An official opening of the exhibition “The Khraptovich Library: On the Way Back”, was held in the Book Museum on April 15 where unique exhibits have been displayed for the first time: the 19th century correspondence of the Khraptovich family and the books from their famous library in Shchorsy recovered from abroad.
The exhibition was organized together with the charity fund “Shchorsy and Khraptoviches”, by efforts of which the return of the unique documents to the native land became possible.
Mr Alexander Susha, Deputy Director General of the National Library of Belarus, made an opening speech. He congratulated everyone on the outstanding event, the return to Belarus of the unique historical cultural monuments of our land. The speaker turned to the history of the library in Shchorsy, noted its role and value for the Belarusian and world culture. He described his first experience with books and correspondence of the representatives of the famous family, which are stored now in the National Library of Belarus, and expressed confidence in the fact that the recovered documents will henceforth become the object of careful study of researchers.
Ms Anna Bulda, Director of local charity fund “Shchorsy and Khraptoviches” described the circumstances and ways of the return of the unique collection to Belarus. She presented initiatives and measures, made by organization to retain the heritage of the Khraptoviches. Ms Anna Bulda emphasized the importance of collaboration in this sphere of different state and particular establishments and thanked national library for the support and collaboration.
Following the speaker, Ms Irina Tsaruk, Director of the Navagradak District Library, stressed the role of libraries in the retention and popularizations of book heritage. She emphasized that “The Khraptovich Library: On the Way Back” exhibition will allow the wide range of visitors to enjoy the unique collection.
In the end of the event, the guests and participants were introduced to the historical part of the exhibition, and also to the artistic work of BNTU students, who volunteered in the summer camps on the improvement of the estate of Khraptovich in Shchorsy in 2018–2019.
“The Khraptovich Library: On the Way Back” exhibition will be on show in the Book Museum (room 347) until April 30, 2021.
The end date is subject to change.
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Bibliology Research Department