June 22 – July 22 Molėtai Public Library
July 23 – August 5 Zarasai Public Library
August 6 – 27 Visaginas Public Library
September 9-16 Vilnius University Library
September 17-30 Utena Public Library
October 1-16 Ignalina Regional Museum
TRADITION AND CONTEMPORANEITY OF TATARS – THE POLISH MUSLIMS
The exhibition introduces the history of the Tatars, starting from the late 14th century to the present day. It is a concise and visually appealing presentation of the Tatar settlement on the territory of former Grand Duchy of Lithuania, spiritual and social life of the Tatars as well as the contribution of the Tatar community to the development of culture and the strengthening of Polish statehood.
The main themes of the exhibition are religion (extensive iconography of mosques, Tatar cemeteries, religious books, prayer books), military service (participation and role of Tatars, served in Polish military formations, in important battles and wars, including the struggle for independence, The Polish-Soviet War of 1920 and World War II), Tatar social and cultural life in the interwar period (among others, the establishment of the Muslim Religious Union in the Republic of Poland), the history of Polish Tatars after 1945 (description of the establishment of centers for religious life, main areas inhabited by Tatars, religious traditions, Tatar cuisine, new houses of worship).