European scale collecting of statements from year 1989 started

European scale collecting of statements from year 1989 started
F64 . The Baltic Way, 1989
11-06-2013 A+ A-
"Europeana" digital library supporting united, multi-lingual access to European cultural heritage started an ambitious project "Europeana 1989". Therefore, European residents are invited to involve in making a digital collection relating to events of Fall of the Iron Curtain.
Especially people from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are invited to share their memories about The Baltic Way.
Statement collecting will be open from 22 to 24 August in Esplanāde park, Riga, opposite the monument to Rainis, in "Rīga 2014" open office –  "Esplanāde 2014".

"Europeana Newspapers" information day will be held on 22 August, in "Rīga 2014" tent. It will draw attention to such important segment of digital library as newspapers and magazines. "Europeana" currently supports access to 23 million digital books, movies, paintings, museum objects and archive documents from approximately 2200 content creators around Europe. This includes materials from Latvia, as well. National Library of Latvia will soon offer 500 thousand pages of digital newspapers to readers of the library and 

Collecting in Lithuania is planned on 9 and 10 August and on 13 august in Panevezys. But in Tallin, all Estonian residents are invited to share with their statements on 30 and 31 August.
"Europeana 1989" was opened on 8 June, in Warsaw together with the public discussion and first compilation of collection' s digital materials. Special ambassadors from European partner countries project also attended the opening. Latvia was represented by Andris Vilks, the director of National Library of Latvia and Sarmīte Ēlerte, the ambassador of "Europeana 1989", also working in politics and journalism.
Vytautas Landsbergis has agreed to be the ambassador of Lithuanian project. He is one of the leading figures of Lithuanian independence movement. Estonia will be presented by Tunne Kelam, he, in that event, is the leader of Estonian independence movement. From Czech Republic there will be Petr Janyška, one of "Velvet Revolution" activists, also a translator. Wolfgang Templin, publicist and civil rights activist, will represent Germany, from Hungary there will be László Rajk, former dissident and also civil rights activist, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, first non-communist prime minister in Eastern Bloc after World War II, also a writer working in politics, will come from Poland. Finally, photojournalist Chris Niedenthal, who documented life during the times of the Iron Curtain, will take part. His works have gained attention in world' s most important media and also won several international awards.


Project ambassadors shared their memories and showed some personal belongings from this time when the discussion was over. Those belongings were variable – brochures, toy bear and even "Polonez" car produced in 1980ies, in Poland. This is the biggest digitalized object so far. Sarmīte Ēlerte, Latvian ambassador, took "Abava" radio. Every Latvian during the days of independence had "Abava", so they could follow up latest news. "Abava" was photographed and uploaded on
"Two million people from Baltic countries joined hands for 15 minutes in order to show the rest of the world that independence is a must in every country. It was so emotional. Those taking part in The Baltic Way will always remember it," notes Sarmīte Ēlerte.
The goal for "Europeana 1989" in context of Baltics is to digitally present  historic events of The Baltic Way on a digital project map. 
Baltic people are invited to involve with their memories, photos, video and audio files by marking the place on a map where they once standed on 23 August, 1989. This option is available from 11 June.
"History is not only in museums and other materials kept in some institution. History is what we have experienced, what real people have lived through. We have to be proud of our knowledge and our experience. We have to share our memories so we can create history of our countries," says Jill Cousins, CEO of "Europeana".
In Baltics, the project is organised in cooperation with all three national libraries from Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.


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