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2022

Taras Szmagala inducted into Cleveland International Hall of Fame

Since 2010, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame (CIHF) has inducted people who have made significant and lasting contributions to our multicultural society. Cleveland is home to people representing about 120 different ethnic groups. The CIHF exists not only to honor those special people but also to inspire a new generation of leaders to follow in their footsteps.

Over 150 worthy candidates were nominated for both the 2020 and 2022 Classes of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame. The selection committee was advised by previously inducted members of the Cleveland International Hall of Fame.

Taras Szmagala was inducted by Andrew Fedynsky.

Taras Szmagala acceptance speech

Taras Szmagala giving his acceptance speech


See photos and videos of Taras Szmagala's induction

Photos and videos of the entire induction ceremony

Photos of some of the sold out crowd


US Senator Rob Portman speaks to Ohio Nationality Leaders about Ukraine

US Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) is without a doubt the most knowledgeable and active US politician regarding Ukraine, Russia, the Baltics and the rest of Eastern Europe. He is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus. He has made several trips to the region, well before and since the Putin invasion. His weekly reports on the Senate floor has helped keep the dire situation in the news. He recently returned from a Congressional Delegation trip to Europe where he visited England, Germany, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine.

The Senator held a call on Friday June 3 with various Nationalities communities and discussed his recent trip and his continued efforts to provide assistance to Ukraine to aid their fight to defeat Russian aggression.

Senator Rob Portman at the Ukraine border

Senator Rob Portman at the Ukraine border

Callers included Marta Kelleher, president of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio, who worried taht "It's not on the front page anymore."

A call came in from Andrew Futey, Honorary Consul of Ukraine for Ohio and Kentucky and appointed by the Foreign Minister of Ukraine. Andy called in from Kiev Ukraine. He told of the Russian missile strikes taking place forcing them to seek cover. He said there is a long way to go with no end in sight.

There will be a fundraiser for Ukraine in Cleveland at Severance Hall on June 25 and Senator Portman will be there. More details to come.

More from Senator Portman's call


Rally for Ukraine and How to Help

There have been numerous rallies and prayer services in Cleveland to support the people of Ukraine.

Here are a few photos from the downtown rally last weekend.

Rally for Ukraine at Cleveland Freestamp

Rally for Ukraine at Cleveland Freestamp

Rally for Ukraine at Cleveland Freestamp

Rally for Ukraine at Cleveland Freestamp

So many of you want to know how to help the people of Ukraine. Dr. Boris Vinogradsky (from the Russian Cultural Garden) writes “A friend of mine, a Ukrainian surgeon in Connecticut organized a plane of supplies to Ukraine. Very simple things like wound dressings, tape, Ibuprofen etc. Nothing fancy. WE MUST HELP AND SAVE UKRAINA, OTHERWISE WE WILL ALL PERISH. We have Cleveland Clinic and UH. I will call both tonight and tomorrow. Putin is evil. Thank you. Boris

A subscriber wrote, “I am in contact with an Etsy seller from whom I bought a Christmas gift. She is from Ukraine. How can I help her individually? They are going to the US consulate tomorrow in Slovakia, where they arrived from Irpin, in an attempt to get a VISA for their baby?” Can you assist?

Margaret W. Wong and her immigration law firm have lots of news about the situation. For example she posted “On March 3, 2022, President Biden announced the designation of Ukraine for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which is granted for citizens whose home country is affected by war, disaster or other extreme conditions, making it unsafe to return. The new designation will allow Ukrainians, who lack permanent status and were physically in the U.S. as of March 1, 2022, to temporarily live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. The designation will last for 18 months, after which the TPS status may expire or be extended, depending on the situation in Ukraine. The Biden administration also announced that all deportation flights to Ukraine, Russia and seven other European countries have been suspended.

The best advice I can give is to work with a reputable organization and be wary of scammers. Here are a few items we received.

The Ukrainian Museum-Archives (UMA Mission: To Preserve and Share Ukrainian Culture and the Immigrant Experience) sent us this St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Request. The team at St. Jude is organizing the evacuation of pediatric cancer patients from Ukraine to the US. They are looking for two categories of helpers:

  1. Volunteers with a biomedical background (science or medical, not necessarily MD) who are fluent in English and can read Cyrillic (Russian, Ukrainian, etc.) and who can cover 1 to 2 6-hour shifts per week to enter new patient data into the patient registry and help facilitate communications with the center command and support teams.
  2. Physicians who speak Ukrainian and English and can support translation of Ukrainian medical records into English (on a flexible schedule, no specific shifts).
If you are interested, please contact: jennifer.mcarthur@stjude.org. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Here are some ways that have been sent to us to help the Ukrainian people. Again, please be careful that you are donating to legitimate organizations that will really help those in need.

