Been keeping up with the Winter games in Sochi? Sad to see them ending this week? Maybe found a new love for Russian culture? Or just want to be better informed of its history and traditions?
With the Winter Olympics going on in Sochi through Sunday we here at the FHG Library have pulled together some highlights of our materials that focus on the host country, Russia. The country has a remarkable, albeit infamous, past which can be seen through the diverse materials we have on display. Books focusing on Russian history, political ideology, foreign policy and economics are included to show the infrastructure of Russian life. Russia’s cultural side is also on display, as topics such as literature, theater, architecture, and sports are highlighted.
On loan from Svetlana Andreushkina, Professor of Russian here at WCU, are traditional Russian artifacts including Matryoshka dolls (Nesting dolls) and Cheburashka, a well-known character in Russian children’s literature.
No Olympics exhibit would be complete without discussing the games themselves. Materials from the Russel Struzebecker Collection highlight Russia’s involvement in the games, including books discussing the United States’ boycott of the 1980 games in Moscow and programs from past Russian hosted games.
Still curious about Russian Culture? Or maybe you just can't get enough history on the Olympic games check out these online resources: