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Opening Ceremony for the Exhibit "The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Liberator and Emancipator"

February 22, 2011
A man speaking in front of a band. Photo courtesy of Russian State Archive.

U.S. Ambassador John Beyrle at the opening of the exhibit “The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Liberator and Emancipator”.

On February 22, Russian State Archive Director Sergei Mironenko hosted the opening of the exhibit “The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Liberator and Emancipator” at the Russian State Archive Exhibition Hall. Timed to correspond with the 150th anniversary of the emancipation of the serfs, the exhibit explores the common goals of the two leaders, who corresponded and shared friendly relations before they both met a tragic end. The exhibit consists of approximately 200 objects and artifacts selected from a variety of museums in Russia and the United States; it includes portraits, paintings, documents, costumes, and the personal belongings of the two men.

Participants in the ceremony included John Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation; James Symington, Chairman of the American-Russian Cultural Cooperation Fund and former U.S. Representative (D-MO); Mark Pomar, President of the US Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law; Alexei Levykin, Director of the State History Museum; and others. Musical accompaniment was provided by the Presidential Orchestra.

A press conference hosted by Mr. Mironenko preceded the opening ceremony in the Russian State Archive Conference Hall.

The exhibit was made possible through the support of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow and falls under the auspices of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission.

The Russian State Archive Exhibition Hall and Conference Hall are located at Bolshaya Pirogovskaya 17, Moscow, Russia.

U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commision

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    The Making of the Exhibit (by Rossiyskaya Gazeta)