Photography project preserves Prairie relics, religious history

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(source: The Gateway) Through the inexpensive and permanent nature of photography, a team of researchers from the University of Alberta is trying to breathe new life into Prairie history by documenting more than 1,000 rural Ukrainian and Russian orthodox churches.

Led by history professor John-Paul Himka, historian Frances Swyripa and ethnographer Natalie Kononenko, the project, dubbed Sanctuary, seeks to preserve the spiritual culture of rural orthodox churches across Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Himka first became interested in local church history during a trip to Ukraine, where he noticed many old churches in disrepair, doomed to extinction. Read more.

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