The rehabilitation center for children with autism syndrome organized a festive fun

On December 30, First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva, her daughters Leyla Aliyeva and Arzu Aliyeva visited the rehabilitation center for children with autism syndrome, operating in the Narimanov district of Baku under the Public Association "Birqə və Sağlam" ("Together and healthy").

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva celebrated December 31 – the day of solidarity of world Azerbaijanis and new year's holiday at the rehabilitation center for children with autism syndrome, which is supported by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation.

Chairman of the Public Association Ayten Einalova noted that up to 70 children are currently receiving intensive care in this center. Children with autism syndrome are taken care of by specialists who have received appropriate training.

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva congratulated the staff of the center, children receiving treatment here, and their families on the International Solidarity Day of Azerbaijanis and the New Year, and wished them success.


At the initiative of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, low-income families receive holiday gifts

On the occasion of December 31 - the International Solidarity Day of Azerbaijanis and the New Year, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation provides holiday gifts to low-income families receiving targeted social assistance in the Republic.

Within the project, implemented on the initiative of President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, since December 21, employees of the Foundation and volunteers of the Public Association "Regional development" distribute holiday gifts to low-income families in the Republic.

Holiday gifts consisting of various food products will be distributed to families receiving targeted social assistance in all districts and cities until December 28.


A gift from Dagestan

During its rich, more than eighty-year history, the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus has received many representatives of the library community, leading scientists in the field of library science, book science and museology, students and teachers of higher educational institutions.

In September this year, the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus was visited by participants of the scientific and practical conference "Libraries and museums in modern educational and socio-cultural environment: preservation of traditions and prospects for development". You can learn more about this visit on our website ("International exchange of experience" dated September 25, 2019).

At the end of the meeting, candidate of pedagogical sciences, Associate Professor of Dagestan State University Aizanat Mirzayeva thanked the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus for the warm welcome, giving not only a beautifully designed notebook with a gift inscription, but also a wonderful second edition of the photo album "My hearth, Dagestan".

This book is a collection of professional highly artistic photographs of Dagestan, its picturesque nature, life of local residents, their traditions, customs and examples of traditional crafts, accompanied by sincere poems of the national poet of Dagestan Rasul Gamzatov (1923-2003). His introductory article written in 1978 was carefully transferred to a new edition without edits and changes.


New edition in the collection "Gifts to the President of the Republic of Belarus"

In the Branch of the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus at the residence of the President of the Republic was held a meeting with Oksana Arakcheeva, who presented a book - a biography of life of the honored art worker of the Republic of Belarus, talented painter and pedagogue Boris Arakcheev "Lilac is portrayed for happiness: Memories, diaries, essays" (compiled by Oksana Arakcheeva, Alena Maslo).

Oksana Borisovna gave the publication as a gift for the collection "Gifts to the President of the Republic of Belarus" and made a memorable inscription in the book: "to the President of the Republic of Belarus and the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus with the best wishes and in memory of our founder of the Arakcheevs artistic dynasty. Arakcheeva-Kipphardt, December 6, 2019"

Thanks to the memories of colleagues, friends, and students of the artist on the pages of the book reveal the identity of the master. The reader gets a unique opportunity to look at the artist's life from the inside, as close people see it.

In 1944, military roads led the young Boris Arakcheev to Belarus: first to Bobruisk, and then to Minsk. Here his human and creative happiness awaited him.

Boris and Galina Arakcheyev lived together for 57 years in love, tenderness, and respect for each other.

Belarus and its people became Boris Arakcheev's family. In his numerous paintings, he praised the Belarusian nature, showed the heroic past of the country, created a gallery of magnificent portraits - in fact, he left to descendants a picturesque chronicle of a bygone era.

We offer users photos and videos about the presentation of the new edition in the collection "Gifts to the President of the Republic of Belarus".


Children's Postcard Museum invites you to the exhibition "Around the Christmas tree: A Series of Exhibitions»

The Children's Postcard Museum - a longstanding partner of the Presidential library, finals the year with the traditional new year and Christmas exhibition "Around the Christmas tree: A Series of Exhibitions". The exhibition is open in the House of the journalist at 70 Nevsky prospect and will run until February 28, 2020.

