As a child, Stacey Zembrzycki listened to her Baba's stories about Sudbury's small but polarized Ukrainian community and what it was like growing up ethnic during the Depression. According to Baba discloses with honesty and respect what happened when Stacey tried to capture those experiences through oral history. Baba looms large in the narrative, wrestling authority in the interview process away from her granddaughter and eventually coming to share it. Together, the two women lay the groundwork not only for an insightful and deeply personal social history of Sudbury's Ukrainian community between 1901 and 1939 but also for truly collaborative oral history research and writing.
This website is designed to accompany the book According to Baba: A Collaborative Oral History of Sudbury's Ukrainian Community (UBC Press, 2014). It may be purchased from UBC Press, Amazon, or locally, in Sudbury, at Sudbury Paint & Custom Framing (164 Elgin Street).
Click here to email Stacey Zembrzycki.
Last Update: October 29, 2014