The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Exhibition “Teacher is a Special Word”
418October 1 – November 5, 2013
Local History Museum of Krapivna

Opening of the exhibition: on September 30 at 15:00

You are invited to our branch in Krapivna to see a new exhibition in honor of the upcoming Teachers’ Day. The exhibition is devoted to Krapivna teachers and honors the memory of past teachers and acknowledges present ones. 

On display are photographs, documents, and various objects illustrating the history of education in Krapivna and of many generations of local teachers.  On the eve of Teachers’ Day (October 3) we are expecting special guests – local teachers and students from different years. They will gather at the museum to talk about their school, share their recollections and opinions, and, of course, wish the teachers a happy Teachers’ Day.    


The history of Krapivna’s educational institutions goes back more than 180 years. In 1827 a district school was opened here, a year later – a parish school, and a little later – a progymnasium school. One of the students of the district school was A.S. Butkevich – a scientist and apiarist, who was personally acquainted with Leo Tolstoy and shared his philosophical and pedagogical views, and opened a school for peasant children at his farm.

Leo Tolstoy’s contribution to the development of public education in Krapivna was quite considerable. When an arbitrator, he opened 21 schools in his district for 9,000 pupils; later the number of schools grew and reached 64. Tolstoy wanted to set up in the district “a system of public education on such a basis as has not yet been seen anywhere in Europe…”


Tolstoy invited students of Moscow University who were excluded for participating in “unrest” to come and teach. Young teachers came to Yasnaya Polyana and discussed issues of public education development with Tolstoy. One of those teachers was the well known writer Gleb Uspensky. He often came to Krapivna to visit his sister Elizaveta Uspenskaya-Marchenko. She was the head of and a teacher at the school for girls.   

In the 20th century, after the Revolution, local children and teenagers attended the secondary school in Krapivna. Wonderful teachers taught here, who managed to spark their students’ interest in local history and contributed to the foundation of the school’s local history museum.  Presently, the school closely cooperates with other educational and cultural institutions, among them the Yasnaya Polyana Museum and its branch in Krapivna. Many local children are involved in the “Ant Brotherhood” Children’s Movement which follows Leo Tolstoy’s moral principles and is based at our museum.

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