Restoration and conservation works are being carried out in the Azerbaijani historical and architectural reserve "Icherisheher" (the old city of Baku), which is included in the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List, on the initiative of first lady Mehriban Aliyeva and with the support of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva reviewed the progress of the work. The cultural monument, which also covers the Gate of Gosh Gala, testifies to the ancient and rich history of Azerbaijan.

As a result of the work done, the masonry of the arched passages of the Gosh Gala Gate was reinforced, and the paths and steps leading to the watchtower were restored. In the building used as a utility area, in the territory adjacent to the caravanserai "Bukhara", which is a monument of the 15th century, in Icherisheher, it is planned to create a center for traditional crafts called "Crafts and Handicraft".

Ilham Aliyev and his wife also visited the underground bathhouse of the XVII century, near the Gate of Gosh Gala. During two years of restoration work, 85 artifacts were found here. The House of Baku khans or the complex of the Palace of Baku khans dating back to the XVII-XVIII centuries is also located near the Gosh Gala Gate in Icherisheher. Subsequent rulers of the khanate used the complex as a residence until 1806.  

There is an exhibition and sale gallery of souvenirs and samples of traditional crafts "Baggal", a book house and a cafe where national dishes are offered. The palace of the Baku khans, after the upcoming major reconstruction and restoration work, will function as a museum.




On the year of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory, a branch at the Residence of the President of the Republic of Belarus and a document storage department of the library feature rare, largely unique publications from the collection of the Presidential Library of the Republic of Belarus dedicated to the heroic children of the Soviet country.

Five underage fighters of the Great Patriotic War were awarded the highest honors - Heroes of the Soviet Union. All were awarded posthumously. Marat Kazei, 16 – a member guerrilla unit named after the 25th anniversary of the October Revolution, intelligence agent of the headquarters of the 200th partisan brigade named after Rokossovsky in the occupied territory of the Belarusian SSR; Valya Kotik, 14 – a partisan reconnaissance in the Karmelyuk detachment, Lenya Golikov, 16 – an intelligence agent of the 67 detachment of the 4th Leningrad partisan brigade; Sasha Chekalin, 16 - a partisan of the "Peredovoy" detachment of the Tula region; Zina Portnova, 17  - a member of the underground Komsomol youth organization "Young Avengers", an intelligence agent of the Voroshilov partisan detachment on the territory of the Belarusian SSR.

According to various sources, several tens of thousands of underage youth took part in the fighting during the Great Patriotic War. "Sons of the regiment", pioneers-heroes - they fought and died along with adults.




Italy is known all over the world for its rich cultural heritage. Italian Renaissance art still evokes wonder and admiration, and Italian creators gave the world elegant lyrics, rich philosophical and scientific heritage. The decline of elegant literature in the 18th century coincided with the flourishing of serious scientific literature in Italy.

The presidential library of the Republic of Belarus offers a book by Louis Anton (Ludovico Antonio) Muratori, "La filosofia morale esposta e proposta ai giovani / da Lodovico Antonio Muratori. ― Edizione Novissima. - Venezia : Nella Stamperia Remondini, 1763 — - 472 p.: il., which is one of the author's works on philosophy. It is an Italian edition. The author argues that the historian should present only reliable information, see the facts and assess their significance in the overall course of historical development. The book examines the relationship between spiritual and material values, describes human weaknesses and vices. The author discusses such human needs as respect, prudence, pleasure and praise. The book presents Muratori's reasoning that the human mind is given by God to read books in order to improve knowledge.

The book is decorated with engravings and a colored edge, on the flyleaf of the owner's ex-libris. This publication is available in the reading room of old printed and rare editions of the Presidential library of the Republic of Belarus.





On June 1, International Children's Day, the presidential library named after Boris Yeltsin held a holiday aimed at protecting the rights and freedoms of children and creating all conditions for their full development.

Children’s and youth publications, magazines and newspapers occupy a special place in the institution’s electronic collection. For example, the portal of the Presidential library features digitized issues of the magazines "Murzilka" for the first half of the XX century, "Pioneer", "Koster" and others.

