NET Program Explores Nebraska’s Latvian History

News Release Date: 
November 6, 2018

For Immediate Release
NET Program Explores Nebraska’s Latvian History

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 6, 2018) – Through archival film footage and still photographs, “In Search of Freedom: Nebraskans from Latvia” marks the 100th anniversary of Latvia’s Declaration of Independence and traces the history of Latvians who immigrated to Nebraska during the last century.

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, will air “In Search of Freedom: Nebraskans from Latvia” at 1 p.m. CT, Sunday, Nov. 18 on NET World.

The program introduces Latvians who live in Nebraska, examines how they have preserved their own cultural identity and highlights the positive contributions Latvians have made to our state.

When Latvia was invaded by Russia in the mid-1940s, approximately 200,000 Latvians left the country. Of the 50,000 people who immigrated to the United States, about 2,000 settled in Nebraska, becoming the largest influx of Latvian immigrants.

MEDIA CONTACT: Kim Rogers, 402-660-5521, krogers@netNebraska.org

 

NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations, is the statewide public media service dedicated to creating opportunities for Nebraskans to engage with critical issues, compelling stories and quality entertainment. NET serves each of Nebraska’s 93 counties with 52,560 hours of programming each year on four television and two radio channels, plus online and mobile content. In addition to providing free, high-quality educational programming for children, NET provides programming in the arts, award-winning news and current affairs information and emergency alert services. For more information about NET, visit netNebraska.org.