The Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center (UHSC) was established in 1977 to preserve, promote, and perpetuate Ukrainian culture and traditions through educational and cultural programs. In addition to a folk art collection, the UHSC maintains an extensive Ukrainian library and archives.
Folk Art Collection
The collection includes gerdany (beadwork), embroidery, pysanky (decorated eggs), pottery, leather work, wood work, ceramics, and woven items from many different regions in Ukraine. Some of the items have been reproduced by master traditional artists from pictures or old originals that are deteriorating and in danger of being lost forever.
The UHSC is also collecting pictures of folk art from people who are not willing to part with the item but would like to share designs and patterns. Pictures of Ritual Breads (Korovai, Pasky etc.) are greatly appreciated since these items are highly perishable.
The UHSC Ukrainian Library houses a collection of many rare artifacts along with a collection of over 5,000 volumes of Ukrainian books. A video loan library is also available for teachers and organizations.
The Ukrainian Heritage Museum
The Ukrainian Heritage Museum is an on-campus museum is dedicated to preserving Ukrainian artifacts and culture. The museum is part of the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center.
The renovations to the Ukrainian Heritage Museum was made possible due to significant contributions of Leonard & Helen Mazur, Dr. Barbara Zajak and the Ukrainian Catholic Foundation. The museum has a new design from floor to ceiling which includes beautiful lighting, a handmade Ukrainian stove, crystal clear showcases a welcoming layout and is home to a new exhibit, the Maria Mazur Gallery. The Maria Mazur Gallery is a exquisite, handmade pysanky gallery crafted by Leonard Mazur’s mother, Maria Mazur. All are invited to come and explore the Ukrainian Heritage Museum; please call 215 -885-2360 to make an appointment.
Meet the Curator of the Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center, Chrystyna Prokopovych, by listening to this podcast.
The UHSC in conjunction with Manor’s Adult & Continuing Education department conducts active outreach programs through tours of the folk art collection, workshops, presentations, and traveling demonstrations for various community organizations, schools, and festivals. Workshops in pysanky provide an opportunity to learn about Ukrainian traditions while creating a pysanky using the ancient techniques. For further information or to schedule a presentation contact email@example.com or call 215-885-2360 ext. 293
Artifact of the Month
Each month Chrystyna Prokopovych, Curator of the Manor College Ukrainian Heritage Studies Center & Museum features an item or collection to celebrate and honor Ukrainian culture and tradition.
Watch the series below: