Russian Icons
World Class Collection

Dr. Anthony G Ziagos, Sr.

Just a few miles down the road from our circulation area in Clinton Massachusetts, success has been defined as the ability to share one's passion in life. Mr. Gordon Lankton and his company Nypro Inc., is a world leader in the plastics manufacturing industry. However, here the measure of success for this extraordinary man is the ability to share a lifetime of collecting and dedication with the public.

In a renovated mill property, operating as a state of the art "Green" building, The Museum of Russian Icons offers a look at history. On display is six hundred years of faith and devotion to Russian Orthodox Iconography. The Museum houses the largest collection of Russian Icons in North America. Both works of art in their own right, and a symbol of the Christianity, Icons can be found in every Orthodox Church and home around the world. They are venerated by the faithful and help to remind us of the sacrifices made by the Saints, Martyrs and Profits of the Church. Icons are the manifestation of this faith and include pictures of Christ, the Mother of God, saints, religious and historical events. They allow Orthodox Christians to repent, renew their faith, and prey they have the strength to be good Christians.

The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 as a non-profit educational museum by Gordon Lankton, an avid collector of Russian icons who also is chairman of Nypro Inc., a Clinton-based plastics company with 55 operations in 18 countries. Mr. Lankton owns over 350 Russian icons, the largest such collection in North America and one of the largest outside of Russia, most of which will be on display to the public for the first time. His collection spans six centuries, and includes important historical icons dating from the earliest periods of icon painting up to the present.

The Museum fills three floors of the 4,800 sq. ft. building. The top floor is the main gallery; the middle floor has galleries, a conference room and offices; and the bottom floor houses a café, mechanical rooms, rest rooms and more gallery space. The levels are connected by custom-designed, sweeping metal and glass stairways that allow visual access to all three floors from any place in the museum. The floors also are all connected by an elevator; the building is totally ADA compliant. The Museum of Russian Icons also has non circulating research library available by appointment.

In a recent press release the Museum is proud to announce that Mr Lankton has negotiated and arranged to borrow 25 Icons from the State Tretyakov Gallery, in Moscow. These icons will be the center of a new wing and International Exhibit scheduled to open in the fall of 2008. According to a statement released by Lankton, "This is a historic occasion for the US and Russian cultural relations at a time when understanding and collaboration are more important than ever."

For more information, a view of the collection and gallery, and directions to the museum please visit their web site at

Dr. Anthony G. Ziagos, Sr. is a publisher and photojournalist from Massachusetts. He is a licensed Doctor of Naturopathy and is currently serving as the Charge D'Affaires for New England - USA, of the Hutt River Province Principality located in Western Australia. He is also Deputy Member of the National Assembly and Minister Delegate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for the International Parliament for Safety & Peace, an Intergovernmental Organization based in Europe. He is a regular contributor to the HellenicComServe. He can be reached at:

(Posting date 9 May 2008)

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