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  • Homeland Visits

  • 1980
    Dymitr Szach


  • 2001
    Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik/
    Mary Yurkosky Dubowchik


  • 2001
    William Morrison


  • 2003-2004 Andrew J. Smith

  • 2004
    Carol Morrison


  • The Journey of a Lifetime

    I was at a point in my life where it was time to get my travel priorities straight. I didn't want to go on a vacation anywhere in the world, sit on another beach or see another cathedral until I had the chance to go to my ancestral homeland of Pielgrzymka/Peregrymka. To me it was a magical place that I just had to see. Lemkoland was my Disneyland. After trying to get other people together to make the trip and trying to get on other trips that all fell apart I realized that if I wanted to get there with my mother (referred to as Baba), who was then age 89, I just had to make reservations and do it!

    My decision was made easier because my cousin, Paul Yurkosky, was there in 1999. He said Poland is beautiful and it is very easy to get around there. Yes, Poland was beautiful and it was easy to get around, but we had another goal in mind for this trip. We wanted to meet the other half of my mother's father's family who once lived in Pielgrzymka but was forced to move to Ukraine in 1945. A second cousin (once removed) convinced me that the family in Ukraine had plenty of room for us to stay with them, they would take good care of us and we should go to Ukraine as well. Ukraine is not as easy a country to go to as Poland but we obtained the necessary visas and were ready to go.

    The day came when we were to leave from Newark Airport headed for Lviv, Ukraine with a stop in Warsaw. As my brother drove us to the airport I couldn't believe we were really doing this - me and my mother going to Ukraine by ourselves. I was beginning to think this was a crazy idea, as my husband kept telling me, but my excitement quickly drove away my fear.

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