Nova Ukraine’s Heart2Heart initiative, which assembles care packages for people in Ukraine.

International Committee of the Red Cross, which will provide humanitarian relief to Ukrainians affected by the conflict.

CARE’s Ukraine Crisis Fund, which aims to provide food, water, hygiene kits, and more to Ukrainians, especially women and girls.

International Medical Corps, which will deploy mobile medical teams to provide emergency and primary health services, including psychosocial services, to conflict-affected Ukrainian communities.

GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which funnels funds to humanitarian support in Ukraine, including shelter, food, and clean water for refugees.

Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian group whose Humanitarian Response Fund is sending emergency cash and supplies to people throughout Ukraine.

Founded on charity, unity and fraternity in 1882, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council recently promised to match every dollar donated to their Ukraine Solidarity Fund up to $500,000; and 100% of donations they collect will go to immediately providing essential items, like food, medical supplies, communications and religious supplies, to displaced people in Ukraine.

Americares, which has deployed an emergency response team to Poland with medical support for Ukrainian refugees.

Catholic Relief Services whose partner Caritas Poland assists Ukrainians crossing into Poland for safety.

World Central Kitchen, which is working to serve fresh meals to Ukrainian refugees, as well as Ukrainians remaining in the country.

Kyiv School of Economics, which is raising money to provide first-aid kits, bulletproof vests, and helmets to Ukrainians on the ground.

Again, these were recommended to us and seem legitimate but please do your own homework before donating.

Slava Ukraini! (Glory to Ukraine)


Rally for Ukraine - St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

Parma Ohio is a suburb of Cleveland that has a large and strong Ukrainian community including an area known as Ukrainian Village. With the atrocities of the criminal invasion of sovereign Ukraine by the madman Putin, the Ukrainian community, friends and supporters gathered to show support on Sunday February 27, 2022. Crowds filled St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral to capacity and the standing room only crowd spilled outside.

Stop Putin sign


Speakers included US Senator Rob Portman and US Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur among others.

See photos and videos of the entire Rally for Ukraine.


Fun with Maps - Ukraine

We had always planned on doing a Fun with Maps episode about Ukraine but due to the tragic current situation we moved it up in order. People are understandably very curious to know more about the country of Ukraine. And yes it is a country. It is not THE Ukraine; it is the country of Ukraine. Using the term THE Ukraine makes it sound like a region of another country as opposed to a sovereign nation.

Ukraine is the second-largest country by area in Europe after Russia, which it borders to the east and north-east. Ukraine also shares borders with Belarus to the north; Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary to the west; Romania and Moldova to the south; and has a coastline along the Sea of Azov and the Black Sea. It spans an area of 233,062 sq. miles with a population of 43.6 million. That makes it the eighth-most populous country in Europe.

We briefly talk about the history of Ukraine including the tragedy at Chernobyl and the Holodomor. We also touch on the great writer Lesya Ukrainka and pysanky Easter eggs.




Statement from the Ukrainian Museum-Archives Cleveland - Feb 24, 2022

Today is the day that we in Ukraine and the diaspora hoped would not happen. Our beloved Ukraine is under attack as we watch helplessly.

Well, we are NOT helpless. Here is what all of us can do:

Call the White House comment line at (202) 456-1111 and leave a respectful message that you support the USA standing up to Putin's aggression. Call or email (or better yet, both) your senators and congressional representative and tell them the same thing. Remember to tell them that you VOTE.

Donate to help the humanitarian organizations at UUARC.org, UCCA.org, and RazomForUkraine.org. Much help will be needed!

Educate your friends. Educate the customer waiting behind you in the line at the grocery store. Educate anyone who asks you what is happening.

EVERY VOICE WILL BE HEARD. #StandWithUkraine


Pray for Ukraine

Our Lady please protect Ukraine

Ukraine is not part of Russia

Ukraine is not part of Russia



Statement from the Ukrainian Museum-Archives Cleveland: Supporting Ukraine

We in the Ukrainian diaspora uneasily watch the events occurring in and around our beloved Ukraine. The Director of the UMA, Andrew Fedynsky, has been interviewed by the local television stations; here are the links to the interviews on Cleveland channels 5 and Ch. 19 , and a link to a Ch 3 interview with UZO Cleveland's Marta Liscynesky-Kelleher.

