Book Museum exhibits rare documents from the Vladimir Likhodedov Foundation, created in the National Library of Belarus.
How is the search and return of valuable documents to the funds of state institutions? What documents replenish the collections of libraries?
Answers to these questions can be obtained at the exhibition "Homeland. In search of the lost", which opened on September 15, on the Libraries Day, at the Book Museum. During the month, the visitors will be presented manuscripts, archival documents, some rare printed publications of the XVI – early XX century from the Vladimir Likhodedov Foundation, acquired with the support of the state, donated and deposited.
Viktor Przybytko, Deputy Director General of the National Library of Belarus, delivered a welcoming speech at the opening. Congratulating those present on the Day of Libraries, he recalled the unchanging mission of library institutions to preserve and popularize book culture.
The event was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Communications and Informatization and the Ministry of Information of the Republic of Belarus. Thus, Deputy Minister of Communications and Informatization Anna Ryabova expressed gratitude to the National Library and Vladimir Likhodedov for their active work to expand access to information about the national book heritage, reminded about the value of a printed book and the relevance of the project to create an electronic library.
The head of the Department of Publishing and Printing Activities of the Ministry of Information Vladimir Andrievich stressed the importance of the joint historical and educational project "Homeland. In search of the lost", which will turn 20 next year. This year, at the 36th Moscow International Book Fair, the Belarusian stand attracted special attention due to the demonstration of the results of a joint project: an exhibition of album books, an eternal calendar, as well as an application for interactive "animation" of photographs of various parts of Belarus of the XIX – early XX century.
Director of the National Historical Museum of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Khramoy in his speech spoke about the connection between the library and the museum. Thanks to library funds, he became a researcher, and today the museum and the main keeper of the country's book heritage often interact and implement interesting projects to preserve historical memory. He also presented a collection of materials of the V National Forum "Museums of Belarus" to the library.
From the public figure and collector Vladimir Likhodedov, the guests learned more about the project and activities for the search and acquisition of valuable documents. During the author's tour, he told the story of many rarities presented at the exhibition. Vladimir Alekseevich donated to the library a number of books-albums and an eternal calendar, released as part of the project in 2022-2023, illustrated catalogs of postcards by the famous Russian artist E. Boehm and a creative group of famous European masters of the XIX–XX centuries known under the name "Vienna Workshops", unique cartographic materials, rare books of the XIX – early XX century with provenances of library collections of Belarus, as well as individual issues of periodicals of the XIX – early XX century.
The exhibition will run at the Book Museum (room 347) until October 31, 2023
The date of its completion can be changed.
The opening hours of the exhibition correspond to the book museum opening hours.
Admission to the exhibition is by the library ticket or the ticket of the library's social and cultural centre.
The material is provided by the the Bibliology Research Department.