Town Museum of Vrac
Mr Javor Raajski
Looking after the treasure of the Museum is great pleasure, but at the same time a big responsibility. This museum is one of the most important in the country. It aligns itself with the richest ones with 250.000 objects classified into seven departments.
On the occasions of the 90th and 100th anniversary of the Museum two publications were issued - the first one was the more complete one. Both the two of them served as a base and a starting point for the third one. We expect the third one (the Monograph) to be internationally recognized, but at the same time we understand it as very important material that future generations might be able to use.
The main aim for each of them was to expose the historical survey of development and to point out the contribution in scientific, research and educational fields of work, but at the same time to serve as a depot of the documents from the past.
Large-scale view of the Museum clearly shows that Archeological Departments (there are 5 of them) are the richest ones, so this Museum would rightly be called further on in the subtitle the Archeologically-historical museum.
In the previous preface the author (Rastko Raajski) mentions the problem of space in relation to the permanent exhibition hoping that for the 100th anniversary all these vital problems would be left behind. Nowadays the Museum celebrates 120 years since its founding and these problems have not been solved yet. It remains the ONLY museum in Vojvodina without its permanent exhibition. Hope and enthusiasm are being cherished, specially because the Museum was given purposeful large building. It is building CONCORDIA where the Town Museum was founded in 1882.
We do hope that this Monograph will mitigate to some extent the absence of the permanent exhibition and draw closer both wealth and beauty of the objects to the reader. But through this Monograph we also want to mark 120 years of work of this institution. At the same time 60 years have passed since Felix Milleker's death, the very first manager of the Museum. We are also marking the anniversary by putting bas-relief board in bronze on CONCORDIA building where Felix Milleker started his work in 1882. Apart from bibliography, that the Museum issued in 1995, work on his biography is in pipeline. We are very grateful to Ph.D. Egon Past from Münich, Milleker's descendant, who has gathered very important material. Mr Past brought us very extensive family archive and donated it to the Museum, and we are very thankful to him because of that.
The Museum Archive is not preserved completely. Unfortunately, it was partly damaged, and partly disappeared during the two World Wars.
Contribution of all the people who worked and still work in the Museum is enormous, but we must emphasize two names with extraordinary merits. They are the first two directors of the Museum: Felix Milleker and Rastko Raajski.
As a consequence of certain circumstances on one side and before all because of their work and erudition on the other, these two directors (Felix Milleker and Rastko Raajski) contributed enormously and made the Museum a respectable one, specially the Archeological Departments. On the posts of the directors (at that time managers) the two of them spent 91 year, which is rather unusual and can be seen as a kind of curiosity.
After all, 120 years of existence oblige and at the same time demand from us to pay honour to our predecessors who contributed and made the Museum to be one of the best.
In the end I would like to paraphrase the words of one of the predecessors, Rastko Raajski, who talks about passed road, concluding his statement by using the words of the French painter Edgar Degas: "We should have high opinion of the things that might be done during one day, and not of those which had already been done".
Our thanks go to Vrac City Hall that enormously helped the publishing of the Monograph, The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia and The Provincial Ministry of Culture of Vojvodina.