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Park of Glory

 In remembering our ancestors, each of us benefits from this well-grounded aspect of our awareness that allows us to stand with pride. Of special importance to the Russian people is honoring their heroes, those who built and strengthened Russia, making it into a country rich with history and one that is notable throughout the world. With this in mind, Russian House Rodina is honored and proud to announce the creation of the Park of Glory.


The grand opening of this unique Park of Glory is scheduled for May 26, 2013. Two days before - on May 24,
Russian House Rodina will begin its two week-long celebration of Russian Culture with a reception devoted to the “Slavonic Literature and Culture Day” in memory of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Teachers of the Slavic Peoples. Celebrations will continue until June 8, 2013.

                                       
The Park of Glory sits on 12 ½ acres and will honor Russia with sculptures and busts of prominent Russian figures for all to admire in the out-of-doors. It will feature such outstanding figures as St. Alexander Nevsky, Dmitry Donskoy, St. Sergius of Radonezh, Czar Ivan III, Yermak Timofeyevich, Peter the Great, Ca
therine the Great, Alexander I, Alexander II, Alexander III,  Mikhail Lomonosov, Alexander Pushkin, Mikhail Lermontov, Nikolai Gogol, Field Marshal Mikhail Kutuzov, Prince Pyotr Bagration, Prince Michael Barclay de Tolly,  Matvey Platov, Pyotr Stolypin, Admiral and St. Fyodor Ushakov, Admiral Pavel Nakhimov, Aleksandr Suvorov, General Mikhail Skobelev, Sergei Witte, Marshal Georgy Zhukov, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Mstislav Rostropovich and Vladimir Vysotsky. In the future, this list will increase.


Planned installation of monuments to Tsar-martyr Nicholas II, Tchaikovsky, Rakhmaninoff, Zvorykin, Sikorsky and other prominent Russian figures.


The Park of Glory also plans to build a chapel in memory of all warriors who have died for the liberty of Russia.


The "Park of Glory" will be an important part of Russian history in America, as it becomes a part of Russian House
Rodina, which was founded by Russian émigrés in 1936. Russian history will appear in the Park of Glory in all its grandeur, complexity, and diversity, and will be presented in the most vivid and dramatic forms. Also set to open on May 24, 2013 is the downstairs museum which will house an exhibit dedicated to the 400th anniversary of the accession of the Romanov dynasty.



The history of Russian emigration is complex, multifaceted, and ambiguous. We can only regret that during the years of great social upheavals in Russia, countless numbers of talented people were forced to leave their country. Many found refuge in America, which embraced them with open arms and gave them the opportunity to realize their creative potential. Such prominent people of the 20th Century as Saint J
ohn (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco, Patriarch Tikhon, Herman of Alaska, Seraphim (Rose), Feodor Chaliapin, Igor Stravinsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Igor Sikorsky, Yul Brynner, Wassily Leontief, George Florovsky, Alexander de Seversky, Vladimir Zworykin, Pitirim Sorokin and many others belong to the history of both countries. Their contributions to the history of America can be the foundation of our modern relationships, with deep mutual respect between the two countries and understanding of their histories.


"The Park of Glory" will be the symbol of the centuries-old ties between the two countries and their good relations. Despite the complexity and ambiguity of the two countries current international relations, we sh
ould be constantly reminded of the history of both countries. During the Crimean War (1853-1856), the United States supported Russia and refused to side with the hostile coalition of European countries; Russia in return saved the U.S. from foreign intervention, sending to its shores two marine squadrons in 1863 during the American Civil War. In 1900, the legendary cruiser "Varyag" departed the Philadelphia docks where it was built. The Russian Navy Ensign of St. Andrew was a symbol of American friendship and mutual assistance between the two great powers.

We have no doubt that such a unique phenomenon as the "Park of Glory" will be the central attraction for all Russian-speaking, Russian-thinking people, who find themselves outside of Russia. We also believe that the descendants of earlier waves of immigrants to the United States, Canada and other countries will be friends with the Russian House Rodina and will participate in the variety of events, concerts, exhibitions, festivals, and meetings that Russian House Rodina offers. In addition, the "Park of Glory" and “Rodina” will be of interest to anyone interested in history and culture, regardless of ancestry and religion.

In order to make this all possible and bring justice to the incredibly rich history of Russia, we are in need of active supporters and donors. For such a large and important project, we are not only in need of financial support and also the labor of talented people with a genuine love for Russia.
 

We are confident that the creation of the "Park of Glory" will inspire people of Russian heritage, and most important the youth, who can strengthen their relationship with their historic homeland and ensure a relationship for many future generations to come. "Pride in the glory of one's ancestors is not only possible, but necessary; a lack of respect shows shameful cowardice." (Alexander Pushkin).

 

We are and will be forever grateful for the financial support of sponsors and patrons, a private initiative which in the past in Russia erected monuments, churches, hospitals and schools. The names of such personages The Stroganov Family, Savva Mamontov, Vladimir Stasov, Pavel Tretyakov, Ivan Morozov and many others have become an inseparable part of the history of the Russian Empire. "Private initiative for the benefit of Russia - is the true love for the Fatherland" (Catherine the Great). We hope and trust that you can joint these illustrious and historic contributors to the cause of Russian culture and society in the United States.


                                                      


Photo report about the opening of the Park of Glory - here.


Television coverage of the "Park of Glory" can be viewed here:

    1. On RBK (Russia);
    2. On the TV channel "Union" (Russia);
    3. Asbury Park Press (USA);
    4. 12th channel (USA).

Reports on the opening of the Park of Glory in the magazin "Moscow" - here.




 


Each of us has a desire to preserve, multiply and transmit to
future generations the cultural heritage of their ancestors.

That is the goal of the Russian House "Rodina."