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Exhibitions

Exposition

The exhibition “Anss Lerhis-Puškaitis and Fairy Tales”
 
This exhibition focuses on the life story of the teacher, writer, folklorist and social activist Anss Lerhis-Puškaitis, who did a lot of work in terms of collecting and publishing Latvian fairy tales.  The restored office in which the teacher used to work has gradually been filled up with interior design objects, as well as personal items from the distinguished individual.  The folklore collection includes examples of his handwriting, an inkwell that comes from the Museum of Writing and Music, several original fairy tales which Lerhis-Puškaitis wrote, and copies of the collections of fairy tales that he published.
The exhibition is supplemented with the Fairy Tale Room, which has been designed on the basis of motifs from the Latvian fairy tale “Sprīdītis”, as recorded by Lerhis-Puškaitis.  Sprīdītis was a small, curious, clever and courageous boy who went out into the world to battle robbers and a bear, beating them with his wisdom and cleverness.
The truth is that the curious and ambitious Sprīdītis was based on Lerhis-Puškaitis himself.  He was an ordinary countryside teacher who, during the 42 years of his life, did enormous work in establishing a school at Lancenieki, educating children and teachers in the region, planting a garden at the school and designing a landscape park at the Džūkste Association’s headquarters, and collecting and publishing the largest collection of fairy tales in Europe at that time.
 
 
A special exhibition
A floorboard signed by Anss Lerhis-Puškaitis
 
A floorboard from Anss Lerhis-Puškaitis’ office was found during restoration work at the Lancenieki school in Džūkste on December 22, 2011.  On the board is the signature of the teacher and folklorist, along with information to say that the floor was originally created on May 24, 1889, and the timber came from Freja.
The discovery shows that stories about problems in the construction of the school and in the use of poor-quality building materials were true.  The floor in the teacher’s flat had to be replaced six years after the school was opened.  The aforementioned floorboard can be found in the Fairy Tale Museum in Džūkste, together with his handwriting samples and his inkwell.  Another discovery was the head of a pipe that was found under the floor of the office.  It may have belonged to a craftsman or perhaps even to Puškaitis himself, because as a young man he reportedly smoked a pipe.