Draugas building in Chicago, Illinois
|Type||currently thrice-weekly newspaper|
|Publisher||Lithuanian Catholic Press Society|
|Headquarters||4545 W. 63rd Street
Chicago, IL 60629
Draugas (English: Friend) is the only Lithuanian daily newspaper published abroad. Until 2011, the newspaper was published five days a week, except Sundays and Mondays. It is currently published three days a week, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It is read not only in the United States, but in Canada, South America, Australia, and Europe as well.
Draugas is the oldest continuously published Lithuanian language newspaper anywhere in the world.
Founded as a weekly Roman Catholic paper, Draugas published its first edition on July 25, 1909, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. On March 31, 1916, it was relocated to Chicago, Illinois, and since then has been published daily, except Mondays and Sundays, until 2011 when publication was reduced to three days per week. Its current building is owned by the Congregation of Marian Fathers.
Currently, Draugas is published by the Lithuanian Catholic Press Society in Chicago, Illinois. It contains twelve pages of political, religious, scientific, economic, sports, public interest articles, announcements, and paid advertising. The Saturday issue is twenty-four pages, including a weekly supplement Kultūra meaning Culture and subtitled Menas Literatūra Mokslas meaning Art Literature Science.
Some Lithuanian books are also available from the Draugas publisher.
Draugas celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009.
Such prominent Lithuanian émigré writers and public figures as Aloyzas Baronas, Kazys Bradūnas, Česlovas Grincevičius, Bronius Kviklys, Rev. Vaclovas Bagdanavičius, Aušrelė Liulevičienė, Kazys Pakštas, Rev. Juozas Prunskis, Leonardas Simutis, Stasys Džiugas, and Nijolė Jankutė-Užubalienė, worked on the editorial staff during the Soviet occupation.
- (Lithuanian) Draugas Homepage