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Exhibition of the History of Agriculture in Soviet Estonia

60 years have passed since the massive establishment of collective farms in Estonia. The Mahtra Farm Museum has organized the exhibition "Kolkhoz is the Only Way", giving an overview of the agricultural policy in Soviet Estonia through the years 1940-1941 and 1944-1958.

The new Soviet agricultural policy put an end to the traditional agricultural system in Estonia. The exhibition reflects life during the first years of collective farms as well as the influence the changes had on people.

The farm systems were constricted and then completely eliminated, the properties of people were nationalized and some of it was used to create new machine tractor stations; small kolkhozes were united which resulted in the loss of ownership and personal responsibility.
A small "kolkhoz bureau" has been opened to the visitors, displaying the common items of the time.

The exposition includes original documents from Juuru Parish and Mahtra Kolkhoz as well as photos from the collection of Collective Work, the newspaper of Rapla raion and Mahtra Farm Museum.

Curated by Rait Talvoja.



Exhibition of 19th and 20th Century Wedding Traditions

The exhibition aimed to give an overview of 19th and 20th century wedding traditions in Harju County, focusing mainly on the time preceding the ceremony and the making of the dowry.

The exhibition displays items from the collections of Harju County Museum, Estonian Open-Air Museum, Estonian History Museum, Viimsi Museums, Rootsi-Kallavere Village Museum, Mahtra Peasant Museum and Estonian National Museum.

The exhibit was put together by Harju County Museum pedagogues Jaanika Jaanits and Liisa Põld. Designed by Kätlin Janson, director of the Amandus Adamson Studio Museum.

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