The history of Lithuania and Kretinga region from 1918 to 1990
This virtual exhibition features a part of the Kretinga Museum exhibits (that were digitized in 2017) depicting the history of Lithuania and Kretinga region from 1918 to 1990. The most interesting of them are the decrees of the military commandant of Seda county, Povilas Plechavičius, in Lithuanian and Yiddish
languages for the mobilization of recruits, on 5 th of March, 1919, after the announcement of the first mobilization into the Lithuanian Army.
The painting painted by artist Saulius Kruopis depicts members of three generations of Count Tiškevičius family which contributed to the prosperity of Kretinga and the defense of Lithuania's independence. During the interwar period, Kretinga was the administrative center of the county and the capital of the Franciscan Order in the province of Lithuania. Then, a new railway station, a gymnasium of the Franciscan Order and Lourdes was built in the town, congresses of the Third Order of Lithuania were taking place.
The aspects of political life are reflected in a photo of the members of the county council and the board members of the year 1923–925 county council, as well as in lists of candidates for parties and political organizations, and proclamations for elections to the Seimas. Among public organizations, the Kretinga regiment of Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union was dominant. Its members erected a monument to commemorate the 10 th anniversary of Lithuanian independence, promoted the ideas of liberation of Vilnius.
During the Second World War the town of Kretinga burned down. During the period of 1944–1953 the partisans of Sward regiment assembled by Kazimieras Kontrimas were fighting for freedom in the Kretinga area. After the restoration of independence, the people of Kretinga were the first in Lithuania to unveil a monument to commemorate the victims of the Lithuanian nation (unveiled on 1 st of November, 1988).
The exhibition was prepared in the framework of the project "Centennial of Lithuania in the exhibits of Lithuanian museums", which is supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania. The project is dedicated to commemorate and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of the Lithuanian state.