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Lithuanian Independence Day Dinner
March 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Happy Independence Day!!!
Each year Lithuania commemorates two Independence Days – February 16 and March 11th.
This year we will celebrate March 11th at the University Club, on UW campus, with the culture & especially the food of Lithuania! Our Lithuanian specials have received an outstanding response & we look forward to continuing the tradition again this year. Join us the evening of March 11th to try the amazing three course meal Chef Dan & his team have prepared for you. The meal includes our chilled beet soup, your choice of two entrees & cottage cheese dough-nuts for dessert. Reservations are required for the dinner.
5:30pm – 6:30pm Cash Bar
6:30pm – 7:30pm Dinner
7:30pm – Program: Nancy Heingartner – “My Grandparents’ Kaunas: Search for the 1920s in 2010.”
ABOUT THE SPEAKER: At this celebration of Lithuania’s Independence Day(s), the speaker will be Nancy Heingartner, Madison Vilnius Sister Cities’ own board of directors’ member and secretary of MVSC. Her presentation is entitled, “My Grandparents’ Kaunas: Search for the 1920s in 2010.”
Nancy Heingartner’s paternal grandfather, Robert Heingartner, was a career U.S. diplomat who spent most of his life abroad, primarily in western-European posts. In June of 1926, while stationed very comfortably in Vienna, Robert learned that his next diplomatic post would be in Kaunas, Lithuania, the provisional capital of the country.
Robert kept a very careful diary for much of his diplomatic career, documenting both personal and political events of note.
In fall of 2008, Nancy was introduced to Dr. Al Senn, UW-Madison professor emeritus of history and renowned expert on Lithuania. By late 2009, Dr. Senn had edited Robert’s diary of his Kaunas years and published it in book form.
In October of 2010, Dr. Senn, Nancy, and her father, Alex, traveled to Kaunas together with the goal of visiting some of the landmarks recounted in Robert’s diary. Nancy’s presentation today will tell you a bit about what they discovered.