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“YEARNING FOR THE REPUBLIC” EXHIBITION MAKES A NARVA STOP

The University of Tartu’s Narva College (Raekoja plats 2, Narva), will host the touring “Yearning for the Republic. The establishment of the Province of Estonia in 1917” exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia. The exhibition will open on 28 June 2017.

If we as a nation are not able to use profitably the present moment for the realization of the ideal of (independent) statehood, then one cannot know when there would be a better moment for it. Jaan Tõnisson, 1917

The subject of Estonia’s independence has come up time and again over the years. This joint exhibition by Estonia 100 and the Estonian History Museum showcases the revolutionary events in Russia in 1917 that changed the lives of nearly every Estonian. A spontaneous revolution broke out in Petrograd in March 1917, overthrowing the Romanov dynasty. A month later, the Estonians received approval from the new Russian government to establish the Autonomous Governorate of Estonia. In autumn of the same year, Estonians were already speaking openly about declaring the independence of Estonia. The year 1917 saw two revolutions sweeping across Estonia, the establishment of the local government and national military units, as well as attempts to mark national boundaries.

This exhibition sheds light on the turbulent events that led to the declaration of the Republic of Estonia in February 1918. The exhibition was first displayed on 12 April at Mihkli Church, Koonga, Pärnu County.

The exhibition “Yearning for the Republic” will be open at Narva College from 28 June to 1 October 2017.

Narva College opening hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 7pm; Saturday, 9am to 3pm.

 

Team:

Curator: Tõnis Liibek

Consultant: Toomas Karjahärm

Design: Aadam Kaarma, AKSK

Language editor: Hille Saluäär

Translation into English: Wiedemanni Translation Bureau

 

The next stop of the “Yearning for the Republic" touring exhibition will be at Rakvere.