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24 Dec 2015

Plans to erect monument to Louise Arner Boyd in Pinsk District

BREST, 24 December (BelTA) – Pinsk District of Belarus’ Brest Oblast is implementing a tourism project themed around the journey of American traveler Louise Arner Boyd across the Belarusian Polesye, BelTA learned from deputy head of the department for education, sports, and tourism at the Pinsk District Executive Committee Yuri Kisel.

The project is implemented with the support of the Department for Humanitarian Activities of the Property Management Directorate of the President of Belarus, the U.S. Embassy in Belarus, and the Pinsk District Executive Committee. One of the ideas suggested as part of the project is to erect a monument near the Yakub Kolas Museum in the village of Pinkovichi. The monument will depict the route of the journey across the Belarusian Polesye that Louise Arner Boyd made in 1934. The monument has already been designed. It is expected to be erected in spring 2016.

The photo album Louise Arner Boyd’s Polesye was published in 2015 as part of the project. A documentary of the same name was shot. A number of car and bicycle routes were developed. Tourists are invited to repeat the journey of the American traveler. The journey will start with a tour of Pinsk and continue through a wildlife reserve.

Louise Arner Boyd was an American traveler and explorer of Greenland and the Arctic. Thanks to her adventures, reporters nicknamed her “the Ice Woman.” In 1934 she made an expedition trip to the Belarusian Polesye and took more than 700 photos of rivers, lakes, marshes, and people. Today the photos are important historical and ethnographic documents.

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