The Nordic Grant Scheme for Network Co-operation with the Baltic Countries and Northwest Russia 2003/2004
Personal and cross-cultural identities in every-day life stories
Development of research and presentation methods
The international network with the support of Nordic Council
The visits to academic institutions and other research and cultural organizations provided
an opportunity to compare not only the way in which work is organized in similar types
of institutions in Latvia and the Nordic countries, but also to learn about research,
collection of materials, organization, analysis etc.
The archive of the Nordiska Museet in Stockholm (Sweden) ( Foto) and the Emigration Museum
in Hamar (Norway) (Video 5.4MB) deserve special mention.
The in-depth excursion and seminars provided detailed information about their collected materials.
They demonstrated their experience with key methodological approaches, data gathering, preservation, analytical and other topics.
Learning about different studies provided inspiration for ideas in developing similar projects in Latvia.
In total, more than fifteen museum and research institutions were visited in Norden countries.
Seminars conducted in Riga by Nordic scholars inspired a new specialization in oral history and biographical research
for researchers as well as students at the University of Latvia.
The partners we invited to join our project represented oral history researchers in the Nordic countries:
Dr. Simo Laakkonen, Senior Lecturer of Department of Social Policy, University of Helsinki
Dr. Knut Djupedal, Director of the Norwegian Emigrant Museum in Hamar
Dr. Christian Richette, archivist at Nordiska Museet in Stockholm
Dr. Simo Laakkonen at the presentation People and the Sea in Riga
The Research Center at the Norwegian Emigrant Museum: Personal Archives
Dr. Knut Djupedal and Latvian researchers in the Norwegian Emigrant Museum
Outdoor exposition at the Norwegian Emigrant Museim.
Partners from Norway and Latvia in front of Norwegian Emigration Memorial Church
( the Oak RidgeChurch) reassembled at 2003
The presentation of Dr. Christian Richette at the seminar in Riga
In Memoriam: HUGO LEGZDIŅŠ
the last commander of the submarine Ronis
Hugo Legzdiņš, was born on December 7, 1903.
In 1926, he joined the Latvian submarine division and participated
in the christening of the submarine Ronis
(The Seal) in France. In 1938, he completed his studies at the
French Maritime Academy. In 1940, he became the last commander
of the submarine Ronis. In 1941, the Soviet occupation regime took
over the submarines and dismissed Hugo Legzdiņš from his post, but thereafter
and for all of his active life he taught aspiring sailors astronomy and navigation.
Hugo Legzdins died on July 20, 2004.
M.Zirnīte. Livonian Life-story - source
of Identity. Lives, Histories and Identities ,
Tartu, University of Tartu, Estonian Literary Museum, 2002, I, pp. 38-56