Yasnaya Polyana
Practical Training of Biology Students of Tula State University


On July 16 – 21, 2014, biology students of Tula State University again had their field practical training at the village of Pokrovskoye, at the premises of a branch of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum there. For a week, the future biotechnologists studied the biological diversity of the Snezhet River valley. During excursions and field exercises, the students mastered the chief methods of research of plant communities, and techniques of collecting and preserving plant specimens. It was also important for the students to get acquainted with the history of the Pokrovskoye Estate and its relation to the lives and works of Leo Tolstoy and Ivan Turgenev. The students visited the place of the dam and water mill and the village of Khitrovo where the estate of the Delvigs, the Tolstoys’ neighbors, used to be located, and the guided tour by our museum’s research assistant Alexander Mulyar added to their impressions of this interesting historical place of Tula Region. See more photographs here >>>

Igor Kostolevsky at Yasnaya Polyana

IMG_0872On July 28, 2014
Igor Kostolevsky, a famous Russian actor, visited Yasnaya Polyana.  See more photos here >>> 
International Tolstoy Family Reunion

img1July 28 - August 2, 2014
Yasnaya Polyana Estate-Museum 

During the Reunion, 48 direct descendants of Leo Tolstoy from Russia, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, Sweden and the USA are gathering at the Tolstoy ancestral estate. This meeting is not only of great importance for maintaining ties within the large family, but also is a good example of the significance and value of family traditions in general. The participants of the Reunion will be offered a rich cultural program, focusing on the family theme. This year’s Reunion marks notable birth anniversaries of Sophia Tolstaya and of two daughters and two sons of the writer. Shortly before the arrival of the Tolstoys at Yasnaya Polyana, the museum’s exhibition “Joy of Childhood” will open, devoted to Leo and Sophia Tolstoy’s children, and during the Reunion the participants will also see an exhibition telling about Leo Tolstoy’s mother Maria Tolstaya (née Volkonskaya). 

“The Joy of Childhood” Exhibition


July 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Volkonsky House there will be the opening of an exhibition, “The Joy of Childhood,” dedicated to the children of Leo Tolstoy and his wife Sofia Tolstaya. Details about the exhibition are here >>>

Annual Conference of the ICOM International Committee of Literary Museums (ICLM) “Writer, Composer, Museum and Environment”

Naberezhnaya5On July 25 – 31, 2014
a conference of the International Committee of Literary Museums (ICLM) of ICOM, “Writer, Composer, Museum and Environment,” will take place in Irkutsk. President of ICLM is our colleague, Head of the Academic Research Department of our museum, Galina Alexeeva. You can read the program of the conference here >>>

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