Department of Western Ukraine Lands History and Ukrainian Diaspora

    Address:Rynok Sq., 4, The Black House
    Phone:+38 (032) 297-53-67 (162)
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    Department of Western Ukraine Lands History

    The third floor of the Black House (Rynok Sq., 4) holds the exposition of the Department of Western Ukraine Lands in the 2nd half of the 19th – 20th centuries, opening of which took place in January 1995. In the exhibition halls of the Department the materials revealing history of our region in 1914 – 1941are represented.

    Leitmotif of the exhibition is the struggle for realization of nation ideas in all areas of historical existence of Ukrainian people.

    Many museum exhibits show the battle way of USS (Ukrainian Sich Riflemen) Legion - Ukrainian military formation during the World War II.

    Photos and documents, weapons of riflemen, pictures of O. Kurylas and L. Medvid enlarge emotional perception of contemporary events.

    A significant place in the museum exhibition is devoted to the exhibits related to the events of the national liberation revolution in Ukraine during 1917 - 1921 (examples of contemporary weapons, reconstructions of military uniforms of UGA and UNR Army, battle tachanka, documents and banknotes of UNR).

    Separate expositional complexes reflect socio-political processes that took place in 20-30s of the last century on these territories. Among them there are: documents of political parties and associations, honors of the associations “Prosvita” and “Ridna Shkola”, rare books, sheets music of works of famous Ukrainian composers, theater clothing of Ukrainian stage luminaries, and examples of Lviv enterprises products.

    The exhibition represents museum exhibits reflecting tragic events of 1939 - 1941 in western Ukraine: weapons of German and Poland war, photographs and documents that are the evidences of repressive policy of the Bolshevik regime. The basis of the exhibition art design is the idea of ​​reflecting the streets of Lviv making the showcases look like old Lviv gates and the podiums – like city cobblestones.

    Exposition exhibits help the visitors not only to understand the historical processes that took place at Western Ukrainian lands during the interwar period, but also to value national and liberation movement on the other territory of Ukraine from the point of view of Lviv.

    Department of History of Ukrainian Diaspora

    The first major wave of immigration had been lasting since 1891 until 1920 and therefore mainly Galician peasantry started to immigrate. Photos and documents, clothing and household items used by first settlers, expand the idea of the first steps of Galician peasants in the countries of their settlement.

    The second wave of emigration (1920-1939) covered Ukrainian political, scientific and artistic elite. In this section we focus on specific aspects of Ukrainian political leaders and Ukrainian scientific institutions actions. Among the exhibits covering this topic particularly interesting are original letters of the President of the West Ukrainian People's Republic (WUPR) E. Petrushevych, passport of WUPR period, diploma from Charles University (Prague). The exhibition is finished with the number of documents, photographs and printed materials that shows life and work of the Ukrainian people in the camps of DP (displaced persons).

    More widely and variously is represented the third (post-war) wave of emigration. Numerous museum exhibits introduces the visitors to the different genres of painting and literature, to the work of scientific, religious and civic organizations. The exhibition represents the works by famous painters: E. Kozak, A. Synytar, P. Lopata, Ya. Krehovetsky, A. Babych, Yu. Skorupskyetc. Literature is represented by the works of Ye. Malanyuk, T. Osmachka, Yu. Klen, E. Kozak, I. Kachurovsky, B. Oleksandriv.

    Spiritual life of Ukrainian Diaspora can be traced through the prism of correspondence of Cardinal Josyf Slipyj. A striking addition to the theme is the clothes of the priest I. Shevtsiv from Australia, in which the priest, along with John Paul II celebrated the Mass in Lviv in 2001.

    Among the museum exhibits covering social work, special attention is paid to the reconstruction of Ukrainian women's clothing from the Kyiv Rus period (9th century) to the Hetman one (18th century), made in New York by a group Union of Ukrainian Women and also to the elements of uniforms of Ukrainian youth organizations in America “Plast” and SUM (Union of Ukrainian Youth).

    Items collected in the exposure helps to understand better that the Ukrainians living outside Ukraine is an important branch of the Ukrainian nation which enriches the treasury of our shared history, science, culture and art.

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