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July 14, 2017

Online Exhibition Dedicated to Petro Tronko’s Birthday Anniversary


On July 12, 2017, Karazin University marked the 102nd birth anniversary of the outstanding expert in area studies, Hero of Ukraine, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Petro Tronko (1915–2011), who devoted his life to work related to area studies and monument protection.

To mark  the scholar’s birth anniversary, P. T. Tronko Center for Area Studies has prepared an online exhibition that presents a series of photographs showing the long-standing and multifaceted relationship between Petro Tronko and Kharkiv region, particularly Kharkiv University.

Petro Tronko became the main inspirator and the head of the many-thousand authoring team of the unique publication of the 26-volume encyclopedia History of Cities and Villages of the Ukrainian SSR, which was awarded the USSR State Prize in Science and Technology.

He initiated the creation of the National Museum of Folk Architecture and Rural Life of Ukraine in Pirogovo, the Museum-Reserve of Zaporizhzhia Cossacks in Khortytsia Island, the National Museum of the History of Ukraine in World War II in Kyiv, and of the reconstruction of the Golden Gates, St. Michael’s Golden-Domed Monastery, and other famous monuments of Ukrainian history.

Petro Tronko became the organizer and the first Head of the Ukrainian Society of Historical and Cultural Monuments; he revived the National Union of Experts in Area Studies of Ukraine.

As an outstanding scholar and a public figure, Petro Tronko’s life and professional work were closely associated with Kharkiv region, and the University in particular. In 1997, he was elected Doctor Honoris Causa of Kharkiv University. From 2003 to the end of his life, he headed the Board of Overseers of the University.

Petro Tronko repeatedly visited the University, supported Karazinites' initiatives, including the opening of the first-in-Ukraine University Center for Area Studies, which is named after him now.

In his honor and name, the University opened a memorable classroom, set up a memorial plaque, and founded a prize for the best report at the traditional International Area Studies Conference of Young Scholars.

Translation by Inna Zaets

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