Peters Traces His RootsOctober, 1994

Vidzeme and the Kulle Family

The presentation of this album marks a closure.

I had written Latvian travelogue albums after my 1993 and 1994 trips. Friends who read them encouraged me to share my experiences. That was how I originally started this web site (first, on AOL). Despite being the impetus for this site, those albums had not seen the web except for a handful of pictures. Until now, they've been sitting quietly on various bookshelves, either at home or on extended "visits" with friends.

I am glad to finally share my experiences, traveling to Latvia in 1994 -- the trip I went back to Vidzeme to find my family's (Kulle, Balodis...) roots.

The album title is "Pilgrimage to the Past." As you can see, the album format consists of side-by-side loose-leaf pages which hold three photos each, six total, in a spread. One or more narrative cards inserted in each "spread" tell the story of the adjacent pictures.

Click on the album to enter!

Here's an index to make it easier to get to where you might have left off:

  1. Departing, 1-2
  2. Evening at the theater, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12
  3. Riga [1], 13-14
  4. Vecaki, 15-16, 17-18, 19-20
  5. Going Back (Vidzeme)
    1. Velena, 21-22, 23-24
    2. Grandfather's windmill (Lizums), 25-26
    3. Dravnieki (relative's homestead), 27-28
    4. Druviena, 29-30
    5. Grandfather's watermill (Perle), 31-32, 33-34
    6. Aluksne, 35-36, 37
  6. Riga [2], 38, 39-40, 41-42, 43-44, 45-46, 47-48, 49-50, 51-52
  7. Aunt Laura's looking glass (old family photos), 53-54
  8. (Going out to) Mordanga [1], 55-56, 57-58
  9. Sabile, 59-60
  10. Devil's Rock, 61-62
  11. Mordanga [2], 63-64, 65-66
  12. Talsi, 67-68, 69-70
  13. Muiznieku kapi (cemetery), 71-72
  14. Mordanga [3], 73-74, 75-76, 77-78, 79-80, 81-82
  15. Mushrooming, 83-84
  16. Usma, 85-86
  17. (Last night in) Mordanga [4], 87-88, 89-90, 91-92
  18. (Last morning in) Mordanga [5], 93-94, 95-96,97
  19. On the road to Kuldiga, 98
  20. Goodbyes, 99-100
  21. Epilogue 2001, 101

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