We must do all we can to support Ukraine. Educate those around you who do not understand why Ukraine's independence is important and who may be forming their opinions watching non-literal commentary on various television networks and social media. Here is a link to an article on the U.S. Department of State website which provides factual information on the Russian disinformation.

We urge all of you to call your U.S. senators and representatives. Tell them you are their constituent, and urge them to support Ukraine in its fight to remain an independent, democratic and peace-loving nation. Encourage them to support legislation that deters Russian aggression against Ukraine. Find your representatives' contact information by visiting https://whoismyrepresentative.com. Enter your zip code and click the submit button, then contact them to express your opinion. This is more important than you may think, as your representative and senators want your vote at election time. Again, we all need to work together to support Ukraine!

Glory to Ukraine!


2021

Holodomor Commemoration at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

Every November, The Cleveland and Parma Ukrainian communities, along with Ukrainian communities and allies around the world, commemorate the victims of the Ukrainian-Famine Genocide of 1932-1933.

Holdomor Memorial at St. Vladimir Orthodox Cathedral

Holodomor Memorial at St. Vladimir Orthodox Cathedral


The United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio, led by President Marta Liscynesky-Kelleher and George Jaskiw, M.D., held a remembrance ceremony on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at the Holodomor Memorial at St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma Ohio.

The program included presentations from youth groups and a service (panakhyda) for the repose of the souls of the deceased led by Bishop Bohdan Danylo of the Ukrainian Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat and Fr. John Nakonachny, Pastor St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral.

Holodomor Church Service at St Vladimir Cathedral

Holodomor Church Service at St Vladimir Cathedral


Photos and Videos of the Holodomor Commemoration at St. Vladimir's


St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma Ohio is located in Ukrainian Village, a vibrant Ukrainian community in Parma Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland.

St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral


Besides the Church itself, there is a monument of the Ukrainian-Famine Genocide of 1932-1933 and a Cultural Center which teaches Ukrainian language and history.

St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral Pastor Fr. John Nakonachny

Pastor Fr. John Nakonachny teaching students


See more of St. Vladimir's Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral


Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2021

Cleveland's Ukrainian community was well-represented at the 75th One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 29, 2021. They marched in the Parade of Flags, celebrated the 30th anniversary of their independence and hosted visitors in their beautiful Ukrainian Cultural Garden.

Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags at One World Day 2021

Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day


See more of the Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day


Welcome Andrew Fedynsky as ClevelandPeople.com Ambassador

Ambassadors to ClevelandPeople.Com are individuals who are outstanding representatives of their culture and heritage. They have demonstrated great dedication to the advancement of their own community and to the greater good of honoring and celebrating other ethnic groups and communities to make our city and region more vibrant.

We are proud to announce that Andrew Fedynsky has become our Ukrainian Ambassador.

Andrew Fedynsky

Andrew Fedynsky


Here is a brief bio. Andy was born to Ukrainian refugee parents in Innsbruck, Austria soon after World War II. His family came to America in 1948 when he was eight months old. They moved to Cleveland in 1954 where he attended public schools, graduating in 1965 from James Ford Rhodes H.S. He attended the University of Notre Dame as an undergraduate, including a year at the University of Innsbruck in the city of his birth.

Following graduation, he became an English teacher and track coach at West Junior H.S. in Cleveland (now Joseph Gallagher). He also became active in the defense of Soviet bloc political prisoners, translating Ukrainian dissident literature, lecturing at universities and civic events, working with Baltic, Jewish, Polish and other human rights groups and as Vice President of Smoloskyp Publishing, editing a human rights magazine.

During summer breaks from his teaching job, his activities included clandestine work with dissidents behind the Iron Curtain smuggling books, manuscripts and printing materials. While attending the first Helsinki Follow-up Conference in Belgrade in 1977, Yugoslav police arrested him for trying to stage a press conference about the arrests of Helsinki Monitors in Soviet Ukraine. That incident was widely covered in the press.

A year later, Senator Bob Dole invited him to join his staff as his Soviet specialist. He left his office in 1978 to attend John Carroll University where he earned a Masters Degree in History in 1980.

In 1981, he joined the staff of Cleveland Congresswoman Mary Rose Oakar eventually becoming her Chief of Staff.

