Corgialeneion Historical and Folk Art Museum at Argostoli, was founded in
1962 and is housed on the ground floor of the Corgialeneion Library.
The Museum's aim is to preserve the memory of the historical and social conditions which prevailed in Cephalonia before the 1953 earthquakes. The archival historical material of the Museum, depicts the historic past of the island from the early 15th century to 1848.
The character of the Museum is a complex one. In it are portrayed both everyday life and elements of folk culture and mainly the historical fortunes of the island during the following periods:Venetian, Frankish, Turkish, the Turko-Russian period and the periods of the French Revolution, the French Empire, provisional British rule and finally the time of Union with Greece. There is also a vivid depiction of town life and aspects of intellectual life.
To date, the Corgialeneion Museum has produced many interesting informative and educational books and other material, as a means of communicating with the public and promoting historical research.
The Museum contains historical documents with photocopies from the archives of France and England, portaits, oil paintings, collections of personal objects belonging to historic personages, porcelain, silverware, copperware, embroidery, rural implements and utensils, a representation of a period bedroom, watercolours, lithographs, maps, plans and drawings of churches and historic fortresses. It also includes a photographic collection of about 3,000 photographs, works of art, such as carved wooden icon screens, liturgical vessels, icons, coins, handwomen articles etc. In addition, there is a specialized library including a section of drawings of women's costumes from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Also notarial deeds containing information on the names of the various kinds of dress and accessories and of ornaments, such as varietes of lace etc. and musical instruments; historical documentation on navigation and commerce, a reference library of about 500 volumes.
This text is cited Jan 2003 from the Hellenic Ministry of Culture URL below, which also contains image.
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