the connecticut ukrainian american historical society
The history of Ukraine has been marked by countless periods of foreign domination, forced influences, and oppression. Yet, throughout centuries of struggle, the Ukrainian people have managed to create and maintain an identity that is unique.
This spirit of preservation and proliferation is at the heart of the Ukrainian Heritage
Center of New Haven, Conn. Beginning with a small collection of photographs gathered
to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Saint Michael's Ukrainian Catholic Church, the
Center has now grown to seven exhibition rooms, which include an outstanding collection
of artistic artifacts, historical documents, and literary resources that serve not
only to preserve a culture but also to help that culture fluorish by sharing it with
the people of the United States.
Since its opening in 1984, the Center has hosted visitors from Ukraine, including scholars and politicians, as well as numerous students from Connecticut and beyond in search of resources for research topics as diverse as folk dance, costuming, and iconography. Artifacts from the Center have been incorporated into traveling exhibits, spreading the rich Ukrainian culture to people who might otherwise never have this opportunity to learn.
The Center gained national attention for its efforts in the Benchmark Books Educational
Series, as well as through a feature article in the New York Times.