History of the Museum
The museum was founded 1958 in Hamtramck in a building that formerly was a bank on Woodward Avenue in Detroit. The structure was moved to Hamtramck and placed on the corner of Commor and Charest Street across from Immaculate Conception Church. Later the structure was purchased by Mr. Roman Dacko and his wife, Ivanka, who arrived here after World War II. He started to collect folklore, paintings, ceramics, historical documents, books and photographs.
In 1978 the Ukrainian Museum was also located at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Warren and had two active volunteers, Mrs. Irene Zacharkiw and her husband Ostap. Later it was consolidated and moved back to Hamtramck with Dr. Mykola Hryhorczuk as its president and an active elected Board of Directors.
In 2002 the Museum organized a very interesting and rare exhibit of antique Ukrainian ritual cloth from the private collection of Danylo Dmytrykiw. Danylo Dmytrykiw was the executive director of the museum and curator/originator of the Tree Of Life ritual cloth exhibit at that time.
In 2004 the Museum organized a Hutsul Exhibit, an Orange Revolution Exhibit, and a Ukrainian Headdresses and Embroideries exhibit. It has utilized exhibit spaces at the Detroit and Hamtramck Public Libraries, Immaculate Conception School Museum Room and the Hamtramck Museum location.
On June 12, 2005 the Museum organized a retreat at the Detroit Waldorf School with Mr. Jean Yeager of the Antroposophical Society as the facilitator utilizing S.W.O.T. (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis. The results were to work with youth by increasing new technologies, concentrate on historic preservation of our archives, look for larger facility to house them, and increase membership, fund raising and commence grant writing.
Besides Mr. Dacko and Mr. and Mrs. Ostap Zacharkiw, we had other pioneers that had a great vision of an Ukrainian museum in Detroit. In fact, at one time, Mrs. Olha Duzyj, Dr. Valyntyna Sawchuk, Peter Radovick and Mrs. Dzvinka Hayda visited the Detroit Institute of Arts and were in contact with Dr. Frederick Cummings as to the possibility of having a Ukrainian space at the DIA.
We will be eternally grateful to our visionaries like Dr. Paul Dzul, Dr. Antin Zaplitnyj, an attorney and editor, who was actively involved in the early organization of the museum's charter and its by-laws; Dr. George Bachur, Dr. Maritczak, an attorney, T. Kalytovskyj, Jaroslaw Krywej, Dr. Maria Baltarowich and her husband Roman, Dr. Milas Lebedovych, Joseph Chimczuk, Jaroslaw Steciuk, Daniel Rubacha, Ivan Bilous, D. Fodchuk, Dr. Sophia Parfanowych, Joseph Bolovus, Dr. Johannes Dutko, Hryhorij Fill, Dr. Ivan Rozhin, Mr. and Mrs. Krushelnycky, Anastasia Bilovus, Stephanie Korolishin, Mrs. Alice Scott, Daria Pisecka, Jaroslav Zubal, Kalenik Lissiuk, Wasyl Gerych, Wasyl and Mrs. Mackiw, Constatin Welychkowsky, John Panchak, Michael Wichorek, Dr. Roman Smyk, Prof. Michael Smyk, Charles Negrych, Mrs. and Mrs. Mykola Novak, Mykola Ilnycky, Wasyl Manko, Stepan Kikta, Christine Juzych, Omelan Tyshownutskyj, Dr. George Horodylowsky, Joseph Sadyczak, Prof. Daniel Czubatyj, Antin Korbiak Wolodymyr Czubatyj, Dr. Alexander Serafyn, Dmytro Lisowsky, Mr. and Mrs. V. Hrynkiw, Maryn Nowakiwsky, Dr. J. Sawka, Michael Babey, Walter Strychar, Prof. Dr. J. Salecky, Vera Anrushkiw, Mykola Stepanenko, Dr. Lidia Pohoretszky, Ihor and Joanna Menykowych, Mychajlo Ciapa, Mr. Wasyl Ohar. Mr. and Mrs. Ihor Melnykowych, Dr. and Mrs. Slusarchuk, Dr. Geoge Marchak, George Lubiecky, George Bojeczko, M. Wytiahlowsky and many more.
We house our valuable Ukrainian immigration archives and a library containing 20,000 books.
The museum also holds classes in English as a second language, as well as classes in Ukrainian, embroidery, merezhynnya, gerdany, and wreath making in the fall. In the spring, the Museum holds classes in icon painting and pysanky.
We are members of
Welcome to the Ukrainian American Archives & Museum of Detroit
The purpose of the Museum shall be to educate and inform the general public about the culture, art, and history of Ukrainians, their immigration to the United States and the contributions of Americans of Ukrainian descent to America; to engage in research in these areas; to maintain archives for the deposit of documents and other records relating to these topics; to acquire, preserve, exhibit artifacts of artistic, historical, and scientific value relating to these subjects; to sponsor public programs in order to study and preserve the heritage of Ukrainian Americans.
We are located at 11756 Charest St. in Hamtramck, MI.
Tuesday through Fiday
$3.00 per adult
Board of Directors
Mrs. Svitlana Leheta, President
Mrs. Zwenyslava Hayda, Vice President
Mr. Wsewolod Hnatczuk, Secretary
Dr. Andrew Dzul, Treasurer
Dr. Stephan J. Loginsky
Mrs. Sophie Koshiw, CPA, Chairperson
Mrs. Helen Palmer, Member
Chrystyna Nykorak, Executive Director