The birds on this pysanka (Ukrainian decorated Easter egg) are strong and serious animals, not "tweety-birds" or baby chicks. They have no-nonsense beaks and big claws. In fact, they're almost scary-looking.

A Ukrainian-American Girl Scout in 1925.

Narbut played a major role in the independent Ukrainian nation of 1917-1920: he designed the new country's stamps and paper money, as well as this hand-lettered certificate.

January 19th is the Eastern Christian feast day of the Theophany (according to the Julian Calender). In Ukraine, it was traditionally celebrated by a procession from the church to a river or stream, where a hole would be cut through the ice and the water would be blessed. Wherever they were in the world, Ukrainians tried to maintain this tradition, even in the extreme conditions of the post-WWII refugee camps.

Instrument made in 1930s Kyiv and owned by the notable Ukrainian musician.

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In honor of the High Holy Days, here are some photographs (likely from the 1920s) of the synagogue in Yaryshiv, Ukraine.

Today in 1580 the earliest Slavonic Bible printed with movable type was published in the Ukrainian city of Ostroh. Our rare book collection has an Ostroh Bible from the 1581 edition bound in brown leather carved with elaborate floral motifs.

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