FAMOUS PEOPLE AND THEIR HOMELANDS

The ethnocultural and historic heritage of the City of Biržai and the surrounding areas includes not only archaeological artefacts but also talented people who have born, grown, studied or worked in various fields in this region. 

Jurgis Bielinis (1846-1918), publicist and one of the main organizers of illegal book smuggling (knygnešiai) at the time of the Lithuanian press ban.
Alfonsas Petrulis (1873-1928), a signatory of the Act of Independence of Lithuania on 16 February 1918.
Petras Kalpokas (1880-1945), an artist.
Konstantinas Šakenis (1881-1959), Chairman of the Seimas, Minister of Education, and a notable public figure.
Borisas Dauguvietis (1885-1949), playwright, theatre director, actor.
Jokūbas Šernas (1888-1926), a signatory of the Act of Independence of Lithuania on 16 February 1918.
Kazys Binkis (1893-1942), an avant-garde poet.
Julius Janonis (1896-1917), a poet and activist.
Balys Sruoga (1896-1947), a writer.
Algirdas Petrulis (1915-2010) an artist.
Vytautas Brėdikis (1930), an architect.

For more information about famous people of Biržai region, please go to: http://www.birzai.rvb.lt/lt/krastotyra/birzu-krasto-zmones

Honorary Citizens of the District of Biržai:

Konstantinas Bogdanas (1926-2011)
Monika Čalkauskaitė (1922)
Antanas Dauguvietis (1936-1995)
Vladas Garastas (1932)
Ksaveras Kairys (1909-1991)
Jonas Mekas (1922)
Žydrūnas Savickas (1975)
Petras Skodžius (1927-2009)
Jonas Strielkūnas (1939-2010)
Vladas Turla (1953)
Janine Sophie Marie Valstakas-Kaspar (1937)
Kazimieras Vasiliauskas (1922-2001)
Aleksandras Zeltinis (1951)
Algimantas Zurba (1942)
Algirdas Žukauskas (1923-1997)

For more information about Honorary Citizens of the district of Biržai, please go to: http://www.birzai.rvb.lt/lt/krastotyra/birzu-garbes-pilieciai

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