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Ukrainian Cultural Institute

1221 W. Villard
Dickinson  North Dakota  58602
United States
(701) 483-1486

Midwest Living Review

Beth Schatz Kaylor
Learn about the tiny treasures called pysanky at this small museum devoted to educating visitors about Ukrainian art and culture.

The Ukrainian Cultural Institute is in a rather unremarkable building in an industrial section of downtown Dickinson. The faded sign out front suggests the place has seen better days and better funding. Inside, the decor isn't much of an improvement, looking more like a VFW hall than a museum because of a cafeteria-style kitchen in the back and old tables scattered around for meetings.

Despite its humble appearance, this under-the-radar cultural center is worth a stop, if only to learn about the intricately designed Ukrainian Easter eggs called pysanky. Traditionally kept in Ukrainian homes to capture evil spirits, pysanky are still made in teh wax-resist method by some of the locals. Visitors can buy new pysanky in the gift shop, but the quality doesn't come close to the eggs on display that have been painted by older generations. Ask to view the informative 15-minute video about pysanky production, and pick up some homemade varenyky on the way out, tasty cottage cheese-filled dumplings fried in butter and served with maple syrup.

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