Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sunday December 11: Holiday Open House and Sale of Russian Souvenirs

Join us in celebrating the life of Mary McCausland (Woronko), whose rediscovery of her family heritage created this remarkable collection of Russian Souvenirs. On Exhibit from December 1 through December 24.

Unique Russian souvenirs collected by Mary McCausland of Beverly, MA. over the 21 years after her one and only visit to Russia in 1987. She returned from her trip determined to reclaim the Russian roots she had inherited from her father, Aristarch Woronko, who immigrated from Grodno, Belarus, aboard the ship, S.S. Russia in 1909 to New York. Both Mary's parents died within 10 minutes of each other from the Flu Epidemic of 1918 and Mary and her sister were left orphaned by their deaths. In her later life, Mary collected a "Museum of Russian Artifacts" and her daughter, Alice Salter and her family of Manchester; the Salters, have donated this collection to the Russian American Cultural Center of Boston at Russia Wharf (Director, Margaret Dyer Coleman) to illustrate Mary's life and her goal to reclaim her lost Russian roots.

Mary collected examples of all the well known Russian arts and crafts and visitors will be able to see Khokhloma, many large and small Matryoshkas, some Icons, hand carved wooden bears and Santa Clauses, Russian dolls and toys, Holiday ornaments from Sergiev Posad; and lots more.

Open House Reception, hosted by Margaret Dyer Coleman (, (978 526 7906) and Olesya & Jerry Koenig will take place on Sunday, December 11, from 1-5pm.

Also on display, beautiful Sumi-e paintings by Jan Zaremba, along with etchings and paintings by Russian artists and some unique and fine jewelry.

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