At the event, the Foundation also unveiled the new Russian Nobility Association Reading Room. The museum and reading room are located at Holy Trinity Monastery and Seminary in Jordanville, New York.
Honored guests included The Board of Directors of the Russian Nobility Association in America (RNA), the Consul General of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, representatives of cultural organizations, auction houses, art historians and many other members of academia. Descendants of the Russian Imperial Family were also in attendance, arriving from as far away as Moscow, Russia.
Following a Hierarchal Liturgy served by Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen), guests assembled in the Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary Hall to listen to welcoming remarks from Archpriest Vladimir von Tsurikov who has been spearheading the opening of the museum and RNA reading room. Formal remarks were also offered by the President of the Russian Nobility Association, Dr Cyril Geacintov, Igor L Golubovsky, Consul General, and Edward Kasinec from the Harriman Institute at Columbia University and board member of the Foundation of Russian History.
Following the remarks, Archpriest Vladimir von Tsurikov officially opened the museum. Fr Vladimir led the guests through the museum explaining the many artifacts on display. The museum contains manuscript and print materials, archival documents, and three dimensional object d’art. The oldest item on display dates to 1575, other displays include items from the reign of Tsar Michael Feodorovich up until the present day.
The Museum officially opens to the public on May 25, 2014, during Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary’s graduation weekend. Normal museum hours will be Wednesday through Friday 2-5 pm and Saturday through Sunday 1-4 pm and by advance appointment.