BARN – THE REFLECTION OF THE FAMILY’S WEALTH
The exposition inside the barn takes visitors into the daily life of the Birznieki family, where they can get to know the traditional aspects of living on a farmstead.
The excerpts from E. Birznieks-Upītis’ trilogy “Pastariņš’ Diary” correlate to the exhibits, describing the material world in an imaginative and realistic manner, which was so customary and ordinary to Pastariņš, but is so distant and unfamiliar to most children and adults nowadays.
These items depict the practical side of living on a Northern Kurzeme farmstead: the daily jobs of men and women, food storage, agriculture tools and accessories. Many of them were used on the Bisnieki farmstead. The former grain barn will introduce you to the ethnographic objects that help grains become bread: seedlips, flour chests, shovels, grain and flour sifters, kneading troughs, bread peels and a collection of tools for measuring volume. The carthouse is where you will find agriculture and woodworking tools used by the men at Bisnieki: ploughs, harrows and rope-making tools. The exposition also glimpses upon the fields and the garden at Bisnieki. Dowry chests, women’s work tools and various household items can be seen at the clothing, or living, barn.
State Culture Capital Foundation’s special-purpose programme “Latvia – 100” within the project “Pastariņš’ Home – Bisnieki Farmstead in Northern Kurzeme – The Model of Latvian History” is co-financed by Tukums Municipality Council.