According to Baba

A Collaborative Oral History of Sudbury's Ukrainian Community

Stacey Zembrzycki

  • Published: 2014. Paperback February 2015
  • Subject Listing: History
  • Bibliographic information: 252 pp., 16 illus., 4 maps, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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 then 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 but also for truly collaborative oral-history research and writing.
Stacey Zembrzycki is an oral and public historian of immigrant, ethnic, and refugee experiences. She is the coeditor of Oral History Off the Record: Toward an Ethnography of Practice.