He is now volunteer Director of the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood, runs a government consulting business and write a monthly column for the New Jersey-based Ukrainian Weekly. His wife Chris and he have been married for over thirty years and have a son and daughter.

Note: Andy shared this story from the Washington Post in 1977. Andy is the "struggling man" in the article. He said, "I wasn't going to go without protest."

Congratulations and welcome aboard Andy!


2020

2020 Ukrainian Museum-Archives Christmas Video Greeting




Dick Russ family Ukrainian Holiday Traditions and Message

Cleveland International Hall of Fame inductee Dick Russ is part Ukrainian and part Slovenian. Dick says, "On the Ukrainian side, my wife, Chris Sywyj-Hlabše, maintains in our home the centuries old tradition of Christmas Eve dinner with 12 meatless dishes. In the U.S., it was passed to her by her parents ("Baba" still presides as Matriarch of the family at age 90), and their parents before them, and on and on. As many family members as are able gather, and at the sight of the first star (your best estimate when it's cloudy!) the celebration of Sviat' Vechir (Holy Evening) begins.

Christmas hymns (Koliadky) are sung, God is thanked, and those gathered dine on borsch (mushroom stuffed dumplings optional), pyrohy (mushroom, cheese, and/or potato), holubtsi (stuffed with rice or buckwheat), fish, kapusta (cabbage), pickled herring with onions, generous helpings of garlic, and more. After dinner, gifts are exchanged, and then it's off to church.

My wife's mother (Baba) has lived with us for more than 3 years, and thanks be to God her health is pretty much OK, and she is still very sharp. She spent several years in a Nazi forced labor camp like many of the "Ukes" here in Cleveland did - and has been giving us many details of her life under Stalin and then Hitler, and then the DP camps, and finally to the U.S. (where she was first sent to Mississippi to pick cotton on a plantation!)

The Slovenians as you know lived in those camps as well, and tragically so many were murdered by the Communists even after the war. Mass graves such as Ko?evski Rog were revealed in the early 90's and I reported on many of these things back then when I was on TV. I did a fairly long piece with the only known 3 survivors of a slaughter that saw more than 10,000 Slovenians killed and dumped in a pit.

Sorry to bring a downer toward the end of the note - but the point is that the resiliency of the people like the Ukrainians and Slovenians is testament first to their Christian faith, which carried them through, along with the strength of their family life and their love of liberty. (God, family, homeland). Those are the characteristics which now allow us, who were born in the U.S., to carry on their traditions, and celebrate great feasts like Christmas, together with our families."

Back to Ethnic Holiday Traditions


Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Bloom

The Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland was in bloom when we visited on April 28, 2020. The beautiful flowering trees framed the statue of Lesya Ukrainka.

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden


More pictures from the Ukrainian Cultural Garden


2019

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

The 74th annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens featured performances in all of the Gardens including the Ukrainian Garden.

Ukrainian Garden on One World Day

Ukrainian Garden on One World Day


Click the white arrow to watch this video as brothers Volodya and Sergiy Yarema describe the Ukrainian Bandura and play a folk song.



Brothers Volodya and Sergiy Yarema with banduras

Brothers Volodya and Sergiy Yarema with banduras


See more from the 2019 One World Day

The Ukrainian community also marched in the Parade of Flags.

The Ukrainian Garden also marched in the Parade of Flags


The Ukrainian Garden also marched in the Parade of Flags


The Ukrainian Garden also marched in the Parade of Flags

See more from the 2019 Parade of Flags on One World Day


2018

Ukrainian agricultural professors visit Ukrainian Museum-Archives and Cleveland

Ohio State University and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur brought Ukrainian agricultural professors to Cleveland to see the sights and visit the Ukrainian Museum-Archives.

Ukrainian agriculture professors visit the Ukrainian Museum-Archives- 1202 Kenilworth Avenue

Ukrainian agriculture professors visit the
Ukrainian Museum-Archives- 1202 Kenilworth Avenue


More photos from the Ukraine professors visit to Cleveland


Ukrainian Community at International Cleveland Community Day

International Cleveland Community Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art is a celebration of the rich diversity of our region’s multiethnic communities, featuring traditional music and dance performances, cultural displays, and ingallery experiences. During this vibrant afternoon, visitors enjoyed presentations from more than 50 community groups expressing the continued vitality of the global cultures and arts that enliven our city.

