DIGEST OF THE WORLD NEWS OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARIES, CENTERS AND FOUNDATIONS (MARCH, 2020)

THE HEYDAR ALIYEV FOUNDATION IMPORTS MEDICAL SUPPLIES TO AZERBAIJAN FROM VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF THE WORLD

In order to support the Operating Staff established under the Cabinet of Ministry of the Republic of Azerbaijan in preventing wide spread of the coronavirus disease around the state, medical supplies were imported by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation from wide range list of countries.

Special medical masks, gloves, safety glasses, medical clothes and disinfecting means were handed over to relevant medical institutions.

 

THE HEYDAR ALIYEV FOUNDATION DISTRIBUTES NOWRUZ GIFTS TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES RECEIVING ADDRESSED SOCIAL AID

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation has distributed holiday gifts to low-income families receiving addressed social aid. The project was implemented on the initiative of President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva and covered all low-income families receiving addressed social aid.

On the eve of the Nowruz Holiday, representatives of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Regional Development Public Association delivered holiday gifts with various food products to low-income families receiving addressed social aid in all districts and cities of the state. Congratulations of First Vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva on Nowruz Holiday were conveyed to low-income families.

 

THE HEYDAR ALIYEV FOUNDATION TRANSFERS MONEY TO THE FOUNDATION FOR COMBATTING CORONAVIRUS AND PROVIDES AID TO INSTITUTIONS UNDER ITS PATRONAGE

The Heydar Aliyev Foundation transferred 500 thousand Manats to the Foundation for Combatting Coronavirus as contribution to the measures taken by the state towards preventing the coronavirus spread in Azerbaijan.  

 Moreover, the Heydar Aliyev Foundation provided support to a several institutions under its patronage to fight against coronavirus disease. Under the instruction of the First Vice-president of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, all the medical supplies as  disinfectants, face masks and other protective means were allocated to nurseries and children’s homes, boarding schools in Baku and other regions, the Social Service Institution for people who reached the retirement age, the Child Psychoneurological Centre, as well as psychoneurological social service institutions in Baku and other regions within the measures being taken to prevent the coronavirus disease. From this perspective, all these institutions were disinfected and provided by necessary organizational supports to apply the Rules of the Operational Staff under the Cabinet of Ministries of the Republic of Azerbaijan, and the mandatory rules of social distancing.

Moreover, The Foundation formed a shift system for a long-term perspective, in order to minimize the social contacts of the service personnel who reached the retirement age of the Social Service Institution. As because an old people with weak immune system are in the high-risk group.

 

LIBRARIES SHARE EXPERIENCES

On 16 march of 2020, at the presidential library of the Republic of Belarus occurred a library excursion within the framework of refresher courses for the school librarians of the “Minsk Regional Institute of Educational Development” Municipal Educational Institution. 

During the excursion, participants familiarized with modern books and fine arts exhibitions presented at the library.

At the library’s study room, they found out collection of the special schoolbooks in a wide range of disciplines and languages. Librarians paid specific attention to the modern schoolbooks of subjects as algebra, history, astronomy, ecology and economic geography, as well as books oriented to learn English, French, German, Spanish and Chinese languages.

Such refresher courses integrated excursions quite effective for the qualified specialists in different professional areas in order to widen and deepen the knowledge, as they shared the experiences with colleagues.   

 

EXCURSION AND ROUND TABLE FOR THE ATTENDEES OF THE REFRESHER COURSES

On 18th march of 2020, at the presidential library of the republic of Belarus took place a library excursion and round table with attendees of the refresher courses from “Belorussian state university of culture and arts”.

Special formed study group of “Management of library activities during the era of informatization” was done for the Directors, Deputy Directors of the public and children’s libraries.

An excursion started with the review of the exhibits, presented at the museum of history under the presidential library of the republic of Belarus, as it fully demonstrates the development stages of the library from the mid-twenties’ century till nowadays. Such an exciting excursion followed by the antique-press and rare-publication division. In this section, guests had a great chance to get closer with books, documents and journals that have significant historic and cultural value for Belarus.

In addition, attendees of the refresher courses visited and familiarized with ongoing work of information and reference unit, which is sub-branch of the formation of e-library and user maintenance departments of the presidential library.

The course was finished with the round table for refresher course members on the topic of “Innovations in actions of the libraries” at the library’s study room. During the discussion, participants shared with opinions, plans and ideas on further development and innovation of technologies towards modernization of the libraries. Moreover, the core for such progresses would be the e-projects and an integration with social networks in order to attract younger generation.

 

PIXELS FEST. MEDIA-ART AS A MODERN BAROQUE.

