Inside the Heart-Shaped Box: Pre-Revolutionary Russian Treats

Anastasia Shteinert, Communications and Engagement Manager Flowers, cards, jewelry, dinner dates: these are the customary expressions of love on Valentine’s Day. But what’s missing from that list? Sweets, of course! Inspired by the international celebration of love and romance, we scoured the Russian History [...]

2024-02-06T15:43:04-05:00February 6th, 2024|Artifact Spotlight|

Historic Landmarks, New Perspective: Rediscovering Saint Petersburg

Anastasia Shteinert, Communications and Engagement Manager  Founded by Peter the Great in 1703, Saint Petersburg stands as a testament to Russia's rich history. This northern city has played a pivotal role in shaping the cultural and political landscapes not only of Russia but also [...]

2024-01-08T14:54:04-05:00January 8th, 2024|Artifact Spotlight|

The Grand Costume Ball of 1903: From Russian Tsars to Star Wars

Anastasia Shteinert, Communications and Engagement Manager This winter, the attributes of traditional Russian style went viral on social media. On TikTok and Instagram, people all around the world record themselves wearing fur coats, fluffy hats, and ornamented babushka-style scarves. This fashion became known as [...]

2023-12-19T21:48:05-05:00December 19th, 2023|Artifact Spotlight|

Expressions of Gratitude: Four Hand-Illustrated Greetings from the Museum’s Collection

Anastasia Shteinert, Communications and Engagement Manager November is a month of gratitude, when families come together for Thanksgiving to celebrate the blessings of the past year. In observance of this holiday, we are highlighting four documents expressing heartfelt gratitude from different periods and locations. [...]

2023-11-08T12:44:39-05:00November 6th, 2023|Archives, Artifact Spotlight|

A German Governess and the Russian Tsar: The Story of a Porcelain Easter Egg

Nisa Topcu, Museum Intern How did a German tutor named Agnes Bachman receive an Easter egg from Tsar Nicholas II? The story of a delicate porcelain Easter egg, donated to the Museum in 2019, gives us a glimpse into the experience of a German governess [...]

2021-07-16T15:19:10-04:00May 25th, 2021|Artifact Spotlight, History|

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