The Ukrainian community was well represented with a banner, information table and musical performances.

Ukraine Banner at Cleveland Museum of Art

Ukraine Banner at Cleveland Museum of Art


United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio table at Art Museum

United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio table


United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio table workers


United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio perfomer

United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio performer



Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018

The Cleveland Ukrainian community was out at the 73rd annual One World Day on the site of the Ukrainian Cultural Garden. Members of the community marched in the annual Parade of Flags and later there was more fun as members of the Ukrainian community shared their culture with thousands of visitors on One World Day.

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day 2018

Ukrainian Garden in the Parade of Flags at 2018 One World Day

Ukrainian Garden in the Parade of Flags


Ukrainian Garden in the Parade of Flags at 2018 One World Day


Ukrainian Garden in the Parade of Flags at 2018 One World Day


Ukrainian Garden in the Parade of Flags at 2018 One World Day


Ukrainian Garden in the Parade of Flags at 2018 One World Day


See photos and videos from the 2018 One World Day


US Senator Rob Portman Receives Order of Merit from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, received the Order of Merit from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during his visit to Ukraine. The Order of Merit is given to individuals for outstanding achievements in economics, science, culture, military or political spheres of activity. It was first established by Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma in 1996. Those who are awarded the Order of Merit have the official title Chevalier of the Order of Merit.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Senator Rob Portman

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Senator Rob Portman


“I’m deeply honored to receive the Order of Merit from Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev. America stands with the Ukrainian people in their struggle to secure a democratic, prosperous, and independent future for Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression,” said Portman. “As co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus and author of several provisions authorizing expanded U.S. military assistance — including lethal aid — and establishing the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative, I will continue to do everything I can to help the Ukrainians defend themselves against Russian aggression.”

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko decree for Senator Rob Portman

NOTE: Portman, who received the Ukrainian-American community’s highest honor in 2016, the Shevchenko Freedom Award, has long led the effort to provide Ukraine the kind of assistance necessary to ward off Russian aggression and maintain its territorial integrity. The co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, Portman has visited Ukraine several times, including leading a congressional election observation mission with Senator Ben Cardin during Ukraine's presidential election in 2014. For the past three years, Portman has successfully introduced amendments to the annual National Defense Authorization Act that expanded U.S. military aid to Ukraine. These provisions helped build the primary statutory framework for U.S. security assistance to Ukraine, the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. In addition, he has repeatedly written letters, delivered multiple floor speeches, and pressed senior administration officials on the importance of providing meaningful assistance to help Ukraine stand up to Russia's military aggression.


2017

Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., has created a searchable database of information on the Displaced Persons Camps and the people who passed through them. Earlier this year, the Holocaust Museum partnered with the Ukrainian Museum-Archives in Cleveland to digitize the UMA's extensive collection of DP Camp periodicals produced by Ukrainian refugees from 1945-51. Working with Kyiv-based Archival Data Systems, researchers have scanned more than 75,000 documents archived at the Tremont museum, creating a resource that scholars and others will now be able to access.

Officials from the Holocaust Museum unveiled the new resource and its search tools at a special presentation in Cleveland, a city that resettled thousands of displaced persons. "Solving the Mystery: Tracing Your Family's Path from a Displaced Persons Camp," was presented at the Slovenian National Home.

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Andy Fedynsky, Ina Navazelskis and Diane Afoumado


Photos and videos from the Displaced Persons Camp event


Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Over 25,000 people attended the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday August 27, 2017. The Ukrainian Cultural Garden looked beautiful and members of the Ukrainian community marched in the Parade of Flags.

Ukrainian Cultural Garden members marching in the Parade of Flag on One World Day

Ukrainian Cultural Garden members marching
in the Parade of Flag on One World Day


Photos and videos from the Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day


Bayda Ukrainian Quartet

The Bayda Ukrainian Quartet performed on the main stage of the 72nd annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on Sunday August 27, 2017.

Bayda Ukrainian Quartet

Bayda Ukrainian Quartet on One World Day


Watch 4 videos of songs from the Bayda Ukrainian Quartet


Ukrainian Embroidery

In this short video Uliana explained the beautiful dresses and other items from Ukraine at the Ukrainian Festival at Pokrova Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Parma.




Senator Rob Portman meets with Eastern European ethnic leaders

United States Senator Rob Portman has become a leading expert on the situation in Ukraine, the Baltics, Eastern Europe and Russia. He met with a few dozen leaders of Cleveland's Eastern European ethnic communities at Café 55 on East 55th to discuss US policy and answer their questions about Crimea, Ukraine, Russia, NATO, the Baltics and so on.