Exciting multimedia lessons, virtual tours and exhibitions, and educational films are also available for students. In the "Video lectures" section, recordings of performances by famous scientists and artists are available. For example, children can learn a lot of interesting facts about art from the first persons.

In the lecture "The Historian reads Pushkin: "A Tale of a Fisherman and a Fish", candidate of historical sciences, associate professor of historical regional studies at the Institute of History of St. Petersburg State University Elena Lelina tells a detailed story of creating a tale, analyzes the text and reveals the meanings of many obsolete words.

Also on the portal in the section "Video lecture hall to school" are videos of master classes in humanitarian subjects, which were held in the Presidential Library for students of secondary schools, gymnasiums and lyceums. Using the materials of the Presidential library, children can visit various cultural places without leaving their homes. For example, you can explore the nooks of the legendary cruiser Aurora, take a walk around the historical building of the Synod, where the Presidential Library is located today, remotely visit the House Museum of Julian Semenov, the State Memorial Museum of Defense and Siege of Leningrad, etc.

The presidential library plans to actively interact with the children and youth audience in the future. New projects and events aimed at educating and patriotic education of the younger generation will be implemented.





June 23, 2020, marked the 131-year anniversary of Anna Akhmatova (1889-1966), a great Russian poet of the Silver age, translator and literary critic, author of the works "Requiem" and "Poem without a hero", which reveals all the drama of the period of Stalinist repression. The material about the life and work of the poet is published on the website of the Presidential library named after B. N. Yeltsin.

Anna Akhmatova was educated at the Mariinsky women's gymnasium in Tsarskoye Selo, where she met her future husband, the poet Nikolai Gumilev, at a literary evening.

Akhmatova's first book "Evening" was published in 1912. In 1914, her second collection "Prayer beads" was published. Three years later, the book of poems "White flock" was published.

Strong faith in her people and personal courage in the revolutionary days of 1917 did not allow Akhmatova to leave her homeland. The poet refused to be with those who urged her to emigrate. She survived two world wars, a revolution, and reprisals against her closest people. Her first husband Nikolai Gumilev was shot. The third husband, the famous art critic Nikolai Punin, died in the camp.

Akhmatova's son Lev Gumilev was also arrested. For many years, Anna Andreyevna did not give up trying to rescue him. But nothing helped.

Anna Akhmatova's work as the largest cultural phenomenon of the XX century has received international recognition. Her poems have been translated into many languages. The poet's life ended on March 5, 1966, in a sanatorium in Domodedovo. Anna Akhmatova was buried in the village of Komarovo near Saint Petersburg.




The joint project of the Museum of Boris Yeltsin and Yeltsin Center was dedicated to the Day of Remembrance and Sorrow on June 22. On this day, young historians - participants of the project "I look at a photo" - presented their memory sites dedicated to relatives who participated in the Great Patriotic War.

The project took place completely online. This not only complicated the task, but also made it more interesting, according to Valeria Barmina, head of the children's program department at the Yeltsin Center.

– We offered the children not only to bring photos but also to immerse themselves in the history of the Great Patriotic War. Of course, at the level at which it is available to them. They studied the military path of their great-grandfathers, which they passed during the Great Patriotic War. They created family memory sites and simultaneously studied the necessary IT technologies. In addition, they learned to preserve precious documents that have already become part of not only the history of one family, but also part of a larger history. All documents were carefully scanned and restored by the museum staff. A significant amount of knowledge and technology was obtained, resulting in three wonderful sites.




On June 19, the Clinical Institute of Reproductive Medicine (KIRM), located in the Yeltsin Center, launched a program to assess the immunological status of COVID-19. You can take a test for antibodies to coronavirus and get the result in 10-15 minutes.

Tests determine whether there are antibodies in the blood IgM and IgG to coronavirus. At the same time, the presence of IgM globulins indicates the presence of the disease, and IgG globulins indicate that a person has been ill and has immunity. If IgM antibodies are detected, then to clarify the diagnosis, such a patient will be sent to one of 12 certified laboratories in Yekaterinburg, where he will have to do a PCR test, because in this case, the main thing is not to miss the disease. Anyone can take the test at the KIRM, which operates on the 5th floor of the Yeltsin Center.


