Our Collections

We have been building our library, archival and artifact collections since the 1930s. Our collection includes Ukrainian schoolbooks, records from some prominent Ukrainian Canadians, and extensive textiles, as well as numerous other items. Click HERE to learn more.

The Gift Shop

The Museum's Gift Shop is a popular area for our guests to browse with its large variety of authentic Ukrainian clothing, giftware and books. Whether visitors are from far away or local residents, there is a gift, souvenir or personal item for everyone. Click HERE to learn more.

 
Activity Released
Posted by umc
2017-03-07
Spirituality can have many perspectives. It includes recognition of a sense of belonging and a connection to something or someone much greater than ourselves or other earthly entities. It involves a search for the meaning of life on earth and in the hereafter. Being in touch with one's own divine self is a universal quest that humankind has been pursuing since before the world saw organized religion.

With the advent of belief systems, humans felt a need to create tangible objects to express these beliefs and to provide visual reminders. Where organized religion encourages certain dogma and accompanying religious memorabilia, spirituality places little importance on collective intellectual pursuits or objects; it is concerned with personal interpretation and expression.

Spirituality and faith has been fundamental to Ukrainian people since time immemorial be it by singing ritual songs to celebrate the changing of the seasons, displaying an icon in the most prominent place in a house or erecting a simple cross in a field for divine protection. Upon immigration to a new land, they brought this legacy to the Ukrainian Canadian experience and psyche. This was evident even prior to the building of churches.

Both folk and fine spiritual art comes from the heart and soul of the creator and inspires the individual to seek out their own spirituality in an unending quest for the meaning of life.