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This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Russian History Museum’s current exhibition, Last Days of the Last Tsar.

Russian specialist and independent curator Marilyn Swezey presents the gripping story of Russia’s last imperial family under house arrest in the Alexander Palace. Learn about the life of Tsar Nicholas II and his family during the five months spent in captivity in their own residence following the emperor’s abdication in 1917. Swezey draws on first-hand accounts by a chaplain, the tsar’s attendants, and government officials to provide a fascinating glimpse into the imperial family’s experiences in confinement before being sent into exile.

Event Timeline:

5 PM – 6 PM Last Days of the Last Tsar exhibition at the Russian History Museum open for self-guided touring
6 PM – 7 PM Lecture followed by Q&A

About the Speaker:

Marilyn Swezey is an independent art historian and researcher, writer and curator specializing in Russian Decorative Arts and Cultural History. She is co-author of The Romanovs Under House Arrest: From the Diary of a Palace Priest, published by Holy Trinity Publications earlier this year. Marilyn has lectured widely on the history and culture of Imperial Russia and has curated museum exhibitions on Faberge and the Romanovs, including Unknown Faberge: New Finds and Rediscoveries, Nicholas and Alexandra: At Home with the last Tsar and his Family and Unseen Treasures: Imperial Russia and the New World.  She is the editor and contributing author of Faberge Flowers, The Romanov Family Album, and Masterpieces of the House of Faberge.  A graduate of Manhattanville College, she received her M.A. in Russian Studies from Harvard University.


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The Russian History Museum is located on the grounds of the historic Holy Trinity Monastery. Free parking is available at the main monastery parking lot in front of the church and bell tower.



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