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Dzukste Fairy Tale Museum
The museum is dedicated to Ansis Lerhis-Puskaitis and the fairy tales of Dzukste, and its objective is preservation of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the parish.
The Dzukste Fairy Tale Museum was established in December 2001 in the former Lancenieki School building, where teacher, writer, and collector of fairy tales and legends Ansis Lerhis-Puskaitis (1859-1903) once lived (January 1883 to March 1903). Because of his extensive research, Lerhis-Puskaitis was also known as the Father of Latvian Fairy Tales.
Latvian legends and fairy tales
Ansis Lerhis-Puskaitis used legends and fairy tales in his work to help unleash children’s imagination and develop a system of Latvian values. Lerhis-Puskaitis collected some 6,000 fairy tales that were published in seven volumes under the title The Legends and Fairy Tales of the Latvian People (1891-1903).
At the Fairy Tale Museum
Visitors to the museum can hear various fairy tales from Dzukste and tell ones they like, watch – and participate in – a puppet show, see various exhibitions, and create their own individual fairy tale characters.