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Sofia Rusova

Although the work of Sofia Rusova as an early childhood educator and activist for Ukrainian and women's rights is becoming more well-known, she is still not a household name even among Ukrainians and Ukrainian Americans.

Sofia Lindfors was born in the small village of Oleshnia in Chernihiv gubernia to a Swedish father and French mother. Sofia’s mother died of tuberculosis, and the remaining family moved to Kyiv when Sofia was ten years old. Five years later, her father died.

Posted: 7 months 3 weeks ago

Lack of English did not stop 20th century Ukrainian immigrants from expressing their appreciation for their new home in the United States.

Posted: 3 years 3 days ago

Sometimes an artwork can represent more than it appears to. This postcard from a century ago has a surprise that connects it to both Ukrainian history and current events.

Posted: 3 years 10 months ago

Objects in museums can speak to people in surprising ways. Dr. Luba Kowalsky was so captivated by an embroidery in a Ukrainian museum that she had to recreate it, and her re-creation is now in the Center's collections so that others can continue to be inspired by it.

Posted: 4 years 4 months ago

When we think of Ukrainian immigrants to the US before World War I, it's the coal mines in Pennsylvania and the big cities of the East and Midwest that spring first to mind. But there was more to it than that.

Posted: 4 years 8 months ago

Unlike the "Christmas Creep" that we have in the US, the traditional Christmas season among Ukrainian Christians has a very definite beginning and end. And it STARTS on Christmas Day!

Posted: 4 years 10 months ago

Information has been used a weapon during conflicts from the Cold War to the recent EuroMaidan protests in Kyiv.

Posted: 5 years 11 months ago

Archival documents can provide literal voices from the past in the form of letters and other documents. This telegram tells a scary tale about religious persecution in the early days of Stalin's regime.

Posted: 6 years 2 months ago

The Joseph Marmash Papers contain a curious letter from somebody named "Alex" in the US Army. Can you help us figure out who Alex was, and help us learn his story?

Posted: 6 years 4 months ago

There are many things that pass through our hands every day that are intended to be thrown away. Individually, these items have relatively little value, but if one assembles a comprehensive collection, then they can suddenly take on significant importance as documentation of a given time, place, or community.

Posted: 6 years 6 months ago

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