The State Memorial and Natural Preserve "Museum-estate of Leo Tolstoy "Yasnaya Polyana"
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Exhibition Devoted to the 15th Anniversary of Krapivna Museum’s Joining the Yasnaya Polyana Estate-Museum

_001Beginning September 20, 2014
Local History Museum of Krapivna

Opening of the exhibition: September 19, 2014 at 15:00

Fifteen years ago the Local History Museum of Krapivna became a branch of the Yasnaya Polyana Museum. We invite you to visit an exhibition devoted to this anniversary. It will tell you about the work of this branch of our museum during those years, about its everyday life and special events, its exhibitions, and new acquisitions that enriched its various collections. Many photographs, documents and new exhibits will fill the walls and showcases of the exhibition room. 

_003The incorporation of the small village museum into the world-famous estate-museum took place on October 1, 1999. It was a natural process, as Krapivna, which was formerly a town and a district center in Tula Province, was closely related to the life and diverse activities of Leo Tolstoy. 

Having been born in 1828 at the village of Yasnaya Polyana of Krapivna District and become the owner of his ancestral estate in 1847, Tolstoy often went to Krapivna in relation to his official service or creative work, or just to visit his friends. The story of those visits could be told by old buildings that have been preserved in Krapivna: the Krapivna treasury, the local council (Zemstvo), the district school, the girls’ progymnasium school, and merchants’ mansions. In the “Yasnaya Polyana Notes” by Leo Tolstoy’s family doctor and friend D.P. Makovitsky we can read the following: “Krapivna is a big town with orchards and slobodas (settlements) and has 12 thousand residents.” And today local residents are still proud of their home place.   

For the last 15 years, as a branch, and later a department, of Yasnaya Polyana, the Krapivna Museum has been engaged in active work--collecting (archeological and ethnographical expeditions, and interviewing local residents), research (work in archives, libraries and museums) and staging exhibitions (renovating exhibitions and including new objects). Many objects appeared in the museum’s collection due to the staff members’ acquaintance with relatives and descendants of well-known residents of Krapivna.

_01All the research assistants of the museum participated in professional training. The museum took an active part in various history-related events in Krapivna. Among the museum‘s successful projects was the development of a program for training school students as guides, and also an interactive program for elementary school pupils and pre-school age children.  

Twelve international Nettle Festivals have been held in Krapivna. Part of the festival is an annual contest, “The Krapivna Story,” which has become very popular among the locals. Originally it was a children’s contest, and about 100 works done by children were submitted in the first year. But in 2013 the term of participation were changed and now the age of participants is not limited._04

It is hard to mention all that matters, but we know that major, significant work has been done. And the most important thing for the museum is to remain a “visiting card” of Krapivna both for the locals and tourists.

 
 
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