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Wordless Wednesday - Latvian Composers and Song Festival

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Monument to Latvian composers at Viesturdārzs (“Viesturs Park”) in northern Rīga, also the oldest park in the city (1711). It was the site of the first Latvian Song Festival, at the end of June, 1873. The monument was built in 1973, at the 100th anniversary of the song festival, and modified in [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Statue of Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly

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Statue of Field Marshall Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly was a descendant of Scottish clan Barclay whose family had settled in the Russian Empire. His grandfather Peter was the mayor of Rīga for a time. As Field Marshall, Michael Andreas was the commander of the Russian army against Napoleon in the early [...]

Wordless Wednesday – Grundtvigs Kirke, Copenhagen

It took some sleuthing to find which Danish church this was, but I finally found it! It is Grundtvigs Kirke in the Bispebjerg district of Copenhagen.

My great-aunt and grandmother in Grundtvigs Kirke in Copenhagen, c. 1948.

Wordless Wednesday – Post-Winter Hijinks, c. 1949

The results of last week’s snowball fight…. my grandmother and great-aunt are covered in snow, while it appears that my great-uncle has escaped serious snow damage. My grandfather has taken over holding the camera, who knows what he looks like!

Wordless Wednesday – Winter Hijinks, c. 1949

My great-uncle Jānis, my great-aunt Marta and my grandfather Aleks about to get up to some winter hijinks during what I believe is their first winter in Canada, c. 1949. Pay attention to the snowball in my grandfather’s hands! See the results of that snowball next week!

Wordless Wednesday – Winter Wonderland, c. 1946

My great-aunt Marta Jakstāne (born Līcīte) in a winter storm in Copenhagen, Denmark, c. 1946.

Wordless Wednesday – Christmas, c. 1955

My mother’s family at Christmas, c. 1955. My grandmother is seated on the left, my great-aunt Marta seated on the right. Great-uncle Jānis is holding my mother, who looks to be three or four in this photo. Grandfather Aleks would have been the photographer.

Wordless Wednesday – Last Looks, c. 1945-1955

The last photo I have of my great-grandparents Brencis and Jūle (b. Štelmāhere) Līcītis. I believe it was sent to their daughters in Canada sometime in the late 1940s, since Brencis died somewhere around that time, and Jūle died in 1959.

Wordless Wednesday – Two Martas, 1911

My great-grandmother Jūle Līcīte (b. Štelmahere) with her daughter Marta Līcīte (the baby) and her half-niece Marta Šmits (the older girl) , c. 1911. Marta Līcīte is my great-aunt, who passed away one year and one week ago. See my tribute to her here.

Wordless Wednesday – School Play, 1925

Photograph of what is probably a school play or skit of some kind at the primary school in Krustpils, c. 1925. My grandmother is the girl in the middle of the first row.