A one-day exhibit of objects from the library and museum collections of the Foundation of Russian History was displayed in conjunction with a commemoration of the 400th anniversary since the accession of the Russian Imperial dynasty of Romanov to the throne (1613). The exhibit featured books and objects related to the Romanov family. All of the displayed pieces were either new acquisitions or were recently identified as having some connection with a member of the imperial family. Among the objects exhibited were autographed photographs of Grand Dukes and Grand Duchesses; books from imperial palace libraries; the standard of His Majesty’s Own Escort, which was presented to the Escort by Alexander II; a newly-restored portrait of Nicholas I; and several items came from the Ipatiev House in Yekaterinburg, where Nicholas II and his family were held for the last several months of their lives, and where they were murdered in 1918.
After the words of introduction from Archimandrite Luke, abbot of Holy Trinity Monastery, and from the Archpriest Vladimir Tsurikov, Director of the Foundation of Russian History, the Foundation’s librarian and collections registrar Michael Perekrestov gave a presentation concerning the activities of the museum, archives, and library over the year dedicated to the memory of the ruling House of Romanov. Mr. Perekrestov described the new items which belonged to the members of the Romanov family that are in the possession of the museum or were recently acquired, and told about the participation of the Foundation of Russian History in various exhibitions celebrating the 400 year anniversary in the United States and in Russia.