The Lorain International Festival highlights the Ukrainian community, Lorain Historical Society

Each year, the Lorain International Association (LIA) highlights one of the many nationalities of the Cité Internationale as well as a local organization or company.

The Lorain Historical Society has been announced as the featured organization and the Ukrainian community is the nationality of the 55th annual Lorain International Festival and Bazaar in the summer of 2023.

“This coming year, the Lorain International Festival & Bazaar will shine a light on the Ukrainian community of Lorain,” according to a press release. “Ukrainians have been a vital part of both Lorain and the International Festival, from supporting two ethnic churches in southern Lorain to involving the community in civic activities and business.”

The Festival’s first queen, Irene Kychun, represented her Ukrainian heritage.

The International Festival last highlighted Ukrainian nationality in 1980.

“When we found out that Lorain’s Ukrainian community hadn’t been spotlighted in over 30 years, it felt like a natural fit given its history with the festival,” said Chris Rewak, chairman of the board. administration. “The news of the day and the solidarity that the city of Lorain has shown towards the Ukrainian people by welcoming refugees and raising funds have made it even more relevant.

“As a person of Ukrainian descent myself and hosting a Ukrainian family, I am proud to help shine a light on the culture and heritage of Ukraine.”

This is the first time that the Lorain Historical Society will be honored.

Formerly the Société d’Histoire de Rivière Noire, the Société d’Histoire de Lorain is committed to preserving the history of the town.
of Lorain for future generations, the statement said.

This includes the preservation of Lorain’s international heritage through collections of oral histories as well as archived materials about Lorain’s people and businesses.

This includes the John Milas Collection, photographs and slides taken by local photographer John Milas from the International Festival and Parade from 1967 to 2003.

“The International Lorain Association looks forward to welcoming everyone to Black River Landing in downtown Lorain,” the statement read.

The Lorain International Festival & Bazaar will take place from June 23 to 25.

The office of the Association Lorain International meets on the third Tuesday of each month.

Anyone wishing to join the board or help plan next year’s festival is welcome.

Contact Rewak at [email protected] or Vice Chairman of the Board Ben Maniaci at [email protected] for more information.

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