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CHARITY IN PUSHKINSKIE GORY: THE HISTORY

This part of Russia has always been very special for the Russian people.

State Memorial Historical and Literary Pushkin Open Air Museum MikhailovskoyeIn 1885 Grand Duke Vladimir came here on Alexander Pushkin's birthday to bestow the honour to Pushkin's grave. He attended the evening service in the Monastery together with a few thousand local people, which was referred to in many letters and memoirs of the period because of its exceptional significance.
In 1895 the local community decided to start an almshouse and a library in honour of Alexander Pushkin; soon they built a two-floor house, and took good care of it and its inhabitants.
In 1898 a "Pushkin Committee in Pskov" was organised by the local community that later wrote to the Emperor asking him to give the permission to sell Pushkin's estate to the state to turn it into a museum.
By May 1901 103450 rubles were collected in Russia for public activities in Pushkin area. As a result a big theatre was built, a part of the money was donated to the above mentioned almshouse, another part was used for the maintenance of the poet's grave, and finally for special services on the birthday and death day of Pushkin in the Monastery.

In January, 1907, the Council of Ministers of Russia decided to reallocate the village of Mikhailovskoye and in 1911 Pushkin's house was opened there as a museum, together with a "colony for retired writers and teachers". Between 1911 and 1913 money was collected all over Russia for this "colony" and for the museum on the regular basis.
Pushkin's name was very special for the representatives of all social groups of pre-revolutionary Russia, from the Emperor to an ordinary peasant. Mikhailovskoye was considered to be a National heritage, and various charity initiatives were started in the honour of the poet.

In after-revolutionary Russia and in the Soviet Union charity did not exist.

In 2004 Charity Trust "Pushkinskie Gori Friends" was founded to restore the tradition of people's participation in the life of Pushkinskie Gori area.

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