Latvia: People, Culture, Perspectives, History

Sveiks! Sveikas! Terviseks! Welcome!

My Gold is My People,
My Honor is Their Honor

Rudolfs Blaumanis (1863-1908)

Our photos and travel­ogues share our love for Latvia and our heritage.

Explore the post-WWII exile ex­pe­ri­ence and the mission to preserve Latvian culture and identity in the post-war diaspora, whether the West or the GULAG.

Our icon is the sign of the Latvian serpentine deity of knowledge, Zalktis. Pagans believed eating this snake would bestow the knowledge to speak with their ancestors.

More about signs, alleged controversies — and thousands of mittens.

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Center for Baltic Heritage

The Estonians, Latvians, and Lithuanians have lived along the Baltic at least four millennia. The Baltics were well known until they were lost behind the Iron Curtain. Now they still strug­gle to shed half a century of Soviet-era obscurity. Our CfBH reference project reveals Baltic culture and history through accounts and images contemporaneous to their times.

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