EU helps to tell history of Ostroh in modern way

Today, we will tell you about Windows of Stories – one of the projects which the team of The Ostrogski Princes Brotherhood civil society organization was able to implement in the difficult year 2020. Today, the tranquil Polish interwar period in Anastasia Pashkovska’s recollections, a tragic, difficult and deep story of Josyp Halytskyi and the Ostroh Ghetto, or Anatolii Heleniuk’s warm childhood recollections about “old” Ostroh can be lived through in Ostroh thanks to modern technologies.

Windows of Stories is a project designed to tell the turbulent history of 20th-century Ostroh via recollections of people who lived, studied, or served in the military there. Five installations, which use audio records, old photographs and QR codes to return voice to very personal stories and emotions of eight persons who spent a certain period of their life in Ostroh, found their place in chronological order in walled windows of urban space along Prospekt Nezalezhnosti (from the House of Schoolchild to Marchad’s House).

Eight stories are offered to listeners, who can choose any of them.

We, however, recommend that you find time and energy to walk along the entire route of Windows of Stories or at least listen to them on portal, where they are freely available.

By the way, The Ostrogski Princes Brotherhood took care about your comfortable stroll, offering at Ostroh Tourist Information Center free tourist maps with marked locations of the “windows”.

This project became a huge discovery not only for the city’s residents but also for us as a team. The use of a new format – an audio track – to tell stories, research of new, previously unexplored topics, search for personal relation/parallel with the history of one’s own family. I wish, and truly believe that this project, recollections and stories will resonate in the hearts of Ostroh citizens and visitors to the city,

 coauthor Anastasia Drachuk said.

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By the way, this project became the result of a series of trainings in efficient management of cultural heritage, organized by ReHerit “Common responsibility for common heritage” project with financial support from the European Union. At the end of training, the teams received an opportunity to participate in a contest of mini grants. The project of Ostroh team became one of the contest’s winners and received financial support to implement their concept.

– We hesitated for a while, undecided as to what idea and topic to choose, but after consulting with the program’s coaches and discussing among ourselves, we decided to try to present the difficult and tragic history of the last century’s city. And after the project has been implemented, I can tell you that it was a good decision,

the project’s coauthor Andrii Bryzhuk said.

The Ostrogski Princes Brotherhood civil society organization was established in 2012 by an initiative group formed around the Ostroh Academy’s History Museum. Since then, the organization’s members went a long way, both personal and professional; more people joined them, dreams became projects and experimental evening tours became regular.

Source: 7 Dniv