Life at the Farm Lunch & Learn

Abilene, Kan. - The next Lunch & Learn program is Thursday, June 25 at noon. Life at the Farm will be presented by guest speaker Alyce Evans, Eisenhower National Historic Site Park Guide. With the purchase of their Gettysburg Farm, Ike and Mamie finally achieved their dream of owning their very own home after 35 years of marriage. They dreamed of retiring quietly in the countryside, however their farm was much more than a simple retirement home. It served as a political and diplomatic tool throughout the President's two terms as well as a place for him to recuperate all while running a thriving cattle operation.

This discussion explores the many facets of the place Ike and Mamie called home. Evans has worked for the National Park Service for more than a decade and as a full-time guide at the Eisenhower National Historic Site for two years.

LINK: https://www.eisenhowerlibrary.gov/press-releases/life-farm-lunch-learn



18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is proud to announce that the 18th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will be delivered by the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres on the 18th of July 2020.  The theme for this year’s lecture, “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A new Social Contract for a New Era”, will focus on the current inequalities that have come under sharp relief during the COVID-19 pandemic and will look ahead to what we must do to address the world’s fragilities and build a fair globalisation.

Due to the current global health crisis, this will be the first-ever Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture to be hosted virtually, live from the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg and the United Nations in New York City.  The lecture will be streamed live on the Nelson Mandela Foundation website and on United Nations platforms, and broadcast live on television networks and on radio.

LINK: https://www.nelsonmandela.org/news/entry/media-statement-18th-nelson-mandela-annual-lecture

George W. Bush Presidential Center June 17, 2020

New Ranking Compares Innovation Impact Among U.S. Universities and Research Institutionsj

DALLAS – Today, the George W. Bush Institute and Opus Faveo Innovation Development released a first-of-its-kind set of rankings measuring the impact universities and research institutions have on the U.S. economy and society based on their innovation. 

Major research institutions are at the center of efforts to understand and combat COVID-19. Now more than ever, institutions that build competitive research operations around life science, biotechnology, and other vital STEM fields are an essential driver of America’s economic growth and pandemic recovery. “The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities and Research Institutions” report can be a helpful tool for policymakers, university leaders, and business leaders on how they can leverage these contributions to advance their communities.

LINK: https://www.bushcenter.org/about-the-center/newsroom/press-releases/2020/06/new-ranking-compares-innovation-impact-among-us-universities-research-institutions.html


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation June 23, 2020

Author Talk with Richard Striner: Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln

Richard Striner is a writer and scholar who has written over a dozen books along with public affairs commentary. He served as professor of history for over thirty years at Washington College before retiring. He now devotes himself full-time to writing and lecturing upon invitation.

A specialist on Abraham Lincoln, Striner is the author of Summoned to Glory: The Audacious Life of Abraham Lincoln, published in 2020. This book destroys the old stereotype of Lincoln as a cautious moderate and shows as never before the brilliant audacity — hidden audacity — with which he killed off slavery and saved the American nation  ... and everything it stood for.

LINK: https://www.alplm.org/NewsEvents/Events.aspx

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library June 29, 2020

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library Announces Re-Opening with Free Admission The organization seeks dialogue with local community

STAUNTON, VA –After temporarily closing its doors in March due to the COVID 19 pandemic, The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library has announced that it plans to re-open to the public on Wednesday, July 1st at 10:00 am. The museum will operate at 50% capacity and has established new protocols to provide a safe and responsible experience to visitors and staff. These protocols include advance registration, social distancing guidelines, and enhanced sanitizing and cleaning protocols. Admission will be free to the public from July 1st to July 5th, but visitors must pre-register.

Throughout this initial phase of reopening, the museum will be open but birthplace tours will be given virtually in an interactive format. In addition to the virtual birthplace tours, we will continue to offer free digital content and programming, including the popular “The Enslaved Laborers in the Birthplace Manse” and “The 1918 Flu Pandemic” programs along with several other programs.