What do we do?

We are assembling an exhibit about the regular people of Lithuania’s shtetls and their extraordinary lives.
We present Lithuania’s shtetls and their Jewish communities through brief, vivid, and fact-based stories.
We commemorate Jewish holidays and important dates in Jewish history, reviving the memory of lost Jewish communities.
We promote Jewish history, an inseparable part of the history of Lithuania, to all interested audiences and we welcome those wishing to volunteer.
We collect items and objects testifying to the life of Lithuania’s Jews for future exhibitions.

Team

Sergey Kanovich

Sergey Kanovich

Project Manager
I am the founder of the Šeduva Jewish Memorial Foundation and I initiated the idea for the Lost Shtetl Museum project. I coordinate the work done by the project’s architects, exhibit designers, and content developers, and I manage its budget and am responsible for operational strategy. I also represent the foundation in Lithuania and abroad. I consider this project the most important undertaking of my life.
Jonas Heraklis Dovydaitis

Jonas Heraklis Dovydaitis

Director, Šeduva Jewish Memorial Fund
I am responsible for the foundation's budget and financial activity. Together with the project manager, I help prepare long-term development plans. I oversee museum construction work, ensuring the implementation of safety and accessibility requirements.
Milda Jakulytė-Vasil

Milda Jakulytė-Vasil

Chief Curator
I oversee the development and planning work for the main exhibition. I communicate with commemorative institutions regarding exhibit items and their licensing. I attend auctions to acquire items and objects that testify to the life of the shtetl. I also maintain ties with the descendants of Šeduva’s Jews.
Inga Makarkova

Inga Makarkova

Curator
I find and research documents, photographs, and other historical material published in the media or held at Lithuanian and foreign institutions, including archives, museums, and libraries. I work with our team to prepare content for exhibits. I administer the museum's internal data bases, social media, and webpage.
Sandra Petrukonytė

Sandra Petrukonytė

Curator
I analyze and select historical sources for the development of the main exhibition. I process information and prepare it for the gallery text writers and design team. I also create social media content and work with translators.
Živilė Tamulionytė

Živilė Tamulionytė

Curator
I help develop the main exhibition and prepare and administer internal data bases. I work with museum exhibits and their selection, cataloguing them, assessing their condition, and preparing them for storage and digitization.
Jolanta Mickutė

Jolanta Mickutė

Senior Researcher and Script Writer
I write texts for the museum galleries and webpage. I consult the museum on Eastern European and Russian Jewish history, politics, and culture. I research shtetls and issues related to them. I work with our team to prepare content for the exhibition.
Irina Pocienė

Irina Pocienė

Educator
I am responsible for educational programs and activities. I curate and implement the museum's Cultural Passport services. I help develop the presentation of Jewish history at the museum and look for ways to improve the appeal and accessibility of services for visitors.