In 1855 the first collection of Russian folk tales written by A. N. Afanasyev was published. More than a third of the total number of fables and parables in the collection were provided to the folklorist by the archive of the Russian Geographical Society.
To preserve the folk epic, the Fairy Commission was established in the Russian Geographical Society in 1896. Guests of the geographical festival could learn more details about its activities in the zone of history. In the fairy-tale zone of the Festival it was possible to plunge into the atmosphere of magic.
To do this, it was enough to sit next to a miracle tree, put on headphones and hear folk tales told by the voices of famous people.