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Trunk Tales: 


Finding home ... leaving home ... 

April 29, 2017 to April 29, 2018



In celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch launched Trunk Tales: Leaving home ... finding home, a major exhibition chronicling Ukrainian immigration to Canada beginning in the late 1800s.  

Trunk Tales was three years in the making, and tells the poignant stories of a representation of the courageous Ukrainians driven to leave their homeland to seek freedom and opportunity in Canada. The exhibition revolves around four trunks brought over four major periods of immigration, and includes artifacts, photographs and documents. Each trunk has its own fascinating history of hardship, loss, hope and ultimately  joy found in a new land. Museum visitors can also view video recordings of recollections told first-hand by immigrants themselves or by their descendants. 

Trunk Tales: Leaving home ... finding home runs to April 29, 2018. 


Song of Leaving Gala  

Saturday September 30, 2017

By Gregory Hamara

2017 met 1976 on September 30 inside the St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre in Oakville, Ontario, when a capacity audience of 280 was left dazzled by a re-imagined staging of Song of Leavinga suitcase full of dreams, the award-winning musical production that told the story of Ukrainian immigration to western Canada at the turn of the 20th century.


The Trunk Tales: Leaving home ... finding home workshops were designed to complement our exhibition. To purchase tickets in advance, please call 416-923-9861.

October 21, 2017
Care of Textile Heirlooms
Elizabeth Griffin

November 18, 2017
Gerdan Making
Maria Rypan

March 24, 2017
Culinary Demonstration and Tasting
Chef Anne Yarymowich


The Trunk Tales: Leaving home ... finding home workshops were designed to complement our exhibition. To purchase tickets in advance, please call 416-923-9861.

June 28, 2017
Heroes of Their Day: Canada's Ukrainians in War
Vic Stantzewich

October 18, 2017
Living and Growing Up in the DP Camps
Oksana Brezhun-Sokolyk, Prof. Jurij Darewych, Halyna Junyk and Iroida Lebid-Wynnyckyj
Moderator: Prof. Frank Sysyn

January 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.
The Ukrainian Diaspora Community in Canada
Prof. Vic Satzewich


Upcoming  Exhibitions 


Treasures Rediscovered and Shared:
In Grandmother's Footsteps ... and Beyond

Date: Thursday, May 31, 2018 - Thursday, September 27, 2018

Savella Stechishin, Order of Canada recipient, has been described as an "ethno-cultural social maternal feminist" and a "Ukrainian Canadian Julia Child." This new exhibit shares family artifacts and tells the story of how her influence on granddaughter Danovia Stechishin and grandson John Stech inspired the successes in their respective careers.

This exhibit will include special opening and closing events, and a series of lectures and workshops.  

A Century of Service: Celebrating the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada, Eastern Eparchy

Date: Thursday, October 25, 2018 - Thursday, February 28, 2019

Ukrainians began immigrating to Canada as early as the 1880s from a society where church was an integral part of daily life. Of necessity, the initial years in a new land were devoted to basic survival, but by 1918, after almost 25 years of Ukrainian settlement in Canada, the Ukrainian Canadian community became strong enough financially and organizationally to respond to the spiritual, social and cultural needs of its members. That year, Ukrainians established the church of their forefathers in their new homeland, thereby contributing to Canada’s developing cultural fabric.  

In 2018, the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch will recognize the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.

Our educational exhibit will highlight the cultural and material heritage of the Eastern Eparchy churches in Ontario and Quebec, including their sacred textiles and embroideries, distinctive architecture, music of worship and celebration, icons and iconography, and the economic and community-building impact the churches and their halls have had within their geographic areas. 

This exhibit, suitable for all ages, will include educational programs for school and community groups.

Past  Exhibitions 

Exhibitions at the Ukrainian Museum of Canada, Ontario Branch reflect the cultural and historic heritage of Canadians of Ukrainian descent, as well as their contribution to the Canadian mosaic.

  • Ancient•Contemporary: Symbolic Forms of Ukrainian Tradition (2016-2017)
  • For our Children (2016)
  • Diverse yet United, Part 2 (2015)
  • Diverse yet United, Part 1 (2014)
  • Mamyna Sorochka (2014)
  • The Art of Revolution (2014)
  • Christ is Born (2011-2012)
  • All that Matters … The Art of Ivaan Kutulsky in Retrospect (2009)
  • At Home With Heritage (2007-2008)
  • Three for Three
  • The Story Strings Tell (2005-2006)
  • Sorochka: Seasons of the Year, Seasons of Life (2001)
  • Kylyms of Ukraine (1998-1999)
  • Legacy of Trypillia
  • Ukrainian Pioneer Furniture (1992-1993)