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Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« Reply #15 on: June 04, 2004, 03:27:53 PM »
For those of you going to Santa Fe this summer, does anyone have any recommendations to make re: lodgings?

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« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2004, 10:11:25 PM »
Melissa, thank you! My friend and I are close to finalizing our plans, and your input helped get us on the right track!  :D

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« Reply #17 on: June 07, 2004, 07:47:30 PM »
I am definantly going to the one in Cincinnati. More closer to where I live. I bet it will be wonderful. I have always wanted to see their personal belongings and all the costumes and jewels! It will be a live changing experience for anyone who goes. :)

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« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2004, 08:09:24 PM »
The catalog to the exhibition is available on-line at: http://shopmuseum.com/shop/product159.html

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« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2004, 09:04:32 PM »
Thank you, Scott!   :)

I am eagerly awaiting the the time when I can began thumbing through that beautiful catalog's pages . . . looks like we'll be visiting the Santa Fe exhibit in late July!

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« Reply #20 on: June 08, 2004, 04:51:29 PM »
I agree with Janet, I cannot wait to look through the catalog, thanks Scott! :)

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Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« Reply #21 on: June 14, 2004, 01:30:50 AM »
Melissa, are they guided tours? If their is a tour guide do they let you have time to really look at things? I am going and would love to know everything I can about it before I go. Thank you! :)

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« Reply #22 on: June 14, 2004, 05:12:33 AM »
Melissa, I look forward to reading more about your visit when you have the time. Did you have an opportunity to add to the docents shocking lack of knowledge? Not hard to see how the myths, lies, and rumors go on, and on. Did you have a "very" favorite item, or was everything in that category :-)? Thanks so much.

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« Reply #23 on: June 14, 2004, 11:31:33 AM »
"A gay old time under house arrest"? Say what?!  :o

My friend and I will be visiting the exhibit at the end of July, so needless to say, Melissa, I join the group in looking forward to more of your commentary! And we do plan to visit the museum more than one time.

As for their house arrest, certainly there were days less awful than others--once they learned "the ropes," their time at Tsarkoe Selo was at times not unpleasant, and sharing each other's company in Toblosk had its pleasures--but to say that had a "gay old time" is a bit like saying that African slaves had a peachy keen existence on ol' massah's plantation, isn't it?!    :P

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« Reply #24 on: June 14, 2004, 03:13:31 PM »
Yikes. Scary.

I agree with your assessment, Melissa, and I'll go further to say that fawning and other forms of over-sentimentalizing definitely should not be part of the presentation. But to make a mockery of a loving family that was considered too middle class by many of their relatives . . . that's swinging way too much to the other side. C'mon, these were real people who  lost just about everything--except for each other--beginning with their freedom, followed by a slow but steady erosion of their material comforts (who among us would appreciate similar restrictions and changes, hmm?), and eventually forfeiting their lives via a despicable, brutal act, their bodies disrespected and gruesomely discarded.  

Yes, they had tremendous advantage and wealth all around them. But given the circumstances, N & A brought up their children as simply as they could, making sure to encourage modesty plus awareness of their priviledged circumstances. The older children already were, of their own volition, donating money to charities.  Olga and Tatiana gave many hours to war work, and there is strong reason to believe that the three younger children also would have continued this pattern of charity, fueled by empathy, had they lived and their father continued to serve as Tsar. (Or even had they lived in reduced circumstances outside of Russia.)

I'm a docent at an historic house in California. We respect the lives of the people who once lived in the house; we absolutely do not belittle or disparage them. Otherwise, what a waste of time and energy for all concerned . . . and quite frankly, why even #$@! bother?

With regards to the Santa Fe exhibit, if certain docents (or all of them; could this be the fault of a training program?!) do not respect the people who endured house arrest and then were viciously slaughtered, those docents need to get back into their ricketly little Aeroflot time machines and return to Soviet Russia where they can receive all sorts of ticky-tacky medals for turning in mom and pop and otherwise exemplifying the Komosol ideal.

P.S.  Before anybody in the U.S. gets smirky about the Romanov standard of living, may I remind them that we too have our contrasts of great wealth vs. people attempting to survive despite dire poverty and great despair? And here's yet another thought: Shall we run a check on the lifestyles of the folks associated with this exhibit and find out what aspects of their lives they would be willing to forfeit?!   >:(
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Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« Reply #25 on: June 14, 2004, 03:58:06 PM »
Give 'em 'ell, Melissa!
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I'm sure the docents were well trained before hand, so one has to imagine that they were merely spewing forth the party line.  
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2004, 04:03:39 PM »
Janet...Bravo!!! Melissa, kudos to you for setting the automaton straight. Now, if he actually passes the message along..... ::)

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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2004, 04:41:08 PM »
Melissa,

Sorry to read you left the exhibit sick at heart! You would expect better trained people, at least docents who are interested and bring over their knowledge on the subject.

In september I hope to visit the exhibit on N&A in Amsterdam, I shall pay extra attention!

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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2004, 05:53:28 PM »
Anna,
Where and when is the exhibit in Amsterdam going to be? Living in Germany, I can probably get there very easily.
By the way, do you live in the Netherlands?

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Re: "At Home with the Last Czar" exhibit
« Reply #29 on: June 14, 2004, 05:56:47 PM »
I'm sorry that you left the exhibit sick at heart Melissa.You'd think the docents would have done some research so they could keep themselves from saying such stupid things.I think you kept your cool better than what I would have done.I'm the type of person who will speak her mind no matter what and I would have given them @#$& about stating incorrect facts.I hope when this exhibit comes to Cincy that this doesn't happen because I know I'll say something about it.
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