• Seniausi Biržų atvirukai Biržų krašto muziejaus „Sėla“ kolekcijoje (2): leidėjas Petras Ruseckas

    The oldest postcards in the collection of Biržai Region Museum "Sėla" (2): publisher Petras Ruseckas

    We exhibit 13 postcards on Biržai theme that were included into the museum’s collection from the ripping album “Lietuva” with images of Lithuania that was published by Petras Ruseckas. Date of issue – 1922. Such albums (they were called “the series”) were issued 6, and each contained 12 postcards. It is interesting that almost every album contained several postcards on Biržai theme (the 1st album had 3, the 5th one – 5, the others – 1 or 2 postcards). This encouraged us to take an interest in P. Ruseckas’ relations with Biržai region. The publisher – a well-known journalist and a writer, a participant in the struggle for Independence, an insightful politician, and an expert in history – was born in 1883 in Rokiškis county. He was elected to the Constituent Seimas in Panevėžys constituency and took care of protecting the ruins of the Radziwiłłs castle in Biržai and establishing the resort in Likėnai. He supported Biržai in resolving the dispute with Pasvalys over the status of the county, providing a detailed description of both towns in the press.
    While performing the duties of a member of the Constituent Seimas, he visited Biržai and the surrounding areas quite often. In 1920, he participated in the opening of “Freedom Bridge” in Ustukiai and in 1921, he was present at the opening ceremony of the section of narrow-gauge railway (from Biržai to Pasvalys). He was also involved in solving the illegal attack of the intelligence service onto Ona Puodžiūnaitė, the manager of Nemunėlio Radviliškis progymnasium. P. Ruseckas visited his relatives, the Ruseckai family, who lived in the Naradava manor. While visiting the surroundings of Biržai, Pabiržė, and Nemunėlio Radviliškis, he took photos of these areas and later used the images with the informative text in the collections of postcards. On display, there are P. Ruseckas’ letters as well as the photos from his visits to Pasvalys and Naradava. P. Ruseckas died in a labour camp in Kazakhstan in 1945. In 2020, at the address Perkūnas Al. 10, Kaunas, a unique building - designed by the architect Alexander Gordevich – was demolished. That was the former villa of Petras and Marija Ruseckai.