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Friday, 14 April 2017
Exhibition: The Last Empress. Documents and Photographs
Topic: Anna Feodorovna, GD

 
This article was researched from Russian media sources
and written by Paul Gilbert, Founder of Royal Russia © 2017

A new exhibition dedicated to the last Russian Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, nee Princess of Hesse-Darmstadt, will open on 26 April in the Exhibition Hall of the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) in Moscow. The exhibition is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Russian Federation and the 25th anniversary of the State Archive. The exhibit will present original historic photos of Alexandra, by both professional photographers and members of the Imperial family and their retinue.

Visitors can also acquaint themselves with  the life of Russia’s last Empress and her family through the use of interactive screens in the exhibition hall, as well as via the Internet in a special section of the electronic reading room - Archives of the XXI Century. This new format showcases a vast collection of archival documents, developed by the ELAR Corporation (Moscow). For the first time through the use of interactive touch screens, visitors can access the personal fund of Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, which is stored in the State Archive. The collection consisting of more than 60 thousand pages of documents and photographs, tell about the life of Princess Alix and future Empress of Russia from her birth in 1872, to her tragic death in July 1918.

The exhibit will be complemented with a variety of multimedia from other archival sources, including photographs, letters, diaries, drawings, of Alexandra and her family, as well as vintage newsreels.

One very interesting area of the exhibit will demonstrate the methods currently being used to digitize documents and photographs from the Russian archives.

The joint anniversaries of the Assembly of the Russian Federation and the ELAR Corporation decided to celebrate in this joint exhibition project. On 26 April 2017, the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF) celebrates its 25th anniversary. It was established in 1992 and is the successor of the Central State Archive of the October Revolution and the Central State Archive of the RSFSR. The archive included in the State Register of especially valuable objects of cultural heritage of the peoples of the Russian Federation. In the same year, the ELAR Corporation marks its 25th anniversary, and is recognized as one of Russia's largest enterprises for the digitization and creation of information resources.

Inauguration of the exhibition The Last Empress. Documents and Photographs will be held on April 26 at 14:00 hours. in the Exhibition Hall of the Federal Archives, located at ul. B. Pirogovskaya, 17 in Moscow. Admission is free!. The exposition will run from April 27 to May 28, 2017
 
Organizers: Federal Archival Agency, the State Archive of the Russian Federation (GARF), and the ELAR Corporation.
 

 
© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 14 April, 2017
 

 

Posted by Paul Gilbert at 9:41 AM EDT
Updated: Friday, 14 April 2017 10:00 AM EDT
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Friday, 23 March 2012
Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna
Topic: Anna Feodorovna, GD

Little is known of the Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna, wife of the Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich.

She was born Princess Juliana Henriette Ulrike of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld on 23 September 1781. She was the third daughter of Franz Frederick Anton of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld and Countess Augusta Reuss of Ebersdorf.

Juliana, along with her two elder sisters, Sophie and Antoinette travelled to Russia at the request of Empress Catherine II, who wanted a bride for her second grandson, Grand Duke Constantine Pavlovich. The young Grand Duke chose Juliana.

She was not yet fifteen years of age when she took the name of Anna Feodorovna in a Russian Orthodox baptismal ceremony and married Constantine (who was only seventeen years old at the time) in St. Petersburg on 26 February 1796.

The marriage was a very unhappy one for the young grand duchess. After only three years of marriage, Anna left her husband in 1799 and returned to Coburg.

Shortly thereafter, however, she returned to Russia in an unsuccessful attempt at reconciliation. In 1801, Anna, who had become involved in several frivolous intrigues, was sent home permanently to Coburg.

During her years in exile, she gave birth to two illegitimate children, a son in 1808, and a daughter in 1812. She moved to Bern, Switzerland in 1812.

Two years later, in 1814, Constantine, accompanied by her brother Leopold, tried to get Anna to return with him to Russia, but her firm opposition prevented this attempt from succeeding. That year, Anna acquired an estate on the banks of the Aare River and gave it the name of Elfenau. She spent the rest of her life there, and, as a lover of music, made her home a center for domestic and foreign musical society of the era.

Finally, on 20 March 1820, after nineteen years of separation, her marriage with the Grand Duke Constantine was formally annulled. He remarried two months later and died on 27 June 1831. Anna survived her former husband by twenty-nine years.

Grand Duchess Anna Feodorovna died at the age of 79, on 15 August, 1860.

© Paul Gilbert @ Royal Russia. 23 March, 2012



Posted by Paul Gilbert at 12:01 AM EDT
Updated: Thursday, 22 March 2012 11:34 AM EDT
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