History of the region based on the materials of archeological excavations is being opened on the lowest floor of the Church of the Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple with the refectory. It is the first full exhibition representing archaeology of the Belozersk district in the Vologda Region. Materials of the monastery archeology are displayed for the first time in our region. More than 4000 archeological objects dating back to different chronological periods are represented there: from the Mesolithic period (9000 B.C.) till the late Middle Ages.
At the end of the 20th early 21st century considerable restoration work has been carried out in the Kirillo-Belozersky museum-reserve. Museumfication of the monuments is being realized at the same time. One of the most interesting architectural buildings of the Kirillo-Belozersky monastery is the Monks cells. In the process of its restoration architects and restorers managed to discover complicated structure of this dwelling house of the 17th-19th centuries.
Exhibitions dedicated to the folk applied art and handicrafts of the Belozersk district are placed in the spacious vaulted chambers of the monastery cook-house of the 16th century. An important place is occupied by wood-carving, ceramics, peasant embroidery, weaving, lace-making and a folk female costume of the 19th-early 20th centuries.



The Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve has been collecting articles connected with the life and activity of famous fellow-townsmen – natives of the Kirillov district for many years. Materials about the Heroes of the Soviet Union, the Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory, the Cavaliers of the Cross of Saint George, and military leaders generals and admirals occupy a special place. One of the most outstanding commanders of the present is army general Yuri Nikolaevich Baluyevsky who studied in the Kirillov Secondary School. Though the military leader was born in Truskavets (Ukraine), he spent his childhood and youth in the Vologda region.

Yuri Baluyevsky’s father, Nikolay Semyonovich, worked as an elementary school teacher in the Saraevskaya School of the Kichmengsky-Gorodok dictrict. He participated in two wars. After the end of the Great Patriotic War, he obtained the rank of senior lieutenant and served in various garrisons. His son Yuri was born on January 9, 1947. In the middle of the 1950s, the Baluyevskys settled down in the village of Novostroyka of the Kirillov district. Yuri left the seven-year school in Kovarzino and then continued his study in the Kirillov Secondary School. Later he worked as a teacher of PE and drawing at school in Kovarzino and served in the army. The further life of Yuri Baluyevsky wasnt directly connected with the Vologda region, but he never forgot about this region that became native for him. He doesnt forget about it up to now. Yuri Baluyevsky admits, “Coming to Kirillov, I return to my youth”.

Last year the museum began to cooperate with the Regional Public Organization Vologda Friendly Association in Moscow. Thanks to the members of this organization, the museum employees managed to establish a contact with Yuri Baluyevsky and asked him to hand over some personal materials to the museum. The army general agreed to do it.

Arriving in Kirillov in July 2015, the army general handed over the following articles to the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve: the full-dress uniform with a medal ribbon (a jacket with high collar, trousers, a shirt and a tie); the diploma of the Collective Security Treaty Organization; the congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War from the Russian President and the RF Minister of Defence; the booklet of the Victory Day parade in Red Square in 2015; 4 magazines with his articles; 15 colour photographs; 3 postcards about the researches of the Arctic; soil sample of the submarine ridge taken by the expedition of A.N. Chilingarov in 2007; the newspaper Krasny Sever issued on March 12, 2005, containing Yuri Baluyevskys article with his autograph; several copies of the Decrees of the Russian President about his operational assignments, documents about his education, awarding with medals and orders, the invention patent, the reference about awards, the list of publications of Y.N. Baluyevsky. He also handed over the printed variant of his poem dedicated to the memory of lieutenant-general K.K. Fateev with his autograph.

All these materials will be kept in the holdings of the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve and used in scientific and exhibition work. There is no permanent exhibition about the 20th century in the museum at present. Therefore the above-mentioned materials will be presented at some displays about the heroic past of our country. They will be also applied in the work aimed at patriotic education together with the earlier collected materials about military leaders who were natives of the Kirillov district. The original materials handed over by Y.N. Baluyevsky will be included into the state museum holding and will be preserved perpetually.

Photos of Alexey Kuzmin and the Kirillo-Belozersky Museum-Reserve