Teaching and preserving customs and language
Building / plot situation
The local history museum is located in the historic centre of the village, directly next to the towerless, classicist village church. Most of the exhibition awaits visitors in seven rooms of the school building built in 1875. The exhibits are shown as a display collection on more than 600 m². Another museum object is the old parish barn, which has been converted in accordance with the requirements of a listed building and in which small-scale agricultural technology and a collection of ceramics can be viewed on an area of approx. 90 m². In the adjacent stables, which like the barn date back to the first half of the 19th century, four further exhibition rooms have been set up. In these, visitors gain insights into everyday farming activities such as washing, churning butter, stockpiling and flax processing.
The exhibition activities of the Heimatstube shall
- the rural way of life of the Wendish and German population
- reflect the history of the village by means of rural furniture and domestic utensils, small-scale agricultural technology and village handicrafts, as well as in the form of photographs and documents.
The Sorbian/Wendish roots are referred to in bilingual inscriptions. The focus is on the presentation of the Jänschwald traditional costume in all its facets.
A special attraction is the documented custom of the Jänschwald Christ Child, the "Janšojski bog". This figure is unique in the whole of Lower Lusatia.
The parish barn houses an important ceramics exhibition. From household vessels to art, everything that has been made from clay in Lusatia over the last three centuries is on display here.
Changing special exhibitions
- Thematic tours for school classes and tour groups are part of the programme.
- The Jänschwald Christ Child is a much sought-after tradition and is also out and about in neighbouring communities at Christmas time.
Kobi - the little house ghost - is at home in the museum. He lives there in a slipper under the stove. At midnight, he eavesdrops on the old museum pieces when they tell stories about the past. He tells these exciting stories to the museum staff, who then pass them on to the children - stories from the old, old days.