Press release on a meeting of experts on Russia's Historical and Cultural Heritage in the United States

April 6, 2016

On April 6, the Foreign Ministry hosted an expanded meeting of experts on the subject, Russia's Historical and Cultural Heritage in the United States. The meeting was attended by representatives of the Ministry of Culture, the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Cultural Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), the Federal Archives Agency (Rosarkhiv), the Russian Academy of Sciences, MGIMO University, the Diplomatic Academy, the Russian Orthodox Church and the Orthodox Church in America, nongovernment and cultural organisations and the business community.

The participants reviewed a wide range of issues related to studying and preserving Russian historical heritage in North America. They summed up the preliminary results of joint efforts seeking to revive memorial sites related to Russia, including Fort Ross State Historic Park in California and the Chkalov monument at the Pearson Air Museum in Vancouver, Washington, which commemorates the historic transpolar flight, to name a few.

The participants focused on the prospects for expanding the list of heritage sites patronised by Russia and using their potential for promoting bilateral cultural ties and contacts between our two peoples, as well as strengthening cooperation with our American partners. Work will begin on a number of suggestions made by the participants, in particular, a project to take inventory of memorial sites and Orthodox churches in Alaska.
The participants showed great interest in a presentation by the Russian Academy of Arts covering its projects in the United States, including building an international cultural and recreational complex and a monumental composition, The Birth of the New World, in Arecibo, Puerto Rico.