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ESTOs and Estonianness
The Estonian National Museum and the Museum of Estonians Abroad are Collecting ESTO-Related Material

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The XII ESTO Days will be taking place in Helsinki, Tartu, and Tallinn in 2019. For this occasion, at the Estonian National Museum (ERM) will be opening a joint exhibition on the topic and in preparation we are asking for help from all those who have participated in ESTOs. The museums are interested in memories, as well as photos, films, advetisements, programs, souvenirs, letters sent home or to friends, postcards, and other material.

The corresponding questionnaire will help in writing down memories. It is available at the Estonian National Museum and the Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU) or the museums' websites (, However, we welcome all of your other memories and impressions of the ESTOs. The memories may be written in either Estonian or English.

Materials send to the ERM will stay in the ERM collections, so the researchers can use them at a later date. ERM has also collected compatriots' memories on the topic of "Fleeing the Homeland. The First Decade in Exile," "Estonians Abroad 1955-2000," "Trips to Soviet Estonia," and "Letters from Far Away." The museum has archives of Estonians abroad (Republic of Estonia Consul General in New York, Endel Tulving, Hans Teetlaus, and others), the University of Tartu Centre for Expatriate Estonian Studies materials on the topic "The Role of Estonians Abroad in the Restoration of Estonian Independence," photo collections, interviews recorded during field work, publications, and artifacts. ESTO material would be an important addition in preserving our compatriots' cultural heritage.

The VEMU archive collection is the largest Estonian collection located outside of Estonia, where there are also historical ESTO small publications, photos, films, festival mementos, as well as archival documents. We know that there is still much more exciting material necessary for the exhibit in the homes of Estonians, which VEMU would be happy to accept. We especially welcome high quality photos, films and personal memories about the ESTOs, which have not yet been as purposely collected.

Please send your contribution and materials to the Estonian National Museum (Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu, Estonia, or to the Museum of Estonians Abroad (310 Bloor St. W., Toronto, ON, M5S 1W4, Canada, by September 10, 2018.

View and download the questionnaire here *in English

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