Thanks to Andrew J. Futey, President, Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, for setting this up.

Judge Perk

Judge Ralph Perk Jr., Irene Morrow, Senator Rob Portman,
Andrew Futey and Marta Liscynesky Kelleher

Ethnic leaders with Senator Rob Portman

Ethnic leaders with Senator Rob Portman


Ukrainian Congress logo



2016

Senator Portman Receives Ukrainian Community’s Highest Honor

On Wednesday October 19, 2016 U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) received the Shevchenko Freedom Award, the highest accolade awarded by the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America (UCCA), the nation’s largest representation of Ukrainians in America.

The award, named after Ukraine's poet-laureate and national hero Taras Shevchenko, is awarded to individuals who have displayed a remarkable understanding and given substantial assistance to the Ukrainian American community and the Ukrainian people. Portman, a co-founder and co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, has long been a leading voice in the United States’ efforts to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and has pursued steadfast relations with Ukraine in recognition of its vital importance to Trans-Atlantic peace and security while persistently advocating for the United States to play a more active role in helping Ukraine stave off Russian aggression.

He released the following statement:

“I am honored to receive the Ukrainian community’s highest honor from the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America for my work to support Ukraine, the Ukrainian people and friends of Ukraine across the globe. I am proud of my long-established record of support for Ukraine and the Ukrainian-American community, as well as for the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. I have twice visited Ukraine, met with Ukraine President Poroshenko and other senior Ukrainian officials, and remain engaged with ongoing political, economic, and military developments. But more work remains. Twenty-five years after Ukraine gained their independence from the Soviet Union, a familiar foe is once again challenging Ukrainian sovereignty.

The United States must do more to give the Ukrainian people the tools they need to defend themselves, and I will continue to urge the Obama administration to provide these pivotal measures. I look forward to continuing to work with the Ukrainian-American community in support of Ukraine.”

Senator Rob Portman honored by Ukrainians

Senator Rob Portman honored by
Ukrainian Congress Committee of America





Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

The Ukrainian Cultural Garden and Ukrainian community participated in the 71st One World Day on August 28, 2016. They began with the Parade of Flags.

Ukraine in Parade of Flags

Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Parade of Flags

Ukraine in Parade of Flags

Ukraine in Parade of Flags

Ukraine in Parade of Flags


Throughout the day members of the Ukrainian community of Cleveland hosted hundreds of visitors in the Ukrainian Cultural Garden and shared Ukrainian culture.

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day 2016

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day

Ukrainian Cultural Garden on One World Day


More from 2016 One World Day in Cleveland Cultural Gardens


Living Traditions Folk Ensemble performed dances from Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine at the 71st One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016.

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble


See photos and videos of Living Traditions Folk Ensemble at One World Day


Dance from Ukraine at One World Day 2016

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble performed dances from Slovakia, Poland and Ukraine at the 71st One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on August 28, 2016.

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble

Living Traditions Folk Ensemble


See photos and videos of Living Traditions Folk Ensemble at One World Day


Putin get out of Ukraine

During the Parade of Flags at the 71st annual One World Day in the Centennial Year of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens on MLK Blvd. members of the Ukrainian Cultural Garden chanted "Putin, get out of Ukraine" as they marched.



See more from One World Day 2016


U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Group visits Ukrainian Museum

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington sent four of its researchers and scholars to Cleveland on May 19-20, 2016 to see the WW II and post-war Displaced Persons Camp collections at the Ukrainian Museum-Archives. The Holocaust Museum will be signing an agreement with Ukrainian archival institutions.

Henry Mayer from the US Holocaust Museum presnets book to Andy  Fedynsky

Henry Mayer from the US Holocaust Museum
presents a book to UMA's Andy Fedynsky


Photos and Videos from the Ukrainian Museum Archives event


2015

Traditional Ukrainian Outfit

A highlight of the 6th annual Holiday Celebration of Cleveland's Diversity held in the atrium of the Global Center for Health Innovation in the Cleveland Convention Center by the International Community Council-Worldwide Intercultural Network (ICC-WIN) was the multicultural fashion show.

