News from Municipalities
Day of Russian America was carried out in the Vologda Region town of Tot’ma.
In 1812 the first Russian colony appeared in California. Twenty-five Russians along with 80 Aleuts headed by a native of Tot’ma town Ivan Kuskov, Chief Administrator of the Russian-American Company, stepped ashore near the mouth of an unnamed river (which they subsequently named the Slavyanka) and established Fort Ross.
A large celebration program was planned for Tot’ma, with the first events beginning in a local church with the requiem service, master classes in Russian birch bark basketry, folklore concerts and simultaneous bell ringing with Fort Ross.
At the same time the Fort Ross Festival was held in the Fort Ross Historical Park on July 26-27. This year's weekend-long celebration brought together artists and performers from around the world covering the breadth of historic Settlement Ross's multicultural community. They came to celebrate the international flavours and cultures at Fort Ross Festival 2014. This year's event highlit the Kashaya, Russian, Alaska Native, and California ranch era people who have called Fort Ross home over the centuries. Costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts, militia cannon firings, music and dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar were offered to the guests of the festival.
Fort Ross was founded in 1812 by Ivan Kuskov, who was born in Tot'ma and worked as Alexander Baranov's right hand man in Russian America. Today, Fort Ross is a national park where visitors can learn about the daily life of the early Russian settlers.