Ethnographic homestead of Pranas Dzūkas

The ethnographic homestead of Pranas Dzūkas is one of the largest branches of Lazdijai Region Museum, which encompasses six buildings: a dwelling house, a garner (granary), a barn, a forge, and two farm buildings. One of the farm buildings has been adapted to stage activities, so an amateur “Sodžius” theatre operates near the ethnographic homestead of Pranas Dzūkas. Exhibits of large dimensions are stored in the spacious buildings of the branch: an oil pressure machine, wood chip manufacturing equipment, thresher, etc. The homestead reflects the mode of life of the early 20th century Dzūkija. Antique farm implements, furniture, and household item exhibitions await visitors in the homestead.

The museum was established in Delnica village following Algirdas Savulis‘s initiative in 1972. It recalls not only the daily life of earlier times but also the nearly-defunct Delnica village, located in between Šeštokai and Birutės settlements. Even though ethnographically the homestead belongs to Dzūkija region, the boundary is not far off. Locals consider the railway track located two kilometres to the west from the homestead to be the boundary between Dzūkija and Suvalkija regions. The museum is situated a bit farther from busy roads but is not hard to reach, therefore, it is very suitable for educational activities, field trips, and festivals. The ethnographic homestead of Pranas Dzūkas is like a retirement home where the young generation can get to know the past, the older generation can remember the childhood, while seniors can recall their young days.

Events. Music evenings and the now-traditional amateur theatre festival “Susipažinkime” (“Let’s Meet”), where at least four theatres from various Lithuanian regions and not only Lazdijai participate, are hosted in the homestead annually during the warm time of year

Educational activities.

Educational programme “Žilvičio Dūdelė” (“Willow Reed”) is hosted from the end of April until the beginning of June. During the educational activities participants become acquainted with the life of shepherds, their duties, as well as learn to make a shepherds reed from willow.

 Educational programme “Mažas Vabaliukas, Jame Aštrus Kirveliukas” (“Small Bug with a Sharp Sting Inside”) is hosted from May to August. It provides education on bees, the trade of beekeeping, the goods provided by bees and beliefs related to beekeeping.

Educational programme “Dzūkelio Buitis” (“Dzūkija Resident’s Mode of Life”) takes place from May until September, where participants become acquainted with the mode of life of the residents of Dzūkija region, the tools that would be used and the jobs that would be carried out.

Information for visitors.

Participating in educational programmes and visiting the museum is free of charge.

Educational programme and excursion bookings as well as consultations can be made by using the contact information below:

Phone: +370 617 31489

Email: jurate.paciukonienė@lazdijai.lt

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