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Association of American Youth of Ukrainian Descent

Association of American Youth of Ukrainian Descent Club Button Museum
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Association of American Youth of Ukrainian Descent back Club Button Museum
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15ти ліття 1950 1965 ФАУМ
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Illustration has yellow text on a blue background. Button reads "15th anniversary" in Ukrainian at the top, and the years 1950 (left) and 1965 (right). The acronym ФАУМ sits in a curl below the center symbol.

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The Association of American Youth of Ukrainian Descent, in Ukrainian : Обє'дення Демократичної  Української
Молоді О.Д.У.М, was founded in 1950 by Ukrainian immigrants who had escaped Ukraine during WW2. Founding members were those who were placed in work camps and displaced persons camps in Germany and immigrated to the USA & Canada. The organization is still active to this day with descendants of the original members.  Branches are still strong in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Detroit, Chicago & Toronto. The organization has held youth summer camps held each year, including counselor camps, music camps, sports camps and recreational camps, since 1962.

The center symbol in the image is the Ukrainian coat of arms. Before World War II, 98 percent of Ukrainian Americans settled in the northeastern United States. Nearly 80,000 post-World War II Ukrainian refugees also settled in Canada and the United States.

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Rewakowicz, Maria. (2015, August 20). University of Washington Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures. Message posted to Facebook.

Smyk, S. (2021). Button Museum Contact [Email].

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CL0240
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