Russia

Exhibit

 

Charleston, South Carolina

 

May 1, 2015    to    August 31, 2015

 

The history of Russia should take many volumes to cover. Our exhibit, however, will do the task in 25 or so exhibits. Included will be only topics familiar to Americans.  These will include Peter the Great and especially his effort in making Russia a civilized country like those in Europe.

 

Catherine the Great will be represented in two exhibits. One is her grant of a title to Swen Waxell for his discovery of Alaska. The original leader  Vitus Bering died en route. This was the largest expedition in the history of the world to that date.

 

The great Russian admiral, Павел Джонз, better known to us as John Paul Jones, formerly a British merchant sailor and a Scottish merchant sailor,   presents his invoice & account for his services for entire American Revolutionary War as an American Naval Captain  - prior to becoming a French Knight.

 

The unintentional suicide charge of British cavalry led by Lord Cardigan against Russian forces during the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854 in the Crimean War is represented by the original draft of the great poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson wherein he first writes:

"Our's is not to reason why,"

"Our's is but to do and die"

 

The most Spectacular exhibit is one little known by Americans, wherein Czar Alexander II evaluates all the details of the Emancipation Proclamation of Russia which was issued 4 years prior to Lincoln's - and which freed 40 million serfs (as opposed to 4 million slaves in the United States).

 

The Russian Revolution is represented by Lenin, Marx, and even little Anastasia.

 

The great scientific Russian successes in space is owed to the researches of Konstantin Eduardovich Tsiolkovsky and the first flights into space by a man and by a woman. That woman, Valentina Tereshkova, kept a log during her flight in space, in which she states "Greetings to the people of the USA" as her spaceship passed over America.