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History of the Museum

The Ukrainian American Archives and Museum was founded in 1958 by Mr. Roman Dacko and his wife Ivanka. Upon their arrival to Michigan after World War II, they purchased an imposing building across the street from the Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church in Hamtramck, MI. Mr. Dacko began collecting Ukrainian folk art, paintings, ceramics, medals, memorabilia, historical documents, books, and photographs. 


Upon their passing, the Museum incorporated as a non-profit 501-C and a Board of Directors was formed. The location proved to be inadequate for the Museum’s increasing collections and planned events. A larger three-level building, which offered more visibility, was purchased on the main street of Hamtramck. This allowed for expanded exhibits and programs suitable for a diverse audience. 

The Ukrainian American Archives and Museum is committed to preserving its valuable archives, collection of folk art, library, and fine art, by offering tours, lectures, concerts, exhibits, catalogs, and workshops. Foremost, it is a research and educational center on the Ukrainian immigration to Michigan and their contributions to the United States.

We are members of:

  • American Association of Museums

  • American Association for State & Local History

  • Michigan Non-Profit Association

  • Ukrainian Heritage Consortium of North America




Dr. Alexander Lebedovych

Vice President 

Donna Belgan


Martha Hnatiuk


Dr. Andrew Dzul


Dr. Lydia Baltarowich

Stephen Pobutsky

Marta Sobko

Alexander Tolksdorf

Donna Voronovich



Dr. Olena Danylyuk

Bohdan Florchuk

Sophie Koshiw


Executive Director

Olga Liskiwskyi

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