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.”