Anton Pärn, the head of the Haapsalu and Lääne County museums, heard about the aura money donated by the President in the middle of an ongoing video conference, where the relocation of the railway museum locomotive was discussed.
“It’s so unexpected, I can’t say anything right away,” Anton Pärn said when he heard the news.
Later, Pärn admitted that he did not understand the first moment for which he was congratulated. Gathering himself by surprise, Pärn said that although he does not consider himself a person of orders and recognitions in general, because they create uncertainty, the recognition of the President still offers satisfaction.
“The most important thing is still people. It has been a great pleasure to work with people with whom we beat in the same rhythm, ”said Pärn.
The President presented Pärna with the Order of the White Star, Class IV, for promoting the heritage protection and museum field and for researching the history of Haapsalu Old Town.
Asked which area he considers the most important for him, Pärn answered: “The archaeologist and the custodian of cultural values - there are so many of them.” He added that he could not imagine his life without Haapsalu and without the opportunity to study the city’s older history.
Before Pärnu became the head of the joint museums of Lääne County in 2013, he worked from 1993 to 2001 as the Deputy Director General of the National Heritage Board and from 2002 to 2013 as the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture in the field of cultural values. “In his previous work, he has had to deal with everything from libraries, cultural areas, museums, etc.,” Pärn listed.
“The most important thing is still the people I have been able to work with,” he added.
Source: Lääne Elu by online.le.ee.
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