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Engineering photography: Eduards Kraucs and the construction of the Ķegums hydroelectric power plant in Latvia

The construction of the Ķegums Hydropower Plant was one of the greatest achievements of the Latvian state during the interwar period. This blog introduces the photography of Eduards Kraucs whose collection of photographs documenting the construction reflects a unique industrial heritage and Latvian engineering achievements.

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Dokumentārā mantojuma vērtība – Eduarda Krauca kolekcija par Ķeguma spēkstacijas celtniecību Latvijā 1936. – 1940. gadā

Latvijas valsts starpkaru periodā (1918–1940) viens no lielākajiem sasniegumiem tautsaimniecībā bija Ķeguma spēkstacijas celtniecība. 1939. gada 15. oktobrī iedarbinātā Ķeguma spēkstacija tolaik bija viena no modernākajām hidroelektrostacijām Eiropā. 1939. gada 22. decembrī nodibināja valsts uzņēmumu “Ķegums”, veicinot enerģētikas nozares attīstību un liekot pamatus vienotai valsts elektroapgādei.

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The Latvian “nightingale” Elfrīda Pakule

Historical sound recordings are treasures that, since the end of 19th century, inform us about musical life, about performers and about musical interpretation. We would like to tell you about one of the great 20th century Latvian opera voices, a coloratura soprano, whose recording legacy is a powerful witness to her remarkable voice.

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Freedom Monument celebrates Latvia’s independence

Guest blog by the National  Library of Latvia to celebrate Latvia’s Independence  Day on 18 November. People have always honoured their heroes – those who have wrought majestic accomplishments and been involved in great historical events – by building monuments to them. Monumental stones and words of gravitas ensure that powerful thoughts and uplifting accomplishments […]

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The Baltic Way: the day holding hands changed the world

On 23 August 1989, two million people held hands to form a human chain over 600 kilometres long linking three capital cities – Tallinn in Estonia, Riga in Latvia and Vilnius in Lithuania. This peaceful political demonstration became known as ‘The Baltic Way’. The Baltic Way was a massive demonstration for freedom, commemorating the 50th […]

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Latvia: Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende

Arti­cle by Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende, Minister for Culture: Latvian Song and Dance Celebration Tradition  During the 19th century, the tradition of public song celebration festivals as a European cultural phenomenon was born and spread as a patriotic movement, throughout several European countries, including the Baltic region. The first overall public celebration of songs took place in Latvia […]

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Images of Latvia through time

In time for November celebrations of Latvia’s Independence Day, the unique treasures of Latvia revealed in its majestic scenery, ancient castles, beautiful parks and its people, can be now discovered on Europeana. The recently-added collection Lost Latvia from the Latvian National Library opens access to over 18,000 drawings, postcards and photographs from the 19th century […]

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