Stories from Storage

Not even the biggest museums can put all of their collections on display at once. The UHEC's currently very limited gallery space makes this challenge even more extreme. The situation is even worse for archives, which can easily have millions of individual documents in their repository.

In "Stories from Storage", we show how individual museum items or archival documents held by the UHEC can illuminate the history, culture, art, and religious beliefs of Ukrainians in Ukraine and the diaspora. We will continue to add blog post content, as well as video podcasts and other media, in the coming months.


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Portrait of Yukhym Mykhailiv

It may be a bit strange to present works that are hanging on a gallery wall in a series called “Stories from Storage”. However, this exhibition opened in the fall of 2019, and because of COVID-19, it has effectively been “in storage” since the beginning of April 2020. Here is your chance to get an overview of this groundbreaking exhibition of more than 30 rarely-seen works of Yukhym Mykhailiv (1885-1935)—one of the most undeservedly obscure Ukrainian artists of the 20th century—even though the UHEC's facilities are still closed at the time of this writing (in July 2020).

Posted: July 13, 2020
Sofia Rusova

The major featured item in the UHEC's 2018 exhibition "Cultural Identity to Statehood: Ukraine 1917-1921" was a greeting addressed to the UNR Directorate hand-lettered by Heorhii Narbut and signed by the workers of the Ministry of Art and Education. Among the many pages of signatures are those of important and famous scholars and leaders, one of the most intriguing is that of Sofia Rusova.

Posted: March 20, 2019

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

Posted: November 8, 2016

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: December 21, 2015

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: July 15, 2015

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: March 5, 2015

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: December 26, 2014

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

Posted: December 11, 2013

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: August 19, 2013

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: June 21, 2013