The Ukrainian History and Education Center condemns Russia’s unprovoked, unjustified, and unlawful war against Ukraine. It is a violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Our hearts and prayers are with the people in Ukraine in these trying days, particularly with our museum and archives colleagues, the in-person and remote researchers whom we have assisted, and the artists and other professionals who have taken part in our events. Many of these individuals reside very close to the current war zones.
Today, Vladimir Putin, the president of the Russian Federation, gave a speech that clearly demonstrated what the current crisis is fundamentally about. It’s not about Europe. It’s not even really about NATO or perceived threats to Russian security. It’s about the legitimacy of Ukraine as a nation, and it’s about two radically different accounts of history. This is nothing new. We call on all people and nations of goodwill to stand with Ukraine at this dangerous time so that history will not repeat itself.
Today, February 28, 2021 is the 100th birthday of Ms. Irene Cehelsky, the long-time curator of the Museum of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, now the Patriarch Mstyslav Museum of the Ukrainian History and Education Center. Here are some clips from a video about the museum that she made in the late 1990s.
The current leadership and staff of the UHEC owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to Ms. Cehelsky's work in the early decades of the museum. We wish her good health and all the best!
Since COVID-19 won’t let us meet in person in 2020 to trim the UHEC Christmas trees and sing carols, we thought we could still share the holiday fun and bring everyone together virtually. We would love to share your video Christmas/Holiday/New Years greetings with the UHEC community during that virtual fundraiser.
Please send us a video clip with your greeting!
It should be no longer than 20 seconds with 2 seconds pause at the beginning and end of your greeting. The deadline is December 12, 2020.
Although this year we are celebrating the 29th anniversary of the independence of the current Ukrainian state, the struggle for Ukrainian independence has been going on for well over a century.
The UHEC's "Stories from Storage" series this month has been featuring the theme of Ukrainian independence. We invite you to view the videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel, and download an activities packet for your kids (or grandkids)!
The first "pilot run" of the collaboration between the UHEC and the Department of Ukrainian History at Dnipro National University has been completed with great success. Sixteen students created time-coded subject annotations and other access points to more than 60 radio programs, interviews, live events, speeches, and other historical audio recordings digitized by the UHEC archives.