For the first time in Chersonese and Sevastopol, the rarest exhibits from a private collection are presented
The opening of the exhibition “Volunteer of Eternity: Legacy of Aron Yakovlevich Gidalevich. To the 155th anniversary of his birth (about Sevastopol and the people of Sevastopol…)”. Archaeological artifacts, complemented by archival materials, old photographs and newspapers, allowed visitors to travel back in time and see Sevastopol at the beginning of the 20th century. The exposition dedicated to the unique finds from the collection of A. Ya. Gidalevich was presented to the public for the first time.
The new exposition will tell about Sevastopol and the people of Sevastopol, about one bright representative of this amazing city. Here you will learn about the collection of Aron Yakovlevich and about the tragic pages of his life history, which was interrupted in the hardest times, not only for Sevastopol, but for our entire country. As a result of the expropriation, thousands of items from the Gidalevich collection ended up in various institutions, a little more than a hundred artifacts ended up in Tauric Chersonese. It is them that we can see today in the exhibition. It is dedicated to a citizen of Sevastopol, one of many, but an outstanding— the press service quotes director of the museum-reserve Elena Morozova.
According to Elena Morozova, this is the first local history project of the museum-reserve dedicated to the city and its inhabitants, and she expressed confidence that the exhibition would be successful and bring great pleasure to visitors.
The curator of the exhibition, the curator of the museum-reserve E. V. Kolesnik, told the first visitors about the personality of A. Ya. Gidalevich and conducted an introductory tour of the new exposition dedicated to the opening:
Aron Yakovlevich Gidalevich is a merchant of the 1st guild, a public figure and a philanthropist who played an important role in the life of pre-revolutionary Sevastopol. In 1908, he prepared and printed in his Progress printing house the first address-calendar in Sevastopol, which became a city guide. All his life he was fascinated by history, he was a member of the Taurida Scientific Archival Commission, and in 1912-1913 he happened to take part in the archaeological expedition of the Chersonesos Museum on Mangup, leading the excavations in Tabana-Dere.
Another curator of the exhibition, head of the archival department T. A. Prokhorova, emphasized that the collection of A. Ya. Gidalevich, which consisted of several thousand artifacts, included a numismatic cabinet and rare antique ceramics. Today, more than 100 items from this unique collection were presented to the attention of visitors, which complemented about 50 genuine finds from the excavations of R. Kh. Leper on Mangup in 1912-1914. Old newspapers, photographs with views of Sevastopol and archival documents helped to recreate the atmosphere of the last century at the exhibition.
You can get acquainted with the collection of A. Ya. Gidalevich in the small hall of the Antique exposition of the Museum-Reserve until April 30, 2023. Opening hours of the exhibition: daily from 9:00 to 17:00, Monday is a day off.
Ticket price: for adults — 100 rubles, for students, students over 16 years old and pensioners — 50 rubles.