The media facade of the Yeltsin center and several inward areas of the building were made as a gallery stages for the “Pixel Fest”, an international festival of digital video art. All through the week from 7th till 15th march, more than 163 video graphic artists from 35 countries had an opportunity to demonstrate digital arts in this contest at Yekaterinburg. As a result, 15 participants from Russia, Azerbaijan, USA, Italy, Mexico, Chile and Germany were selected by the judges for final stage. The works of the video graphic artists can be enjoyed daily from 19.00 till 23.00 at the Yeltsin media façade.

The Pixel Fest contest at the Yeltsin center was organized by the “2x2” federal channel with the support of “Skillbox” online-university.

The top three participants of the final that gained highest grades by the judges had got a money reward equal to 140 000 Russian rubles. Grand prize was awarded to the “Raduga design” bureau for the “Aspekt” digital art. A group “NXTLVL” won with the “Hypnotica” digital art in a nomination of “2D-3D animation”. In the genre of “Animation”, video artist Protey Temen became a winner in the nomination with work titled “Pereraschet sluchaya”.

It should be noted again, that all 15 video arts are available at the media façade during the period of event from 19.00 till 23.00. In addition, an exhibition of the rest digital arts that could not qualified to the final stage will be presented on 14th of march at the evening. Those are the works of video artists from Russia, United Kingdom, Hungary, Germany, China, Mexico, USA, France, Brazil, Thailand, Canada, Australia and Italy.

 

RETRO NEON PHOTOSHOTS OF THE LADIES FROM 1980’S.

A major exhibition at the Yeltsin Center dedicated to the International women’s day titled “Ladies of 80’s” were opened on 6th of march. The composition consisted of noir photos of woman’s figure surrounded by arts and writings related to the era of 1980’s.

At the crush-room of the Yeltsin Center’s cinema-conference venue were situated women’s 51 photo shots both from official press and wide range underground cultures. All of them were taken by the 18 best professional photographers of the 1980’s. An exhibition composed not only with photos, but there were also excerpts from the books of Vladimir Sorokin, Pavel Pepperstein and Boris Minayev, the latter one organized an event together with Alexander Tyagny-Ryadno with the support of the union of Photographers of Russia.

Within the exposition there were presented the works of Andrey Bezukladnikov, Sergey Borisov, Vladimir Vyatkina, Mikola Gnisyuk, Alexander Guschin, Michail Kityaev, Igor Stomachin, Yuriy Feklistov, Vladimir Yakubov and other popular photographers.

Also, the two objects d’art were at the exhibition, which were made according to the genre of the event. The founders and authors of the objects d’art were “Ikkl” art-team of painters consisted of Lyudmila Kalinichenko and Ksenia Larina. They believe that plastic bags with logo of “Marlboro” and a bear Mouse, merge of mickey mouse and teddy bear used to be considered as a symbol of new modern values, pop-culture and an age of consumer’s society.    

 

TIME TO READ BOOKS. WITH PIOTROVSKY

The Piotrovsky bookstore in Yeltsin Center is switching to a new operating mode in the context of the coronavirus pandemic. How this will happen, said the store's Director Mikhail Maltsev.

– We do not stop working in any case, just temporarily switch to a new mode and look for new ways to interact with our customers. Unfortunately, we did not have time to launch an online store, which we have been working on since January. We wanted to make a pleasant surprise for visitors but we didn't get it finished. While we are testing it, we are looking for new ways to please our readers with new books. One of these will be courier delivery. Today, when many people work remotely, without wasting time on the road, and each of us has more time to read, reflect, and spend useful these unexpected hours and minutes. We observe all safety precautions, of course. Our couriers deliver books in face masks and gloves. Books are treated with antiseptic before sending and placed in a package. We don’t want our customers to feel uncomfortable with being temporarily unable to visit their favorite store.

 

THE FINAL ROUND OF THE OLYMPIAD "RUSSIA IN THE ELECTRONIC WORLD" WAS HELD IN THE REMOTE FORMAT

The presidential library held the third and final stage of the annual interactive Olympiad for schoolchildren "Russia in the electronic world" in history, social studies and the Russian language through the internet. 113 participants in history, 227 in social studies, and 115 students in Russian from 52 regions of Russia, as well as from Turkey and Kyrgyzstan took part in the final. The lists of finalists are published on the Olympiad website and in the Vkontakte group.

The Internet Olympiad for schoolchildren "Russia in the electronic world" is a large-scale educational project implemented by the Presidential library. Since 2010, more than 45,000 students in grades 10-11 have participated in the project.

