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