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The Russian American Cultural Center is a non-profit educational corporation devoted to the historical research and cultural programming that promote mutual understanding and appreciation between Russians and Americans. The center is devoted to providing access to available humanitarian resources that help individuals and families with ties from Russia participate effectively in their communities.

The Russian American Cultural Center offers a multitude of services for people interested in all things Russian. From translating and research, to language classes and travel services, the RACC can help - or at least help connect you with the proper resources and experts. The following is just a short list of services that the Center provides: business translations (legal documents, adoption papers, birth certificates, diplomas, etc.); research - historical and contemporary; genealogical services; loan of artifacts; imigrant networking; travel services, trip planning and consulting; language classes - Russian and English tutoring; celebrations and parties in observance of Russian holidays; lectures, talks, concerts, etc.

For over 20 years the Russian American Cultural Center has played a significant role in the cultural life of Boston's vibrant and diverse Russian-speaking community. Tireless director Margaret "Peggy" Coleman has almost single-handedly built the center. The Center welcomes everyone - from people in the community and tourists to the city to Russians who are visiting or residing in this country and need a cultural refuge, a place where their traditions, values and language are understood. The Center is a place where the samovar is always warm and visitors are treated to Peggy's unique brand of Russian-American hospitality.

Exciting news from the Projects List of the RACC

Back in 1996 the director, and her St. Petersburg colleague, Flora Yarmukhamedova, began a search for the gravesite of the infant daughter of America's 6th president of the United States. Before his presidency, John Quincy Adams, the son of America's 2nd President of the US, John Adams, served as America's first minister to Russia. His tenure began in 1809 arriving there from Boston and he served until called to sign the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 that ended the War of 1812.

In August, of 1811, a daughter was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, to John Quincy Adams and she was named for her mother, Louisa Catherine Adams. 2011 year marks the 200th anniversary of the daughter's birth. However, our search for her gravesite began 16 years ago after the director read a reference to her birth and death in a book entitled -"Russia, America, Hemp and Napoleon - American Trade with Russia and the Baltic, 1783-1812" The book was authored by Alfred W. Crosby, Jr. The book references that she was buried in an English church yard on the "Wasili-Ostroh." It was helpful that the director spoke some Russian and so understood that "Ostroh" was "island" and that this location was on Vasilevsky Island.

There is a long story behind the search over these past 16 years. Flora and I and others for whom the topic was known tried to locate her grave as well as place a memorial plaque on the entrance to the Smolensk Cemetery. In March of 2010, an American employee at the American embassy in Moscow contacted the RACC. The Center supplied them with all of our research material and explained why our efforts to memorialize Louisa Catherine Adams had been so unsuccessful to date. Silence again on our efforts. However, at the end of 2010, the idea was picked up again in Moscow and it looks like there may be a plaque placed at the entrance to the cemetery in time for the 200th anniversary of LCA's birth. Now our research material is more substantial and should satisfy the St. Petersburg authorities. The director of the RACC has held onto the importance of this effort because during her 13 trips to Russia from 1961 - 2003, she had been told that the only American buried in Russia was the Revolutionary, John Reed, who is buried behind the Kremlin Wall in Moscow. To learn that,in fact, the granddaughter of America's 2nd President and the daughter of America's 6th President, was born in Russia, died there in 1812 and was buried in a Russian graveyard left a much greater impact on her search for missing chapters in Russian American history.

If you would like to participate in this event - you may donate funds towards the plaque to the RACC and designated for that purpose; attend the event by traveling to Russia once a date has been determined, or request more archival material on the subject.

To contact the RACC

raccbostonma@aol.com
Phone: 978 526-7906