On Saturday, September 10th, Dr. Elizabeth Zelensky presented “Pavlovsk Park Long Ago and Forever: Scouting as a Factor in 20th Century Russian Self-Identity” as a part of the Russian History Museum’s Second Saturday online lecture series.
What was the relationship between liberalism, scouting, and childhood in Russia? What was the role of the Romanov family in Russian scouting? Did Russia’s scouting organization differ from Robert Baden-Powell’s?
Dr. Elizabeth Zelensky presented on the history of Russian scouting in both late Imperial Russia and among the Russian diaspora from 1920-1991. She related how the founder of Russian scouting, Oleg Pantukhoff, attempted to create an institutional vehicle for “liberal” values such as self-development, initiative, and “ lichnost” (individuality). Dr. Zelensky’s research drew on materials from the Oleg Ivanovich Pantukhoff Archive – which she had access to before 2014 and are now housed within the Alexander Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad Center in Moscow – as well as her personal connection to scouting. Pieces from the Russian History Museum were referenced as a part of this rich scouting tradition.