Murmansk residents from the city’s “Club of the Older Generation” visited the Murmansk Regional Archive. A fascinating tour about the history of the archival fund of the region was supplemented by a visit to a specialized archival repository and a story about the appearance of a monument to St. St. Cyril and Methodius in Murmansk.
During a lecture on the history of the regional archive, Dmitry Ermolaev, head of the department for scientific use and publication of archival documents, noted that despite the general digitization, the majority of the archival fund is still stored on paper.
– The specialized building of the regional archive was put into operation in 1990 – said Dmitry Ermolaev. “There are about a million storage items within its walls. In addition, these can be both small pictures or letters, and multi-page metric books. Every citizen of Murmansk can come to the reading room of our archive to find a document of interest to him.
Also, visitors learned interesting facts from the history of our city. For example, how residents of Murmansk in the 1920s collected valuable documents for city buildings, how they saved documents from the hands of market traders who tried to pack fish in them for buyers, how they exported archives during the Great Patriotic War to the Ipatiev Monastery in Kostroma, as well as how it is decided at meetings whether the sausage belongs to meat products or to fat. The guests were particularly captivated by the story of the appearance in Murmansk of the monument to Saints Cyril and Methodius, created in Bulgaria especially for the capital of Kola Arctic, which revived the tradition of celebrating the Day of Slavic Writing in the USSR.
– In my opinion, in our city “Club of the older generation”, the events are very informative, each of us could not learn so many new things – said Svetlana Kobeleva from Murmansk. – I have been a member of the club for over a year and was very upset when its work was suspended during the pandemic. I am interested in all events, I try not to miss a single one. For many elderly people who do not know what to do, I advise you to join our club. It’s interesting here!