THE READINGS OF ALBERTAS VIJŪKAS-KOJALAVIČIUS 2022
From left: Vytas Rutkauskas, Director of the Rietavas Oginskis Museum of Cultural History, Alfonsas Vaišvila, Professor of Mykolas Romeris University, Paulius Vaniuchinas, Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology, Director of the Academy of Heraldry, Virginio Baptista, Member of the International Academy of Genealogy, Remigijus Bimba, President of the Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology and the Academy of Genealogy, Dr Jakub Bajer, Institute of History, University of Warsaw, Dirk Weissleder, Vice President of the International Confederation of Genealogy and Heraldry, Antanas Černeckis, Mayor of the Municipality of Rietavas, Olijardas Lukoševičius. Photo by Jolanta Klietkutė, 2022.
On 16 September 2022, Rietavas hosted the international science conference The Readings of Albertas Vijūkas-Kojalavičius 2022, dedicated to the dukes Oginski. The conference took place in the Rietavas Museum of Cultural History of the Ogińskis. Remigijus Bimba, President of the Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology, opened the international science conference and congratulated the participants. The Mayor of Rietavas Municipality, Antanas Černeckis, and the Director of the Rietavas Oginskis Museum of Cultural History, Vytas Rutkauskas, also spoke.
Albertas Vijūkas-Kojalavičius (1609–1677) was a historian, theologian and philosopher. He is remembered as a prominent pedagogue who served as the rector of Vilnius University. His works on the genealogies and heraldry of the nobility of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania are still relevant today. His most important work is the first printed history of Lithuania. His most outstanding work is "The Sacred Names List of the Families and Coats of Arms of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania and its Provinces".
The conference consisted of two parts: the first session was devoted to the Dukes of Oginskiai, the second to genealogy. The second part of the scientific event was attended by guests and speakers from Spain, Germany, Poland and Lithuania.
Presentations at the conference included: The Ties Between the History of Rietavas and the Dukes Ogiński by Vytas Rutkauskas; The Traces of the Ogińskis in the Region of Uogintai by Olijardas Lukoševičius; Manor History as a Source of Genealogical Research and some of the Connections the Ogińskis had with the Nobility of the Šiluva Region by Prof. Alfonsas Vaišvila; J'ai toujours été indifférent à tout espèce de titres... Michał Kleofas Ogiński (1765–1833) on Ancestry and Titles by Dr Ramunė Šmigelskytė-Stukienė; German Genealogy Worldwide by Dirk Weissleder (Germany); FamilySearch and I by Virginio Baptista (Spain); The 1772 Correspondence between Stanisław August and Andrzej Ogiński by Dr Jakub Bajer (Poland).
The Albertas Vijūkas-Kojalavičius Memorial Medal (by Žydrūnas Strumila) and the prize for the most significant work of the last five years in the field of Lithuanian history and its auxiliary disciplines – genealogy – was awarded by the Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology, heraldry, vexillology and others – the development, fostering, research, heritage protection, dissemination, innovative, creative, educational and scientific research activities, has been awarded to Professor Rolandas Rimkūnas of the Vilnius Academy of Arts.
Remigijus Bimba, President of the Institute of Heraldry and Vexillology and the Academy of Genealogy, Recipient of the Albertas Vijūkas-Kojalavičius Memorial Medal and Prize Professor Rolandas Rimkūnas of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology, Director of the Academy of Heraldry. Photo by GHVI, 2022.
The following were awarded with the nominal stamp "For significant contribution to the popularization of genealogy, heraldry and vexillology" established by the Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology: Antanas Černeckis, Vytas Rutkauskas, Prof. Alfonsas Vaišvila, Olijardas Lukoševičius, Dr. Jakub Bajer, Birutė Briedytė.
The international science conference was organized by the Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology. The sponsors and partners of the conference were the British Council, the Academy of Genealogy, the Council for the Protection of Ethnic Culture, the Academy of Heraldry, the Polish Institute in Vilnius, the Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, the Institute of the Lithuanian Language, the Institute of Lithuanian Culture Research, the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences Vrublevskiai Library, the Lithuanian State Historical Archive, Mykolas Romeris University, Rietavas Museum of Cultural History of the Ogińskis, the Rietavas Municipality, the Academy of Vexillology.
The Institute of Genealogy, Heraldry and Vexillology presented certificates of appreciation to all sponsors and partners for their support and kind assistance in the organization of the international scientific conference.
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