ANSIS LERHIS-PUŠKAITIS AND FAIRY TALES
The life story of the teacher, writer, folklorist and social worker Ansis Lerhs-Purškaitis (1859–1903).
Džūkste Fairy Tale Museum is located in the former Lancenieki School, which was once the residence and workplace of the folklorist Ansis Lerhis-Purškaitis. He used legends and fairy tales in his work to stimulate the imaginative and thinking capacities of children and build a system of Latvian values.
The exposition, which is set up in the folklorist’s former apartment (the office and living room) gives visitors a glimpse of his contributions to the collection and publishing of Latvian fairy tales and legends. The exposition includes Puškaitis’ inkpot, pipe stummel and other objects. The black floorboard that was found in Puškaitis’ apartment during renovations on 22 December 2011, is also exhibited. It features his signature with the text: “This floor was laid on 24 May 1889 from Freja. A. Lerhis-Puškaitis.”
This exhibition is dedicated to A. Lerhis-Puškaitis and his pupils.
Lerhis-Puškaitis, with his spouse Luīze, used to entertain guests in their living room, including his pupils: brothers Jānis and Kārlis Straubergs, and brothers Ludis and Roberts Bērziņš. They were all born in Džūkste, and their first teacher was none other than A. Lerhis-Puškaitis. The further life of these distinguished citizens of the Džūkste region was related to folkloristics, history and writing, with their creative work permeating the entire endeavour to research and collect Latvian cultural-historical heritage. They were not only teachers and university professors, but also poets.
At the exhibition, visitors have a chance to see a late 19th to early 20th century interior.