Fashion of Ukraine

Fashion of Ukraine

Videos and photos of the International Fashion Show


Senator Portman Meets with Cleveland Eastern European Communities

U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) traveled to Ukraine to meet with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as well as other government officials. Portman has repeatedly called for increased U.S. military assistance to Ukraine as they continue to face Russian aggression.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Senator Rob Portman

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US Senator Rob Portman

On Friday, April 17, 2015 Senator Portman, co-chair of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with members of Eastern European communities in Cleveland to discuss his recent visit to Ukraine and Latvia.

More from Senator Portman's meeting at the Ukrainian Museum & Archives


Sprinkling Days after Easter

The week following PASCHA (Easter) is called "Bright Week" in the Eastern (Orthodox) Christian Church. During Bright Week there are many different ways to enjoy this "Feast of Feasts" - including the "Sprinkling Days"!

On Monday within some of the various nationalities who are Orthodox, the boys seek out the girls of their parishes to "sprinkle" them - usually with scented water - and on Tuesdays, the girls seek out the boys to do the same "sprinkling"

On this Tuesday Ukrainian Dozia Krislaty and Rusyn Laurel Tombazzi sprinkled Ken Kovach. Then Vietnamese Gia Hoa Ryan sprinkled him as well




2014

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at Kurentovanje

The crowd was very glad to see the Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at the Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade on March 1, 2014. Especially in these troubled times.

Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble


Highlights from the Kurentovanje Parade


"We need to take sides. We need to be with the Ukrainian people."
Senator Rob Portman

The 53rd annual Captive Nations Dinner of the American Nationalities Movement was held in Wal-Tam's Grand Ballroom in Garfield Heights on July 17, 2014. Over 250 people attended the event to see the Freedom Awards be presented and a keynote address by US Senator Rob Portman.

Senator Portman has emerged as one of Ukraine's most vocal champions in Washington and has sponsored a Senate resolution backing Ukraine in its fight against pro-Russian militants and supported the president's calls for stiffer sanctions.

"He's been wonderful for us. He's been making our argument in Washington," said Marta Liscynesky-Kelleher, president of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio.

Portman said the U.S. should back up sanctions with military hardware, including anti-tank weapons. "We need to give them (Ukrainians) the opportunity to defend themselves," he said.

Judge Rocky Perk and Senator Rob Portman

Judge Rocky Perk and Senator Rob Portman


Photos/Video of the Captive Nation event with Senator Rob Portman


Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at Kurentovanje

The crowd was very glad to see the Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble at the Cleveland Kurentovanje Parade on March 1, 2014. Especially in these troubled times.

Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble


Kashtan Ukrianian Dance Ensemble


Highlights from the Kurentovanje Parade


2013

Ukrainian Festival and Parade 2013

The annual Ukrainian Festival and Parade was held August 24, 2013. Roman Fedkiw served as MC and told of the record 55 organizations in the 2013 parade.



Videos from the 2013 Ukrainian Festival and Parade


Irene Zawadiwsky from Ariel International played the Ukrainian bandura at the 4th annual Worldwide Intercultural Network (WIN) holiday celebration of global diversity at the Ariel International Center in Cleveland Ohio.

Irene Zawadiwsky from Ariel International played the Ukrainian bandura



See other performances and more from the WIN celebration


Ukrainian Display and Dance at Culture Shock

Tri-C West in Parma April 18, 2013

The Cleveland Ukrainian community was represented at the 2013 Culture Shock event which was put on by Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) West and the Parma City School District. Besides a table display, there was a dance performance.

Ukrainian students dancing

More from the Ukrainians at Culture Shock


2012

Harmonia
Opening of Ames Family Atrium in Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The band Harmonia played at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

The Band Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum opening

Harmonia at Cleveland Art Museum Ames Atrium opening


Ukrainian Village Parade
Parma, OH
August 28, 2012

Ukrainian Parade Marshalls

Ukrainian Village Parade Marshalls



21st anniversary celebration of Ukrainian independence
Parma, OH
August 28, 2012

Mr. Ihor Diaczyn, President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio

Mr. Ihor Diaczyn
President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio





Ukrainian Entertainment at celebration of Ukrainian independence
Parma, OH
August 28, 2012

Bayda Men's Ukrainian Quartet

Bayda Men's Ukrainian Quartet



The Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble marched in the 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Kashtan Ukrainian Dance Ensemble




See more from Kashtan at the Parade
Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Ukrainian Cultural Garden

Ukrainian Cultural Garden at One World Day



2011



Tri-C student Andre Savka is from Ukraine and offered a greeting in Ukrainian at the 2nd annual WIN Cleveland Holiday Party celebrating Cleveland's Diversity.


