Topic: Royal Russia
Dear Friends of Royal Russia:
This letter is part of my annual Christmas appeal to Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of the history of Imperial Russia.
Established in 1994, Royal Russia has been a personal labour of love for more than two decades, one which I am honoured to share with many others around the world on a daily basis. I am able to achieve this via my web site and blog and through the publication of books and periodicals.
The many, many hours which I devote to Royal Russia are strictly voluntary. It's existence and continued growth is solely dependent on the sale of my annual calendar, as well as donations from friends and supporters.
In the past year, the Royal Russia web site has grown tremendously with 400 additional news stories, nearly 30 new full-length articles, hundreds of new photographs, dozens of videos, plus a new film and video archive, an internal search engine and much more. I am sure that you can appreciate that the maintenance and upkeep of a web site and blog of this size is both time consuming and costly. What types of expenses are incurred in maintaining Royal Russia?
Web Site and Blog: my web site and blog now offer more than 50 full-length articles, nearly 700 news articles, more than 500 videos, over 2,000 photographs, plus a blog with nearly 2,000 news clips, videos and photographs and much more. Royal Russia is updated on a daily basis!
The growing number of articles, photographs and videos added annually, coupled with the more than 2.2 million visitors who visited my web site over the past year have had a serious impact on monthly operational and maintenance costs.
In the past month I have had to double the amount of space and bandwidth, for which I pay a monthly fee to my web-host Lycos-Angelfire. Videos, photographs (JPEGs), music (MPEGs) and online auction catalogues and other documents (PDFs) use up a lot of space, and I am forced to pay a monthly fee in order to provide additional space on my web site so that people can read and enjoy them.
I also pay a monthly fee to keep my web site and blog free from advertising pop-ups which otherwise are so numerous that they become a nuisance. I also have to pay for domain registration and a host of other services.
Translations: the cost of translating books and articles from Russian into English puts the greatest strain on the limited finances I have to work with. Books in particular cost thousands of dollars to translate, including Memories in the Marble Palace by Grand Duke Gabriel Constantinovich, and Last Years at the Court of Tsarskoe Selo, 1906-1909 by Général Alexandre Spiridovitch. The second volume of Spiridovitch’s memoirs, which cover the years 1910-1914 is nearing completion, and should be available next year.
Giving Back to Russia: over the past 3 years, Royal Russia has donated a total of 70,000 Rubles to the Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof State-Museum Preserves. These gifts go towards restoration work in the palaces and the acquisition of items for the palace-museum collections. I am very proud that I have been given the opportunity to make at least a small contribution to each museum. I am committed to helping to preserve the Romanov legacy when and where I can, and will continue to make additional donations in the years ahead.
In the past year, I have donated Royal Russia publications valued at $380.00, to the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library in St. Petersburg, and the Holy Trinity Seminary Library at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville, New York.
New Projects: in the coming months, I will be launching a new periodical and web site, both of which will be dedicated to the life and reign of Emperor Nicholas II. The first issue of Sovereign is scheduled to be published in December. It will feature previously unpublished articles, including translations of Russian works for the first time.
If you enjoy all the articles, photographs, and videos on Royal Russia, as well as the weekly news and blog updates, please help support my work by making a donation.
If you would like to show your support for Royal Russia by making a personal donation, you may do this with a credit card by clicking on the Donate button below. Your donation, no matter how small (even $5 would be appreciated) will help to offset growing annual operational costs.
Please note that there certainly is no obligation, this is merely a request for you to help by sponsoring my work and keeping the memories of old Russia alive.
Thank you for your ongoing interest and support of Royal Russia.
Once again, it has been a truly remarkable year for Royal Russia. A number of highlights and milestones helped make Royal Russia's 20th anniversary all the more special.
Web Site and Blog
In 2014, the Royal Russia web site and blog welcomed more than 2.2 million visitors from all over the world, an increase of more than 10% over the previous year. The largest number of visitors came from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and Russia.
During the past year the Royal Russia web site was updated with 31 articles, while the Royal Russia blog was updated with 387 news articles. More than 100 videos and hundreds of new photographs were also added.
Royal Russia has a faithful and growing following which includes more than 3,000 people who receive my bi-weekly news updates, plus more than 22,000 people who follow Royal Russia on Facebook. Today, Royal Russia is one of the most popular and comprehensive resources of information on the Romanovs and Imperial Russia, providing 'Romanovphiles' and 'Russophiles' with daily updates.
Royal Russia Annual
Two new issues of my magazine, Royal Russia were issued in 2014. A team of highly dedicated Romanov experts, and guest writers offer Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of Imperial Russian history - new, previously unpublished works based on research which include new Russian resources.
Royal Russia was originally intended to be published only once a year, but due to its popularity, it is now published twice a year, while still retaining its original name. An annual Summer edition and an annual Winter edition are now issued. Advertisements were run in Majesty Magazine (Great Britain) and Russian Life Magazine (United States).
In lieu of subscriptions, a Standing Order Service was created, which has been well received by dedicated readers.
A full set of 6 issues of Royal Russia were donated to the Holy Trinity Monastery Library (Jordanville, NY), and the Prince George Galitzine Memorial Library (St. Petersburg).
Gilbert's Books - the official publishing division of Royal Russia - issued three new titles this past year:
Alexander III: His Life and Reign by Margarita Nelipa
The Forgotten Tutor: John Epps and the Romanovs by Janet Epps and Dr. Gabriella Lang
Lost Splendour by Prince Felix Yussupov (a joint publishing venture with Matrushka Books, St. Petersburg, Russia)
The following events were among the many highlights of 2014. Click on the highlighted links for more details and photographs:
April 1 - Opening of new Royal Russia Bookshop
May 28 - June 8 - Working visit to St. Petersburg
September 28 - Royal Russia marks its 20th anniversary
December 8 - First official speaking engagement in Russia
Giving Back to Russia
Royal Russia's Giving Back to Russia Campaign made a total donation of 20,000 rubles ($600 USD) to the Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof State Museum Preserves in 2014. This was made possible thanks to sales of the Romanov Legacy: Palaces and Residences of the Russian Imperial Family 2014 Calendar.
This was the second year in a row that a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of this calendar were donated to these palace-museums. Funds assist with ongoing and future restoration work, and the acquisition of items for their respective collections.
Acknowledgments and Thanks
In closing, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following for their support over the past year:
- those who subscribe to my bi-weekly news updates
- those who shop at my online bookshop - your patronage allows me to devote my free time to the web site and blog
- those who read my bi-annual magazine, Royal Russia
- writers who contribute their work to Royal Russia, including articles, translations, photographs and more
- those who buy my annual calendar, and thus assisting with restoration work and more at Tsarskoye Selo and Peterhof
- those who donate funds to Royal Russia, and thus help me offset the growing costs of maintaining an ever growing web site and blog, and the demands placed on it by an ever growing and enthusiastic group of Romanov enthusiasts and lovers of Imperial Russian history
- those who write and telephone to offer comments, suggestions and kind words of support
- monarchists and Orthodox Christians who keep me in their thoughts and prayers
- friends and colleagues in Russia who not only open new doors for me, but also welcome me into their homes to share their Russian hospitality
- those who take the time out of their lives to meet with me in person, and share their interest in the Romanovs and Imperial Russia with me
I feel very blessed to do something that I am passionate about. I pray that this passion is reflected in my work each and every day. I am equally blessed to have such a tremendous amount of support from all over the globe, especially in Russia where I have established many new contacts and friends during the course of the past year. Without each and every one of you, there would be no Royal Russia. Thank you and God bless!
Wishing you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 31 December, 2014
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