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Our Museum

The purpose of the Museum is to :

- Educate and inform the general public about the culture, art, and history of Ukrainians.

- Document the Ukrainian immigration to the United States and the contributions of Americans of Ukrainian descent to America.

- Engage in research in these areas and maintain archives for the deposit of documents and other records relating to these topics.

- Acquire, preserve, exhibit artifacts of artistic, historical, and scientific value relating to these subjects.

- Sponsor public programs in order to study and preserve the heritage of Ukrainian Americans.

About 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 He started to collect folklore, paintings, ceramics, historical documents, books and photographs.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. 

The exhibit A Cultural Thread: The Enduring Ukrainian Spirit was held at the Detroit Historical Museum in 2013, in conjunction with the Detroit Historical Society.

Our collection contains valuable Ukrainian immigration archives and a library of 20,000 books.

We are members of :

  • Preservation Wayne
  • Michigan Non-Profit Association
  • Historical Society of Michigan
  • Ukrainian American Chamber of Commerce of S.E. Michigan

History of Museum:

 

UAAM is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.