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Archive documents and unique photographs: the Presidential Library presents the exhibition dedicated to the anniversaries of the Leningrad and Vologda oblasts

4 September – 8 December 2017

An official opening of the exhibition, dedicated to two at once important events in the history of the Northwest Region of Russia — the 90th anniversary of the Leningrad Oblast and the 80th anniversary of the Vologda Oblast, will take place in the Presidential Library on September 4, 2017, at 2 pm.

Currently, the Leningrad and Vologda oblasts are the neighbors, along with other regions belonging to the Northwestern Federal District. Meanwhile, despite the formal joining within one district in 2000, most of the oblasts for centuries were forming into a certain territorial, economic and political unity. The exposition will show visitors how the territories of the modern Vologda and Leningrad oblasts developed from ancient times to the present day and will tell about key events in their history.

Among the exhibits are, in particular, some copies of archival documents, such as the letter of Catherine II to Vologda Bishop Ireneus about the opening of the Provincial Government in the Vologda vicariate and an appeal of S. M. Kirov to the organizations of the Leningrad Oblast. Visitors of the exhibition will also get a chance to familiarize themselves with the materials from the period of the Great Patriotic War, which tell about the work of special trains evacuating thousands of people from the besieged Leningrad and the Leningrad Oblast to the Vologda Oblast; with the documents relating to the activities of the Vologda partisan detachment called “For the native land!” The exposition presents photo albums dedicated to the famous regional architectural monuments: the Kirillo-Belozersky Monastery, the fortresses in Staraya Ladoga and some others, as well as certain photographs from the famous color photographs of S. M. Prokudin-Gorsky, taken in the early XX century in the areas today belonging to the Leningrad and Vologda oblasts, to the works of contemporary authors.

The leading cultural institutions of the Vologda and Leningrad oblasts became the partners on organizing of the exhibition: the State Archives of the Vologda Region, the Vologda Regional Archive of Recent and Political History, the Vologda State National Historical, Architectural and Art Park and Museum, the Museum of Metallurgical Industry of “Severstal” Public Joint-stock Company in Cherepovets, the Vologda Universal Regional Scientific Library, the Leningrad Regional Archive in Vyborg, the Central State Archive of Historical and Political Documents of Saint-Petersburg, the Central State Archive of Cinema and Photo Documents of St. Petersburg, the Scientific Library of the St. Petersburg State University, the Interregional Centralized Library System named after M. Y. Lermontov, the Central City Public Library named after V. V. Mayakovsky.

The exhibition will be open until December 8, 2017. Please let us know if you are planning to visit the exposition over the phone (812) 334 2514 or email



Media representatives’ accreditation is open until 2 pm on September 1, 2017.


Please, submit your applications for accreditation in the attached form with the “Media accreditation” note in subject line over email,, to Alexandra Khudyakova, phone (812) 305 1621 ext.167, mobile +7 (981) 788 2808.


Your application on the attached form must specify a media name, a full name of media representative, a date and a place of representative’s birth, full passport or picture id details (series, number, when and by what body it was issued, place of residence), a carry-on equipment (including notebooks and tablet computers), and the contact phone numbers.


Please be advised, that the event participants and guests enter the Presidential Library through the entrance  1, and the media representatives — through the entrance  2 by appointment only and without any exceptions upon presentment of passport or picture id.