Thelma’s Photo Restoration Story

This photo was taken in one of the Russian Orthodox Cathedrals. They were hard times, and this restored photo reminds me how lucky we are today.

✍🏻 Written by Dr. Laura Whitman from MemoryCherish


“Semyon Nikolayevich Shevchenko was born in Russia to Nikolay Shevchenko and his first wife. After his conversion into the Protestant sect and becoming a preacher, he was exiled with his family to somewhere along the Polish or Lithuanian border.

During times of famine, nothing grew in the fields and gardens, so the Germans living in the area helped feed the family. Still, he and Oksana both died of famine in the early 1900s.

This photo was taken in one of the Russian Orthodox Cathedrals. Having your photo taken was a requirement for membership.

Religion was a serious issue during that time and the protestant movement had to meet privately and secretly to study the Bible. My Mom Doris brought a Russian Bible with her when her family migrated to the United States in 1924.

Sadly to say that the Bible my Mom brought with her on the boat is lost as of May 2020 during our devastating flood here in Midland, MI, USA. There is so much more to the lives of these generations but I’ve written enough for a reading.”

About The Author
Dr. Laura Whitman | MemoryCherish
Dr. Laura Whitman | MemoryCherish

Dr. Laura Whitman is the Head of Education at MemoryCherish, the #1 photo restoration company in the world.

With a PhD in Art History and a specialization in photographic preservation, she brings an unrivaled breadth of knowledge to her role.
Over her 19-year tenure in the field, Dr. Whitman has become a respected authority on topics ranging from photo restoration techniques to historical context and genealogy.

Her work has been recognized by major media outlets such as ABC, NBC, and FOX News, and she has been trusted with collaborations by Adobe. As an educator, she has developed numerous 'how-to' guides and tutorials, making photo restoration accessible to millions.

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