120 years ago the Latvian Ethnographic Exhibition of 1896 was held in Rīga. It became the first and largest representation of the Latvian nation and its history, culture and achievements, in addition it was an explicit application of the Latvian nation to be located alongside other nations in terms of historical and language values, national culture achievements, economic efforts. The books has been prepared in cooperation with the National History Museum of Latvia.
In the first part there are three texts prepared by specialists of the National History Museum of Latvia. The author of the first text ‘The Latvian Ethnographic Exhibition of 1896 — Witness to an Era’ is the Head of the Department of Medieval, Modern and Contemporary History, Dr. hist. Toms Ķikuts, the author of the second text ‘The All-Russian X Archaeological Congress in Riga and its Significance in the Research of Baltic Prehistory’ is the Head of the Department of Archaeology, Mg. hist. Jānis Ciglis and the author of the third text ‘Let us hurry thence where roads converge, small and large, to Riga — to the Latvian exhibition!’ is the Head of the Department of Ethnography, Mg. hist. Sanita Stinkule.
The second part is based on the “Catalogue of the Latvian Ethnographic Exhibition during the All-Russian X Archaeological Congress in Riga in 1896”. Transliteration, explanations, photographs of exhibition objects and reproduction of the catalogue is being published.