The collection of the Children's Postcard Museum, which was opened in 2002, began to be formed in 2001 and today comprises more than 600 thousand postcards in forty sections: geography, painting, sculpture, applied art, history, actors, botany and much more. The Presidential Library and the Children's Postcard Museum have been developing active cooperation since 2012. Many projects are being implemented within its framework, including the organization of joint exhibitions, tours of the Presidential Library for winners of competitions organized by the museum and much more.

One of the main areas of cooperation is the digitization of postcards from the museum’s collections and their entering to the Presidential Library’s collections. Today, about two tens of thousands of postcards of completely different subjects have been digitized. They are history, geography, space, art, nature, famous people and others.


The Presidential library’s materials show that the theatre was more than a source of aesthetic emotions for the Russian public

In commemoration of the Year of Theatre, the Presidential Library has digitized rare materials dedicated to Russian theatre. They are available as part of the electronic collection "The Year of Theatre in Russia" on the library’s portal. The archival papers of the fund "The Directorate of Imperial Theatres of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs", which are housed in the Russian State Historical Archive, make up the core of the collection.

The collection currently comprises over 1,000 items. It includes "The Drama Album for Theatre and Music Lovers" published in 1826 by A. Pisarev and A. Verstovsky (1826), archival papers "On Prohibition of Performing the French Play "The Glass of Water" in Russian (1842), the book by V. I. Pokrovsky "Alexander Petrovich Sumarokov" (1911) and M. A. Yakovlev’s "M. Yu. Lermontov as a Playwright" (1924), the work by M. D. Zagorsky "Pushkin and Theatre" (1940), a postcard set "Photographs of Imperial Theatres. The Chronicle of Mariinsky Theatre" (2001) and thesis abstract by M. V. Anestratenko "The Synthesis of Arts in Musical Theatre in the Late 19th - Early 20th Centuries. Origin of F. I. Chaliapin’s Methods of Work on the Role" (2016).

The history of the Russian theatre can be traced back to ancient times. Slavic rites and festive occasions were accompanied by songs, dances and spells and involved dressing-up. You can find out more about it in the books "Theatre in pre-Petrine Rus’" by A. Arkhangelsky (1884) and "A Brief Course in the History of Russian Theatre" (1936) by V. Vsevolodsky-Gerngross, etc.

The book "The History of the Russian Theatre" (1914) and the study "The First Public Theatre in Russia" (1917) by A. Kiesewetter, Priv.-Doz. at the Moscow University, highlight that the great reformer Peter I did not neglect the emerging theatre in Russia.

During the first decades of the 18th century, the idea of ​​a theatre available to people was supported by the public and attempts were made to democratize the theatre.

A public theatre in Yaroslavl, which was founded by the merchant F. G. Volkov, became the first professional theatre in Russia. In 1752, its actors staged performances in Tsarskoye Selo. In 1756, the theatre in Yaroslavl was officially named "The Russian Theatre of Tragedy and Comedy".

Theatre art in Russia flourished under Catherine II: the empress invited foreign troupes and set up the Directorate of All Court Theatres, which existed until the end of the Romanovs' reign. The tradition of home theatres was later developed by the Russian nobility.

Great theatre theoreticians and practicians appeared in Russia at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. K. S. Stanislavsky and V. I. Nemirovich-Danchenko founded the public theatre - Moscow Art Theatre. 

After the October Revolution, all theatres in Russia came under the control of the State Education Commission. In 1919, theatres were nationalized. Some theatre professionals did not want to cooperate with the Bolsheviks and emigrated to Europe. The Presidential Library’s collection also comprises several issues of Zhar Ptitsa, a magazine of Russian émigrés published in Berlin. It focused primarily on theatre and visual arts.

During the Soviet epoch, the Leningrad Bolshoi Drama Theatre under the direction of G. Tovstonogov enjoyed great success. The postcard set "The Gorky Academic Bolshoi Drama Theatre. Actors on Stage" (2017), which spotlights the "golden age" of the Bolshoi Drama Theatre, features photographs of leading actors.


An educational program of the festival "Not dark"

The festival of light art "Not dark" is traditionally held on the longest night of the year - from 21 to 22 December. Artists and designers create light installations designed to extend the day, make the longest night a little lighter and warmer. This year the educational program of the festival will be held at the Yeltsin Center.

