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Lackawanna Historical Society hosts Ukrainian pysanky-making workshop in Scranton on April 3

Lackawanna Historical Society hosts Ukrainian pysanky-making workshop in Scranton on April 3
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From a press release:

As many are currently thinking about Ukraine, the Lackawanna Historical Society will teach a traditional Ukrainian craft that also ties into Easter.

Dating back to prehistoric Ukraine, folklore claims that pysanky, elaborately decorated eggs, can help ward off evil from overtaking the world. Intricate patterns are drawn on the eggs with wax, which protects them when colorful dye is applied.

Hosted by Tammy Budnovitch, the popular pysanky-making workshops will be held at the society’s headquarters, the Catlin House (232 Monroe Ave., Scranton), on Sunday, April 3 at 1 p.m. The cost is $25 and includes all supplies, such as a kistka (wax tool), beeswax, eggs, egg designs, and additional designs to take home.

Each workshop is a two-hour beginner class teaching the basic steps of making a pysanka. Budnovitch is a member of S.S. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Church in Olyphant who has been teaching this art for several years. There will also be some of her finished pysanky for sale as well as additional supplies for anyone who wants to continue the craft.

Space is limited for this annual event, so those interested are encouraged to make a reservation by calling the society at 570-344-3841 or emailing

Founded in 1886 as the Lackawanna Institute of History and Science, the Lackawanna Historical Society provides the community with a record of local history through its museum and library collections, exhibits, and programs. In 1942, from the bequest of George H. Catlin, the society established its permanent home at Catlin’s 1912 residence at 232 Monroe Avenue in Scranton.

In 1965, Lackawanna County designated the Lackawanna Historical Society as the official county historical society, and the society continues to serve the county as a center for local history resources. It receives funding from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, the Catlin Memorial Trust, Lackawanna County, and memberships.