Lucia Olaro Nenate, the ambassador for the promotion of Romanian culture and especially Emenescu, carries the character of Emenescu in the same spirit as it was 50 years ago, when moving to Ipotesti irreparably marked his fate.
Reporter: – On September 1, 2022, 50 years have passed since you started your activity in Ipotești.
– yes. On September 1, 1972, I came with the cast from college. Graduated as Head of Promotion at the Faculty of Romanian, Latin and English Philology. On the morning of September 1, 1972, I went to Ipotiti with Sir Paul Adorchi, Director of the Provincial Museum, to whom I have eternal reverence. I was in a terrible frenzy and was telling him what it must be like in Ipotesti and he was looking at me curiously. He was glad that someone came to the museum in Ipotesti, where no one wanted to go, because the salary was less than that of the maid. I will never forget the maid Ginita Creo, a reliable person. I cannot forget that she once ran on foot to Stâncești to catch the bus. A silver spoon has disappeared from the museum. He stopped the bus, searched the children, and found the spoon he had brought. When I arrived at Ipotiti, she told me that “the designer should take the wand and show on the walls what happened to Eminescu, mother, father …”. I also found there the teacher who was sent by the school inspectorate for a few hours of orientation. The lady told me that she had to go somewhere and that she was coming back. He gave me back tickets and 300 lei. He said he would come right away, but he didn’t. Leave me tickets and 300 lei. This is how my activity in Ipotești began. I could then get a job in Bucharest, where my husband was already working, but I came to Ipotești as if Eminescu had called me. And it was. Lots of groups used to come to Ipotești and knew how to get their attention. I was talking so much that some days when I got home, I would just sign. After a while, I went to a refresher course in Bucharest and realized that I had to put something in the museum, and that there were only some paintings and pictures on the walls, made with the support of the Museum of Literature in Iai. I started looking for antique original things. I wandered around town and asked old men, and so I ended up in the Droitel family, in Mrs. Professor Torwanco, in other important families in town. I found doors open everywhere, as if everyone was waiting for me.
– Do you have indisputable evidence of your participation in the arrangement of the memorial house of Ipotești?
– Yes, “Revista muzeelor” from 1973, in which the article document on the arrangement of the memorial house was published – a supporting note, an objective scheme. How the house used to be, like a train station, vintage photos and suggestions for how to divide it, and what to put in the house. The article was signed by me and I say this to those who deny my activity since then. Here is the proof, I made these proposals in 1973. I trusted myself and made those proposals. And I started looking for things for the memorial home.
– What was the first thing you brought?
Clothes closets. I discovered that in the library at Câmpulung Moldovenesc were two cabinets inlaid with rosewood, which are still in Ipotești and inside bear the signature red chalk “Aglaia”. They were the pony tanks of Aglaya, the sister of Mihai Emenscu. Then we got the lockers that will be brought to Ipotești. At that time I was only with the maid, but I managed to collect the dowry that they still have in Ipotiti. I searched for other things and other things, and found people who wanted to offer something more. Forensic scientist Augustin ZN Pop owned a few other things and then I had to make a report so I could buy them.
– What did you get from Augustin ZN Pop?
– Make-up box, several documents, Veronica Mikli letter with cornflower. A purchasing committee, which included Angela Pavilyuk Olaru, museum designers from Iai, and representatives of culture, validated the purchases. This way we got many things, but we also got donations. You have studied the form of the inner period. I remembered that my grandmother from Chernivtsi was telling about window galleries that had been transformed, and then I found a sculptor and asked him to make window galleries out of wood. I wandered around until I found some fabrics that reproduce scarlet curtains and drapes. I even put linen, basil, and lavender in my chest. I also found a silver candlestick, a rug dyed in plant colours. A rug with stripes, which can be seen as tricolor, and Professor I.D. Marin, grandfather of the poet Horațiu Lașcu, told me that it was possible that the poet’s family was unionist, because they had raised the tricolor on little. Church, when Little Union was. Then I understood that the stripes on the bark were tricolor stripes.
– What can you tell us about the excavations carried out in Ipotești?
