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. New content is being added on a continuing basis, so please check back.


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This fascinating photograph captures a significant part of what the UHEC is about: it tells the stories of Ukrainian immigration to the United States, the lives of those immigrants here, the Ukrainian American communities and organizations (both religious and secular) that they formed, and their interactions with the wider American society.

Posted: January 31, 2022

After living in Prague as a refugee, Oleksii Balabas and his family endured a second war and were displaced yet again. Oleksii finally resettled in the United States, where life was not easy, as can be seen in this heartbreaking letter.

Posted: January 24, 2022

Learn how a Ukrainian refugee family in Prague took advantage of opportunities to further their education, as told through coursework registers and other documents.

Posted: January 24, 2022

Antimensia are liturgical textiles that not only have religious importance and artistic interest, but also can be read as historical documents. These examples from the permanent collection of the UHEC and are part of the exhibition "Autonomy Lost and Regained: The Ukrainian Orthodox Metropolia of Kyiv, 1633-2019” through Spring 2022 at the UHEC Library Gallery and online on


Posted: November 15, 2021
Study for the Vasyl' Lypkivs'kyi monument by Petro Kapschutschenko

Around 1980, an effort began to erect a monument to Metropolitan Vasyl' Lypkivs'kyi, the spiritual leader of the 1921 Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church. The Ukrainian sculptor Petro Kapschutschenko was chosen to design the monument. In the course of his work, he created numerous small terra cotta studies that document his artistic choices and thought process.

Posted: October 25, 2021

Nearly 100 years ago, the Ukrainian artist, architect, and ethnographer Konstantyn Moshchenko went beyond simply making two-dimensional reproductions of the patterns of the Ukrainian wax-resist decorated eggs known as pysanky, but he created original miniature artworks inspired by those patters. Hear master pysanka artist and scholar Sofika Zielyk talk about these fascinating watercolors.

Posted: March 22, 2021
Embroidered portrait of Taras Shevchenko

It’s hard to overstate the impact that Taras Shevchenko has had on Ukrainians. As a writer, visual artist, and political figure, his work is a cornerstone of Ukrainian national conciousness, and his poetry formed the basis of Ukrainian literature and the modern Ukrainian literary language.

Explore how the face of Ukraine's national poet Taras Shevchenko, whether in folk art, fine art, embroidery, or other objects, has become a fixture of Ukrainian American identity.


Posted: March 8, 2021

This slideshow features items from the scene of the protest that tell a tiny part the story of those protestors who braved the cold winter weather in downtown Kyiv to demand a better future.

Posted: February 22, 2021

Perhaps one of the most interesting historical detective stories to be prompted by an item from the UHEC’s collections has been that of a mysterious letter written by a young man named “Alex” serving in the United States Army in post-World War II Germany.

Posted: November 11, 2020
Portrait of Anna Sten by Nicholas Bervinchak

While he is not a household name even among Ukrainian Americans, Nicholas Bervinchak was an important painter and print maker in the American Regionalist and Social Realist style, as well as a church muralist in the heavily Western-influenced Byzantine style popular among immigrants from Austria-Hungary in the early 20th century.

In this video, guest speaker Michael Buryk tells not only the story of Bervinchak, but also one of more unusual works: a portrait of the Kyiv-born Hollywood movie actress Anna Sten, who starred in several films in the 1930s.


Posted: October 19, 2020