Photographer Captures Vanishing Romanian Peasant Life

Photos and Stories from “The Color of Hay; The Peasants of Maramureş”

The Maramureş Valley in Northern Romania is so remote that generations of peasant farming practices remained intact.  As modern amenities like cable TV began to reach the region, Kathleen Laraia McLaughlin documented how the people changed.   On December 15, McLaughlin will share her experience and photographs from her book, “The Color of Hay; The Peasants of Maramureş” at the Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library

The Color of Hay photo"Change is becoming woven into the generations,” said McLaughlin. "Though peasants desire some changes – a washing machine can actually save a grandma’s life if it keeps her from falling in the river while washing clothes –they also appreciated having the memories of their traditional lives preserved."

“The Color of Hay; The Peasants of Maramureş” captures Romanian history and a culture in transition in a book that includes photographs essays, poems, proverbs, ghost stories, and songs.

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. A book signing will follow the program.  The Cleveland Park Neighborhood Library is located at 3310 Connecticut Ave., N.W. near the Cleveland Park Metro Station. For more information, please call (202) 282-3080.