On Saturday, June 11th Dr. Hilde Hoogenboom presented “How Catherine Became ‘the Great'” as a part of the Russian History Museum’s Second Saturday online lecture series.
Throughout her engaging presentation, Hoogenboom discussed myths and lore surrounding the legendary 18th Century Russian ruler. Hoogenboom, an expert on Catherine’s memoirs and writing, referenced popular cultural adaptations and theories around Catherine’s life, lovers, and overall character. At the heart of this talk was an emphasis on studying Catherine the Great’s political rule and influence over Russia’s enduring role in arts, culture, and critical thought. Other areas of interest included Catherine’s tumultuous rise to the throne, ties to French Philosophical figures such as Voltaire, ties to the Russian History Museum’s collection, and portraits belonging to Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens in Washington, DC.
Dr. Hilde Hoogenboom’s talk concluded with an immersive live question and answer experience with the audience, covering everything from impressions of Helen Mirren’s BBC adaptation to court politics.
The Second Saturday lecture series is supported in part with federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds allocated to the New York State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).