The Ontario Branch Celebrates its 65th Anniversary!
In the fall of 1944, the Eastern Branch (now Ontario Branch) of the Ukrainian Museum of Canada was formed at the Kn. Olha Branch of the Ukrainian Women’s Association of Canada located at St Volodymyr Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Toronto. After 35 years at that location, the Ontario Branch moved to St Vladimir Institute in 1979 to larger facilities which include an exhibit area and 2 storage rooms.
The founders of the Museum are well known: Jean Wachna, Dorothy Hutsulak-Mandziuk and Kalyna Sakaliuk. The initial small collection they developed has grown to over 4,000 artifacts which include more than 400 embroidered shirts.
Since 1980 the Museum has mounted 30 outstanding thematic exhibits during which its rich collections of historic artifacts have been displayed. In addition, materials from the community have also been exhibited in such displays as Ukrainian Weaving Past and Present (1986); Ukrainian Pioneer Furniture (1992); The Bandura (2004); The John and Mary Yaremko Collection (2008) and most recently, Ivaan Kotulsky in Retrospect (2009).
We celebrate our 65 years of volunteer work with pride. Our mandate to collect, preserve, exhibit, research and teach Ukrainian Canadian heritage is still the prime goal. We look back on our many accomplishments with satisfaction and ahead to a new era of success and achievement with the help Museum members, volunteers and other supporters.
The Museum volunteers meet every Thursday . If you are interested in helping us preserve Canada's Ukrainian culture,please contact us at 416-923-3318 ext.105 on a Thursday morning.