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Kickstarting a study of Carpathian connections

Feb 01, 2011 10:06 am
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, in Greene County's Lexington, centers an Upstate community that sees their remembered Carpathian Mountains in the local Catskills, as do parishioners at St. Nicholas Ukrainian on Union Street in Hudson. "][/caption]Here's a feel-good story for a snowy couple of days, with a nice silver lining... it might inspire similar successes through the use of online fundraising tools. The Watershed Post is reporting today, February 1, that Catskill Mountain resident Linda Norris, an independent museum professional who used to run the Delaware County Historical Association, among other Upstate institutions, has announced that her attempt to fund her Pickle Project, an exhibit about Ukrainian foodways, met its $5,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal today via "more than 100 backers from all over the world." Norris founded the Pickle Project, a traveling research project about Ukrainian ways of eating, over a year ago and will now use the raised funds to return to Ukraine, where she and co-coordinator Sarah Crow will document Ukrainian foodways and create an exhibit about them that will travel throughout Ukraine and the United States, in some areas via mobile food truck. Norris' project was sparked by years of observations on similarities between the Catskills and the Carpathians, a phenomenon that has resulted in the existence of numerous Ukrainian communities throughout our region, in both Greene and Ulster counties (including the Ukrainian National Home, Soyuzivka, near Kerhonksen), as well as parts of Norris' own Delaware County.

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