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One of the aims of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada, formed in 1926, was to preserve the embroidery, weaving and folk dress of early Ukrainian settlers.  Members of that organization began to collect artifacts, and to exhibit and display them, with the intent to develop appreciation, build public support and preserve this heritage. As a result, the first Ukrainian museum in Canada was established in Saskatoon in 1936.  Subsequently, other provincial museums were created, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Alberta Branch being the first in 1944.  It was the first Ukrainian museum officially formed in Alberta, and has since been awarded Recognized Museum Status, a prestigious designation by the Alberta Museums Association.  Now in its 77th year of operation, it houses thousands of artifacts illustrating many aspects of the cultural heritage of Ukrainians in Canada.

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Religious Items

In the religious display, the red and white rushnyk is of eastern Polissian style. The golden icon is a Pochaivska Bohomaty or a Theotokos of Pochaiv (a monastery in Pochaiv, Ukraine). The large Orthodox cross leaning against the aer is…

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Ukrainian Christmas

This exhibit was displayed at the Ukrainian Pavilion during Heritage Days 2018. The exhibit won first prize for arts and crafts displays.

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Fall / Winter Job Opportunity

The Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Alberta Branch is offering part-time employment to an Office Administrator and Curatorial Assistant for the period October 2022 to March 2023. The position provides valuable, practical experience to individuals who wish to work in the field of Ukrainian heritage in a museum holding a large collection of cultural artifacts.

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Feature: Semenivka Chemise

Part of a woman’s chemise (“dodilna sorochka”) featuring white, red and black satin stitch, a kerchief (“khustka”) with woven red and black geometric design, and a  woven red, green, purple and white belt (“kraika”) all from Semenivka district in northern Chernihiv province.  Semenivka district is the only part of the region formerly known as Starodubshchyna that was not taken over by Russia.  It is known for its Ukrainian kozak history and its kozak baroque architecture

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