– With Director O’Dorchi and his colleagues from the Provincial Museum, we dug into the yard because Professor I.D. Marin said there was another building there, Ateneza, where the boys slept. We dug to see if we couldn’t find traces of care. To our surprise we found the Dacian Thraco settlement, the Dacian stove and some break. Director Mr. Şadurschi sent them to the museum for cleaning and restoration, and a wonderful Thraco-Dacian amphora and a cat came out. When he learned of the discovery, Adrian Păunescu sent a helicopter with a journalist from “Flacăra” and wrote about the discovery in Ipotești. About the amphora under the house in which Eminsko slept, about the Dacian stove and Emensko’s appetite for the dacha. He also wrote our names, Lucia Olaro and Paul Sadorchi. Then I also found some bits of mud, which the manager also said were leftovers from the stoves in the house. It was restored in Mihăileni, other terracotta tiles were made according to their model and the fireplaces still in Ipotești were reconstructed. As I wandered around the city’s aristocracy, I found many other things, books, a desk, antique furniture, and a silver spoon with the monogram of the poet’s mother on it. After we arranged two rooms, Mr. Jochi (Chief of Culture – no) organized a meeting, and the then Minister of Culture and other intellectuals were invited. They validated what I had achieved up to that point, which for me was an unexpected success. That’s when Eminescu Days practically opened.
– You have an important document, the first newsletter of the House of Remembrance.
– It is the first leaflet in the museum, which I made as I thought fit, with an amphora, with the first interior of the house, with the paintings of the poet’s parents. I found out that the paintings were in Bucharest and sent Professor Jorge Stancio to make some copies after those pictures and they were placed in the museum.
Where did the idea to demolish the old house come from?
– I recognized in a photo that there is a tree near the balcony of the house. In fact, the tree was farther away than it was in the picture and I said “the tree didn’t move, that means the house moved”. I asked the manager Mr. Sadurschi to do some digging and so we found the corner of the old foundation sticking out from under the current foundation. From there the idea of demolishing the memorial house and rebuilding it exactly on the existing foundations began. Some pictures were taken in those digs. 2-3 years ago, a guy from Tulcea called me. He sent me a letter and two pictures of a woman and a man digging in a trench for antiquities near the house in Ipotiste. He asked me if I knew who these people were. I was with director Şadurschi. This was followed by the rebuilding and opening of the house. I did not attend the inauguration because I was appointed director of the Vasilach Theatre. My activity, regardless of the institutions in which I worked, was related to Eminescu. I never parted with Eminescu and always found something new to say about his life and work.
– The culmination of your beautiful activity is that 50 years later, on September 1, 2022, I participated in a new edition of the Congress of Archaeologists, from Chisinau.
– Over the years, I have been invited to various events where I have talked about Eminescu. Many years ago, Reverend Theodore Damien invited me to New York after the book “Eminescu”. From Poetry Music to Poetry Music”, at Gia Publishing House, led by Elena Kondry and Emenescu Song Tape, with the support of Maestro Ioan Kupali. In New York we presented the book and songs and it was a great event. It was said then that the events of 2000 were the publication of the book “Dulcea mea Doamnă”. / Eminul meu iubit: The original correspondence of Mihai Eminescu – Veronica Micle”, elegant edition, copies, notes and preface by Christina Zarivopol-Ilias, respectively book “Eminescu. From poetry music to music poetry ”and the Eminescu song bar. I also visited Edmonton, in the village of Buyan, where there are descendants of the inhabitants of the village of Buyan in Romania, who immigrated to America. In the Roman church there I left the book and the cassette with the songs of Eminescu. The president Emil Constantinescu was there Tribal.
– And so I became a cultural ambassador, but without getting a single lei for this great promotional activity.
– She talked about Eminescu and Romanian culture in New York, Calgary, Edmonton, Montreal. She spoke about Eminescu in Montreal at the exhibition organized by Marc Marinescu. Then I received a twig of linden in Eminescu from Copou – Iași, covered with gold. It was one of the most valuable honors I have received over the years. Unfortunately I don’t have it anymore, it’s gone from my house, but maybe I’ll get it back someday. Then we had an unusual road created at the request of many people telling them about Eminescu. I have talked about him and about Romanian in Bălți, Cernăuți, in Germany and other cities in the country and in the world. A journalist from Germany wrote about me that no one had ever seen a teacher, orator, animator, and other adjectives, all devoted to promoting Romanian culture and especially the character of Emenescu.
Back to the conference in Chisinau…
– You said at the conference in Chisinau that it has been exactly 50 years since I came to Ipotesti as a cartographer. Those present applauded, congratulations. I can tell that Eminescu has been with me the whole time. Although I have received many blows over the years, as evidence that the power of evil still exists, I have always found the energy and divine support to talk about Roman culture and Mihai Eminescu.