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There are many things that pass through our hands every day that are intended to be thrown away. Individually, these items have relatively little value, but if one assembles a comprehensive collection, then they can suddenly take on significant importance as documentation of a given time, place, or community.

Posted: 7 years 2 months ago

Seemingly dry and boring parish records such as ledger books and meeting minutes can sometimes hide surprising historical facts.

Posted: 7 years 4 months ago

Two letters sent to an Ukrainian exile in 1933 provide a first-hand account of the artificial famine in Kuban'.

Posted: 7 years 7 months ago

We in the West have gotten used to the idea that farmhouses are physically separate from the "barn", where livestock and grain are kept. This was not the case for traditional village houses in Ukraine.

Posted: 7 years 9 months ago

In the 1930s, the anti-religious zeal of the Communist government resulted in the destruction of architectural masterpieces. Today, it is capitalist development.

Posted: 8 years 3 weeks ago

The birds on this pysanka (Ukrainian decorated Easter egg) are strong and serious animals, not "tweety-birds" or baby chicks. They have no-nonsense beaks and big claws. In fact, they're almost scary-looking.

Posted: 8 years 3 months ago

What can we learn about the prehistory of the residents of present-day Ukraine from a scholarly analysis of the Ukrainian word for "sausage"? Not much, probably, but that didn't stop one person from trying...

Posted: 8 years 4 months ago

The UkrHEC archives have a letter written by Danylo Skoropads'kyi (son of Het'man Pavlo Skoropads'kyi) in 1946 offering his contacts with high-level individuals in the Church of England to assist the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church to obtain help for Ukrainian refugees, particularly students.

Posted: 8 years 4 months ago

A Ukrainian-American Girl Scout in 1925.

Posted: 8 years 5 months ago

Narbut played a major role in the independent Ukrainian nation of 1917-1920: he designed the new country's stamps and paper money, as well as this hand-lettered certificate.

Posted: 8 years 5 months ago

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