LITHUANIA GALLERY EXHIBIT - "CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS"
Tree Straw Ornaments, a Lithuanian folk art, started with a request from the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry to Josephine Dauzvardis, the wife of Petras, former Consul of Luthuania in Chicago (1937-1961). She was asked to design a Lithuanian tree for the international Christmas tree exhibition. With the help of Sisters of St. Casimir, Josephine came up with using straw ornaments instead of wheat or rye used as house decorations in Lithuania. The ornaments have a variety of designs like snowflakes, stars and chains.
Visitors to this gallery of the museum can see similar straw ornaments. Our beloved former board member Anna Keraminas made these ornaments for the Ethnic Heritage Museum to display. The museum offers workshops in straw ornament making.
Ornaments may be purchased in the museum Lockwood gift shop along with other gallery items.
Another Christmas display to see is the Beeswax Nativity made by Anna and her husband.
The bees wax was taken from bee hives in their backyard. It took several years for them to collect the wax from the hives and assemble for all to see.
A visit to this gallery is a unique experience and linger for a time to take in all the sights!