Mercury in Lviv. On Lviv Trade-Fairs, Exhibitions, Shops, Artisans, and Entrepreneurs

Mercury in Lviv. On Lviv Trade-Fairs, Exhibitions, Shops, Artisans, and Entrepreneurs

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March 15, 2013

Center for Urban History, Lviv

Center hosted a presentation by Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski entitled "Mercury in Lviv. On Lviv Trade-Fairs, Exhibitions, Shops, Artisans, and Entrepreneurs."

Bozhemskyi Cameras, Zalevskyi Chocolate, Vronskyi Furriers, Nyevchyk Tools, Khudzikovskyi Safes, Rosentsvaig Chests, Mikolyash Pharmaceuticals, Levytskyi Porcelain, Bushek Silver. Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski of Warsaw’s History Meeting House will tell the story of Lviv trade and commerce, of fairs held near St. George’s Cathedral and on the Market Square, of the "Wystawa Krajowa" (the Regional Exhibit) and the "Targi Wschodnie" (the Eastern Fair), of notable entrepreneurs, and of stylish salons like the fantastic "Benignina" and the aforementioned "Mercury". The multimedia presentation featured original artwork as well as archival material and the work of Lviv artisans from the extensive collection of the residents of the town of Kresy, a process of collection with which the presenter has been involved for more than a quarter century. Those attending also had an opportunity to view the album "Świat Kresów" (The World of Kresy). The book is co-authored by Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski and Danuta- Błachut Biegańska contains dozens of reproductions of the work of Lviv artisans.

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Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski

is a researcher at Warsaw’s independent cultural institute, the History Meeting House, which documents the 20th century history of Poland and East Central Europe. Since 2009 he has served as the coordinator of the "Warsaw Kresy Initiative" which is aimed at promoting a comprehensive dissemination of research of the historical and cultural heritage of the eastern sector of the First and Second Polish Republics, as it reflects the common heritage of Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and Ukraine. The initiative will consist of presentations, discussions, book promotions, author readings, film screenings, lectures for adults, and workshops for children, as well as shows and exhibits.