Over the past 10 years, "light" art has moved from forms of artistic and technical innovation, kinetic figures and optical illusions to performances, participation practices, and post-conceptual settings. Artists are increasingly working at the intersection of personal artistic interest and research, involving elements of scientific knowledge and features of electronic and digital media. In addition, there is a shift in focus towards interventions and installations, performances - the formats that can show time, context, or pay special attention to the audience. During the lecture, international examples of light art will be shown, which illustrate the current trends in the use of light in art projects of different scales.


"New year's commotion" for the little ones

On December 29, the Boris Yeltsin Museum held a tour for the youngest visitors - "New year's commotion".

Children from 4 to 7 years old came to the tour to understand through the game what is stored in museums and why people go there. Their parents appreciated the friendly, comfortable environment and joined the tour.

The guide, who is also the Custodian in an old satin cloak with a hood and a magic lantern in his hand told young visitors, what constitutes the museum collection, who makes them up, who cares for the exhibits, who replenishes archives and funds.

"I take care of things in my work," the told the children confidentially. - I check how they are doing, how they feel, whether they need to be repaired and whether they are in their places. Exhibits are sometimes very naughty, like to play pranks and change places. However, I have a Custodian's magic lantern, which helps us understand whether all the exhibits in the museum are in their places: it goes out if the exhibit is not in its place or if something prevents us from viewing it.


JFK Library displays 1962 Christmas photos, letter to worried child

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston has provided a glimpse of Christmastime nearly 60 years ago, during tense moments of the Cold War including such materials as photos of the 35th U.S. president and his final Christmas.

The series of photos - taken on the morning of Dec. 25, 1962, at an acquaintance's home in Palm Beach, Fla. -- are highlighted in the collection released last week that includes other Kennedy items touching on holiday themes of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.


Schools get financial aid to visit Lincoln Presidential Library

More than 600 children from across Illinois will get to visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, the nation’s premier institution dedicated to the 16th president, as the result of generous contributions by the Winnick Family Foundation.

The Winnick Field Trip Initiative supports the transportation costs of visiting the presidential museum for schools with limited resources. To qualify, the schools must have a low-income enrollment of greater than 30 percent.

  “For a decade, the Winnick Field Trip Initiative has provided more than 8,000 students with visits to our museum, immersing them in the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. We truly appreciate the Winnick Family Foundation’s continued investment in young people. Connecting students with Lincoln’s inspiring example helps them envision greater possibilities for their own lives, and we couldn’t provide such trips without generous donors like the Winnick Family Foundation,” said Rene Brethorst, interim director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation.


President Clinton to Visit Clinton Foundation Programs Helping People in New York City and Long Island

NEW YORK, NY – Tomorrow, December 10, President Bill Clinton will travel to three sites across the New York City region to advance Clinton Foundation programs that are making a difference across the United States. President Clinton will hear from individuals who are being supported by Foundation programs, and see firsthand the impact of the Foundation’s work.

For almost two decades, the Clinton Foundation has worked around the world, across the United States, and throughout the New York region to improve people’s lives by creating economic opportunity, improving public health. The Clinton Foundation is based in New York City, where most of our programs outside of the Clinton Presidential Center are headquartered. Tomorrow’s visits will focus on our programs that are addressing early child development, health and wellness, education, and the environment.


Reagan National Defense Forum

In an exclusive partnership with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, AHS sponsors a delegation of chapter officers to attend the Reagan National Defense Forum (RNDF), the nation’s premier gathering of defense professionals, held at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

This is a unique opportunity for Hamilton students to not only hear from, but also network with Secretaries of Defense, Directors of CIA, Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Combatant Commanders, and industry executives. The 2020 RNDF will be held in early December, 2020.


Former Breton Village Holiday Train on Display at Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum from December 1, 2019 to January 5, 2020

For the second year in a row, the train exhibit formerly on display at Grand Rapids’ Breton Village Mall has settled into its new home in the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum. The extensive collection of train engines, cars, and the surrounding village and scenery was donated by the DeVries family last year. Since that donation, a team of Museum staff and dedicated community volunteers have worked side-by-side to restore the display and add some new touches as well.

A new addition this year is a circus scene complete with a big top, a circus trolley, and moving rides. Also new this year, are a few structures that reflect historical landmarks both in Grand Rapids and in the life of Gerald R. Ford.

The train exhibit opened December 1st at the Museum’s Holiday Open House and will remain on display through the beginning of January.

Each Friday morning, a special program for young children will be offered with train-themed stories and songs. This program is presented in partnership with the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, and the Grand Rapids Public Library.