Creating proper facilities to
house Latvia’s national heritage has been plagued with false starts
and delays for almost a century. Since the dawn of democratic Latvia
in 1918, the Latvian National Library has been without a permanent
home of its own.
A letter written to the
then-minister of education, Latvian national poet Janis Plieksans,
more commonly known simply as Rainis, in 1928 echoes sentiments that
are equally applicable today.
“It has already been established
in several interdepartmental commissions and discussions,” the
letter read, “that the current national library...
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