Russian History Museum

Introducing the Russian History Museum via their latest in a monthly “Second Saturdays” lecture series, although the latest was on 1st October.

  • The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln – by Marilyn Swezey

Tsar Alexander II of Russia and President Abraham Lincoln both profoundly influenced the destinies of their respective nations. What were relations like between the autocratic ruler of a centuries-old empire and the elected president of a young democracy?

Marilyn Swezey examines the relationship of these two national leaders, their cordial correspondence, their parallel endeavors (the emancipation of serfs in Russia and the end of slavery in the U.S.) and their common tragic fate. Swezey speaks about the visit of Russian imperial naval squadrons to New York and San Francisco during the Civil War as a demonstration of Russia’s support of the Union.

Go to their main channel for more fascinating events – see videos and/or playlists.

The lectures are hosted and facilitated by either of the following:

  • Michael Perekrestov – Executive Director
  • Nicholas (Nick) Nicholson – Museum Curator
  • Hannah Phillips – Public Engagement Coordinator

6 thoughts on “Russian History Museum

  1. On the topic of Russian – US historical relationships, I did happen to catch a few articles about this topic on Russia Insider in recent years. Marilyn’s lecture provides valuable enrichment of this topic.

    For example:

    • 1863: The “Other Time” Russia Meddled With American Democracy – RI Staff 14 July 2017

    • The Colorful and Rich 165-Year History of Russia’s Diplomatic Presence in San Francisco – Wayne Madsen 6 September 2017

    • The Tsar Sent His Navy to NY to Support Lincoln in the Civil War – Russia and America Were Great Friends – Oleg Yegorov – 16 March 2019

    • In 1871 America Fell in Love with Russia – The Amazing Story of the Tsar’s Son’s 3 Month Triumphal Tour of the USA – Suzanne Massie – 12 May 2019

    • Russia and the United States: The Forgotten History of a Brotherhood – Cynthia Chung – 28 October 2019

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  2. and for further reading …

    • U.S. Civil War: The US-Russian Alliance that Saved the Union by Webster G. Tarpley

    In effect, it was the Russian intervention that helped to allow the Union to succeed and be preserved …

    US Navy Secretary Gideon Welles: “God Bless the Russians”

    [Ref: The Diary of Gideon Welles (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1911), September 25, 1863, vol. I, p. 443.]

    • Diary of Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy under Lincoln and Johnson

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    • Thank you for dropping by Claudius – I always appreciate your conversations with Ian Millard on his superb blog. I just wish I had more time to spend there:

      Mine is really an accidental and unintentional blog – let me explain. I am using WordPress (incidentally) – which allows me to *Like and post comments here and there. I originally started by selecting “Press This” or “Reblog” to acknowledge and support a few items of interest. My early posts did not apparently carry forward the links to the source and I am here as a result of a bit of trial and error and refinement.

      All I can offer is that when I encounter a new WordPress channel I scroll back and forth and a “Follow” tab option pops up in the lower right-hand corner. Otherwise you may have to look into the WordPress setting options to see how to follow another site.

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