet with Latvian officials, U.S. troops and discuss the importance of the U.S.-Latvia relationship. Prior to his trip, Portman met with Latvian Ambassador Andris Razans to discuss recent developments in U.S.-Latvian relations.

On Friday, April 17, 2015 Senator Portman, co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with members of Eastern European communities in Cleveland to discuss his recent visit to Ukraine and Latvia.

More from Senator Portman's meeting at the Ukrainian Museum & Archives


2013

Traditional Lithuanian dances with traditional Lithuanian costumes
St. Casimir Parish Hall

A wonderful program of traditional Lithuanian music and dance was held at the St. Casimir Parish Hall in Cleveland Ohio. Introductions were both in Lithuanian and English and the performers wore traditional Lithuanian costumes.

Grandis Lithuanian Dance Group came in from Chicago to joing the local performers. Lots of videos and photos from the event.

Lithuanian dancers in traditional costumes



Relationship between Lithuania and Poland

Dr. Vik Stankus told about the relationship between Lithuania and Poland at a celebration of Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Dr. Stankus told of the 500 years the two nations had been allies and how Lithuania took in 60,000 Polish officers and soldiers during World War II and refused to assist the Nazis. The event featured an unveiling of a statue of Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Kosciuszko who was a hero of Poland, Belarus, Lithuania and the United States and fought in the Polish uprising against Russia and the American Revolution.



Later in the program, Ben Stefanski introduced Dr. Vik Stankus of the Ohio Lithuanian community and then told of the close relationship between Poland, Lithuania and Hungary.




Lithuanian Easter Eggs (Pysanky) Techniques
Photos and How-To Videos
Lithuanian American Club
March 3, 2013

Andris Dunduras

Andris Dunduras


Lithuania's 95th Independence Day Celebration - Page 1
Dignitaries and Speeches
St. Casimir Lithuanian Parish Hall
February 16, 2013

95th anniversary of Lithuania sign



Lithuania's 95th Independence Day Celebration - Page 2
Keynote and Entertainment
St. Casimir Lithuanian Parish Hall
February 16, 2013

Lithuanian Saturday School students

Lithuanian Saturday School students


2012

Lithuanian Community at Opening of Ames Family Atrium
Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Cleveland Lithuanian community was represented at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Lithuanian Cultural Garden table


Lithuanian Cultural Garden table


Back to Ames Family Atrium Opening at Cleveland Museum of Art


Svyturys Lithuanian Folk Group
ClevelandPeople.Com International Pavilion
August 31, 2012

Svyturys Lithuanian Folk Group

Svyturys Lithuanian Folk Group



Lithuanian Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Lithuanian Cultural Garden

Lithuanian Cultural Garden at One World Day



Lithuanians at Cleveland's 216th Birthday Party
Musical performance and Fashion Show

Eugene Dicevicius and Romas Zableckas

Eugene Dicevicius and Romas Zableckas singing



Lithuanian Scouts Festival
and visit from Bishop Rimantas Norvila of Lithuania

Bishop Rimantas Norvila of Lithuania

Bishop Rimantas Norvila of Lithuania


Lithianian Scouts with riestainiai

Lithuanian Scouts with Riestainiai



Lithuanian Independence Day in Cleveland
Dignitaries, Entertainment and Flag Raising

Happy Birthday Lithuania - Lietuvis gimtadienis

Happy Birthday Lithuania - Lietuvos gimtadienis

Lithuanian flag bearers - Mylita Nasvytis, Edis Kizys and Amanda Muliolis

Mylita Nasvytis, Edis Kizys and Amanda Muliolis



2011



Dr. Vik Stankus represented the Lithuanian community at the 2nd annual WIN Cleveland Holiday Party celebrating Cleveland's Diversity.


Kent State University and Siauliai University agreement
June 9, 2011

Dr. Stasys Tumenas, Dr. Vidas Lauruska, Mrs Regina Lauruskiene, Ingrida Bublys, Lestor A. Lefton, Dr. Viktoras Stankus, honorary British Consul Sandra Morgan and Dr. Timothy Moerland

Dr. Stasys Tumenas, Dr. Vidas Lauruska, Mrs Regina Lauruskiene, Ingrida Bublys, Lestor A. Lefton, Dr. Viktoras Stankus, honorary British Consul Sandra Morgan and Dr. Timothy Moerland




2010

70th Anniversary of the occupation of the Baltic States
Remembrance of the victims of the initial Mass Deportation on June 13-14, 1941 at Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Church - June 13, 2010

Baltic States remembrance at Latvian Evangelical Church



Lithuanian Independence Celebration - February 21, 2010
St Casmir’s Church - Pictures, Videos and More

Lithuanian dancers at Lithuanian Independence Day Celebration


Organizations and Resources for Lithuanians in Cleveland

The Lithuanian Consulate has opened its new office in Willoughby. The Lithuanian Consulate serves Lithuanians in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

On August 19, 2010 the Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Lithuania, Ingrida Bublys, met with the Mayor of Willoughby, David E. Anderson. At that occasion she shared information about Lithuania as well as the duties of the consulate. The Mayor was presented a book about Lithuania,”Millennium of Lithuania.”

Willoughby Mayor David E. Anderson and Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys

Willoughby Mayor David E. Anderson and Honorary General Consul of the Republic of Lithuania Ingrida Bublys


Lithuanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland
Pillars of Gediminas, Jonas Basanavicius and Maironis statues and more


Lithuanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio - Lower Level


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Cleveland Lithuanian Feedback and Memories

Lithuanian Svyturys Dance Group - Nick Hallal, Tadas Sirvinskas, Matt Hallal, Andrew Stungys

Lithuanian Svyturys Dance Group
Nick Hallal, Tadas Sirvinskas, Matt Hallal, Andrew Stungys



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Lithuanian History and Culture


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Vincas Kudirka statue in Lithuanian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio (photos by Dan Hanson)

Vincas Kudirka bust in Lithuanian Cultural Garden



Lithuanian lands were united under Mindaugas in 1236; over the next century, through alliances and conquest, Lithuania extended its territory to include most of present-day Belarus and Ukraine. By the end of the 14th century Lithuania was the largest state in Europe.

An alliance with Poland in 1386 led the two countries into a union through the person of a common ruler. In 1569, Lithuania and Poland formally united into a single dual state, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This entity survived until 1795, when its remnants were partitioned by surrounding countries.

Lithuania regained its independence following World War I but was annexed by the USSR in 1940 - an action never recognized by the US and many other countries. On 11 March 1990, Lithuania became the first of the Soviet republics to declare its independence, but Moscow did not recognize this proclamation until September of 1991 (following the abortive coup in Moscow).


Map of Lithuania



The last Russian troops withdrew in 1993. Lithuania subsequently restructured its economy for integration into Western European institutions; it joined both NATO and the EU in the spring of 2004.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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