On St. Patrick's Day (March 17th), 2017 (ironically enough), the Nashi Predky Ukrainian Genealogy initiative hosted its first-ever online workshop, based on popular demand from many individuals who are not able to travel to New Jersey for our in-person conferences.
On March 19, 2017, the Center opened its latest exhibit in its Library Gallery, entitled "Petrykivka Spring" to an audience of nearly 70 visitors. It presents the artwork and the history of the Petrykivka folk art tradition, which in 2013 was added to the list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
On February 24th and 25th, an international conference dedicated to the history of the period of Ukrainian statehood in 1917-1921 took place at the Columbia University under the auspices of the Ukrainian Studies Program at the Harriman Institute. Although not one of the speakers, the Center's archivist Dr. Michael Andrec took part in the conference, which included our friend and colleague from the Cleveland Ukrainian Museum-Archives Andrew Fedynsky and scholars from throughout the U.S., Canada, and Ukraine, some of which have made use of the Center's archival resources.
On February 4, 2017, the Center in conjunction with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA presented a screening of the film "Freedom or Death" by Damian Kolodiy together with a solemn commemoration of the anniversary of the Euromaidan Protests and the "Heavenly Hundred" who perished in the protests. A memorial Litia was celebrated by His Eminence Archbishop-Elect Daniel and local clergy, with responses sung by students of St. Sophia Seminary. A historical exhibit was also curated by the Center, including artifacts and photographs from the Maidan.
On Sunday afternoon, December 18th, 2016, Saint Nicholas visited the children and families gathered at the Heinrich Fisher Home. He was greeted with the traditional Ukrainian carol "O, khto, khto, Mykolaia Liubyt’" ( "Children who love dear St. Nicholas"). St. Nicholas met with each child and rewarded them for their good behavior throughout the year by presenting a goodie bag filled with treats and toys.
On November 12, 2016, students from St. Andrew Ukrainian School, Somerset, NJ visited the exhibit "From Social Realism to Church Art" of works by Nicholas Bervinchak. Archivist Dr. Michael Andrec used the Bervinchak's etchings to explore the lives of Ukrainian American immigrants in the early 20th century. This made a personal connection for the students, many of whom are themselves immigrants from Ukraine, or are children of recent immigrants.
From October 2016 through January 2017, the Center presents the exhibit "From Social Realism to Church Art: The Work of the Ukrainian-Lemko Artist Nicholas Bervinchak", which for the first time Bervinchak’s secular artworks were shown together with large-scale examples of his church art.
On November 4-5, 2016, the Nashi Predky – Our Ancestors - Family History Group at the Ukrainian Historical and Educational Center of New Jersey held its third annual fall conference: “Research Essentials: Combining the Basics with 21st Century Technology” at the Ukrainian Cultural Center located at 135 Davidson Ave. in Somerset, NJ 08873. Speakers included nationally known experts in Eastern European genealogy.