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Olena Anderson points out a map, which designates the regions of Ukraine by the embroidery designs that come from them. (Colton Kemp/

About 15 years ago, the first time Olena Anderson came to the United States, she went to a bar in Kansas and ordered a drink. The bartender noticed her thick accent and asked where she’s from.

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Olena Anderson and her nephew, Junya, stand together after her presentation at the Rice County Historical Museum on Monday. Anderson wears an embroidered dress, which is common in Ukrainian culture. (Colton Kemp/

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Olena Anderson said there is lots of symbolism in Ukrainian embroidery, seen on the sleeve of her dress. (Colton Kemp/

Reach Reporter Colton Kemp at 507-333-3129. © Copyright 2022 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

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