Omaha Lithuanian Women’s Club was founded in 1974 to promote and sustain the Lithuanian language, culture, and traditions in the Omaha community. Profits from our fundraising activities support Lithuanian and local charities.
CultureFest with (l. to r.) Irena Matz, Kristina Jonyka, and Aldona Tanner. Photos by Algis Praits.
2015 was our first year participating in both events. CultureFest was held on Sunday, February 22nd. The event was sponsored by the Service Learning Academy of the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The participants included ethnic, student, and humanitarian groups. Some had exhibits
and others performed. We were excited to showcase our Lithuanian culture. Our display included amber, Easter eggs, hand-made straw ornaments, and art work.
On July 26th, our club sponsored a free showing of The Invisible Front at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. We had a packed room watching the Lithuanian underground resistance against Soviet oppression.
On Saturday, September 12th, we participated in a cultural conference sponsored by the Douglas County Historical Society. One of our members, Kristina Jonyka, was a speaker at two sessions that covered the Lithuanian immigrants in Omaha. Her presentation included timelines for
arrivals, employment, St. Anthony’s parish and school, social activities, choir and dance groups, and key events. We also had a Lithuanian cultural display table.
This year, the Omaha Sister Cities Association celebrated our 50 year anniversary since establishing our first sister city with Shizuoka, Japan. The sister cities that have been established since then are Braunschweig (Germany), Šiauliai (Lithuania), Naas (Ireland), Xalapa (Mexico), and Yantai (China). As part of this celebration, a subgroup of the Sister Cities, Omaha Friends of Šiauliai, invited guests from Lithuania to help us celebrate. In collaboration with the University of Nebraska Omaha, the Saulė folk music ensemble from Šiauliai University traveled to Omaha and held
several performances. They were the special performers at the International Friendship Banquet celebrating the 50th anniversary.
The Omaha Lithuanian Women’s Club contributed towards Saulė’s lodging expenses during their stay. On Sunday, September 20th, we had a free performance by Saulė at St. Peter & Paul gym and the Lithuanian Women’s Club prepared a complimentary luncheon.
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