In 2019, in the year of the tenth anniversary Olympiad, the fourth discipline "Russian as a foreign language" was introduced, designed for foreign citizens over 14 years of age studying Russian. The final stage of the Olympic Games on this discipline will take place at the end of May 2020 with the possibility to hold it in absentee format. holding it in extra-mural format.

 

VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE LEGENDARY CRUISER AURORA - ON THE PORTAL OF THE PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY

To visit the nooks of the legendary cruiser Aurora and see the exhibits that are inaccessible to most tourists - today it became possible thanks to a new virtual tour, which was created by the Presidential library in conjunction with the Central Naval Museum.

From any corner of the world, you can now not only take a walk on a military ship but also take a bird's eye view of it, see in detail the location of the cruiser and its the scale on the city map, and admire the panoramas of St. Petersburg from an unusual perspective.

It is worth noting that the staff of the branch of the Central Naval Museum on the cruiser "Aurora" selected for a more detailed presentation of the most interesting, key objects of the exhibition. Each of them is accompanied by comprehensive information about the exhibit itself, its history, context, and so on.

 

ROCK OUT WITH THE GEORGE H.W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - The Presidential Library debuted two new exhibits that explore rock 'n' roll, music, and politics. This is the first time in the museum’s history that it has two music-focused exhibits.

“Politics and musical have been universal for decades,” said David Anaya, George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Director of Marketing and Communications. “Being a historical museum, you go through this exhibit and learn a lot about history- the history of music, the history of politics- and I really think it is for everyone.” The exhibits made their debut on Mar. 2 and will be accessible till Jan. 3, 2021.

For a sneak peek of the exhibits, see the video player and Facebook live.

The George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

 

ORGANISATION OF FIRE FIGHTERS GOES BEYOND CALL OF DUTY

HOUGHTON – The Nelson Mandela Foundation welcomed a strengthening of partnership with an organisation which not only fights fires but alleviates unemployed among youth.

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) and Working on Fire (WoF) have agreed to strengthen stakeholder partnership. The move was taken as part of celebrating and commemorating the legacy of the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela.

As part of celebrating and commemorating the 30th anniversary of the release of Mandela from prison, Wof managing director Trevor Abrahams handed a framed collage of the Wof newsletter to the director of archives and research Razia Saleh at the foundation’s offices in Houghton on 5 March. With the passing of Madiba in 2013, Wof published a commemorative newsletter in his memory and framed it. Abrahams showed pictures of him with Mandela accompanying children to the United Nations.

After the symbolic handover ceremony, the Wof team was treated to a tour of the Nelson Mandela Foundation to see some of the archive’s memorabilia.

 

SAM RUSHAY: TRUMAN’S TEACHERS MADE A LASTING IMPACT

During his visit to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in 2018, historian David McCullough remarked that there should be a statue honoring Harry S. Truman’s teachers. To commemorate National Women’s History Month during the month of March, it seems appropriate to recall the importance in Truman’s life of his teachers, almost all of whom were women.

Truman’s grade school teachers, such as Myra Ewin, provided an important foundation for him. In his memoirs, Truman recalled that at Independence High School he had “an excellent history teacher, Miss [Margaret] Maggie Phelps, and an English teacher, Miss [Matilda] Tillie Brown, who was a genius at making us appreciate good literature.” A Civil War veteran came to Phelps’ classes to speak about his experience as part of Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Gettysburg, which surely helped make history exciting for Truman and his classmates. Truman could “not remember a bad teacher in all my experience.” Truman graduated from Independence High School in 1901. Although he never earned a college degree, his mother and his teachers instilled in him a lifelong interest in learning.

– Sam Rushay is the supervisory archivist of the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence.

 

ALBERT CASHIER, WHOSE CIVIL WAR STORY HAS A SAUNEMIN TIE, FEATURED AT ABRAHAM LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

SPRINGFIELD — The fascinating story of Saunemin's Albert Cashier, a Civil War veteran who was born Jennie Hodgers, will be told Thursday at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Hodgers took on the identity of Cashier before the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted with an Illinois regiment, fought for three years and continued life as a man for nearly 50 years after the war.

The library program is part of the Illinois History Forum. It will include facts about Cashier, from his childhood in Ireland to his bravery during the war to his life and death in Central Illinois.

The free event takes place at noon at the library, 112 N. Sixth St., Springfield. Guests are welcome to bring their lunch. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to read “They Fought Like Demons,” a book about women combatants in the Civil War.

When he died at age 71, Cashier was given full military honors. He was buried in his uniform in Saunemin, in Livingston County.