“The Republic Manifesto”, an exhibition timed to the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the BSSR, will open at the Book Museum.
The beginning of the twentieth century was filled with epoch-making events, which fatefully influenced the history of modern Belarus. The First World War and the Russian Revolution of 1917 led to the collapse of the great empires, creating new opportunities for the formation of national states. From that time, the modern Belarusian statehood originates.
The exhibition thematic sections reflect the significant events of the period. The starting point was the First All-Belarusian Congress (December 1917), convened at the end of the Great War, and the proclamation of the Belarusian People's Republic (March 1918) which clearly discovered the will of the Belarusian people to independence.
On January 1, 1919, the Soviet Socialist Republic of Belarus was proclaimed, and in few days The Manifesto of Provisional Workers 'and Peasants' Government of Belarus was officially published. Soon on the First All-Belarusian Congress of Soviets adopted the Constitution of the SSRB, but new armed hostilities blocked the country’s development. The beginning of the Soviet-Polish war of 1919–1920 led to the appearance on the map of the Lithuanian-Belarusian Soviet Socialist Republic, which quickly disappeared as a significant part of Belarus was occupied by the troops of Jozeph Pilsudski.
The exhibition centerpiece is numerous periodicals, which cover the fateful events and public reaction to them in contemporary society. The unique materials are on display: documents with the famous Manifesto of 1919, the manuscript of the first head of the SSRB government, Dmitry Zhilunovich (Tishka Gartny), rare books, newspapers, magazines, postcards and maps reflecting the state borders of the era. All publications are from the library’s collections.
On the opening day, you will have a unique opportunity to see the original archival documents from the collection of the National Archive of the Republic of Belarus.
The exhibition will open on December 21, at 16.00, and will run until March 15, daily, except Mondays and national holidays.
Admission is by library card or by ticket of the library's social and cultural center. Information and tickets may be obtained at the registration desk.
For more info: (+375 17) 293 27 22.
All materials are provided by the Bibliology Research Department.