On February 23rd, the Friends hosted a free speaker event presented by Geoff Kashdan. Kashdan has taught certification courses for exceptional teachers and spent the early years in his career teaching children with handicap conditions in New Jersey. After moving to Florida, Kashdan worked as a learning strategist in middle schools. He now works on his presentation series called Mind Odysseys with the Institute for Learning.
The Mind Odysseys topic he presented at the Downtown Library was “The Last of the Romanov Czars and their Fabulous Fabergé Eggs.”
Kashdan went in-depth about the history of the tradition. The beautiful imagery of the Czars flaunted wealth of the eggs he made sure to contrast with the poverty many were experiencing in Russia at the time.
Each egg presented to the Czar’s family took years to make and was filled with incredible detail. Today, the eggs can be found in museums and personal collections across the globe.
With him, Kashdan brought a replica of the egg called the Imperial Coronation. The original egg was presented to the Czar’s family in 1897 and inside is a carriage clad in sparkling jewels.
Pictured above is the original Imperial Coronation egg and carriage.
Pictured above is the replica of the Imperial Coronation that Kashdan brought with him which was available for purchase -- and for much cheaper than the original!
To learn more about the Sunday Speaker Series, follow this link! https://www.bocalibraryfriends.org/sunday-speaker-series