Ukrainian Village Parade
September 24, 2011 - Photos and Videos

Boy with balloons at Ukrainian Village Parade

Ukrainian Village Parade


Ukrainian Heritage Park Dedication
September 24, 2011 - Photos and Videos

Ukrainian Heritage Park sign

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter, Ihor Diaczyn and Roman Fedkiw assisted Parma Mayor Dean DePiero in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma.

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Ohio State Representative Tim DeGeeter, Ihor Diaczyn and Roman Fedkiw assisted Parma Mayor Dean DePiero in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new Ukrainian Heritage Park in Parma


The Ukrainian Cultural Garden was the host for the 64th One World Day.

Hundreds enjoyed the beautifully refurbished Garden and the rededication of the statue of Lesya Ukrainka.

Click on the links below to see numerous photos and videos from the special day. Congratulations to Dozia Krislaty, Committee Chair and President of Branch 8 of the Ukrainian National Women's League of America and her team for a wonderful job.

Lesya Ukrainka statue in the Ukrainian Garden

Lesya Ukrainka statue in the Ukrainian Garden


Lesya Ukrainka Statue Rededication
Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland

Blessing of the Statue
Most Reverend John Bura DD and other Clergy

The Ukrainian Identity by Ihor Diaczun
President of the United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio

Ribbon cutting on Lesya Ukrainka statue
Women from the Ukrainian National Women's League of America

Origins of the Statue of Lesya Ukrainka
Ukrainian National Women's League of America President Marianna Zajac

Lesya Ukrainka's significance in Ukrainian literature
Mary Hovanec, Professor of History at Cuyahoga Community College

Lesya Ukrainka poems 'Rondo' and 'Contra Spem Spero'
recited by Christina Skabyk


Ukrainian Garden sign



Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers at One World Day

Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers

Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers at One World Day


Zorya Ukrainian Women's Ensemble at One World Day

Zorya Ukrainian Women's Ensemble at One World Day

Zorya Ukrainian Women's Ensemble at One World Day


Very Rev. Bohdan Zhoba of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church sang a prayer at the Polish Constitution Day event on May 1, 2011.

Very Rev. Bohdan Zhoba of Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Church sings a prayer




2010

2010 Ukrainian Village Festival at St Vladimir

Tamara Host and Paul Burlij welcome people to the Festival

Tamara Host and Paul Burlij welcome people to the Festival



Ukrainian Veterans

Ukrainian American veterans at the
2010 Polish Constitution Day Parade


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Out & About - Photos and Event Recaps

Organizations and Resources for Ukrainians in Cleveland


Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland
Including statues of Lesya Ukrainka, Ivan Franko, Taras H. Shevchenko and Volodymyr the Great aka Saint Vladimir Svyatoslavich



Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio (photo by Dan Hanson)


The Ukrainian Museum-Archives

St. Josephat Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

St. Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral




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Business, Education and Employment Information

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Cleveland Ukrainian Feedback and Memories

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Ukrainian History and Culture


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Holodomor - Ukrainian Famine

olodomor - Ukrainian Famine memorial at St Vladimir

Ukrainian Famine memorial at St Vladimir


Larysa Petrivna Kosach-Kvitka - Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden in Cleveland Ohio (photo by Dan Hanson)

Lesya Ukrainka statue in Ukrainian Cultural Garden



Ukraine was the center of the first eastern Slavic state, Kyivan Rus, which during the 10th and 11th centuries was the largest and most powerful state in Europe. Weakened by internecine quarrels and Mongol invasions, Kyivan Rus was incorporated into the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and eventually into the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.

The cultural and religious legacy of Kyivan Rus laid the foundation for Ukrainian nationalism through subsequent centuries. A new Ukrainian state, the Cossack Hetmanate, was established during the mid-17th century after an uprising against the Poles.

Despite continuous Muscovite pressure, the Hetmanate managed to remain autonomous for well over 100 years. During the latter part of the 18th century, most Ukrainian ethnographic territory was absorbed by the Russian Empire. Following the collapse of czarist Russia in 1917, Ukraine was able to bring about a short-lived period of independence (1917-20), but was reconquered and forced to endure a brutal Soviet rule that engineered two artificial famines (1921-22 and 1932-33) in which over 8 million died.

In World War II, German and Soviet armies were responsible for some 7 to 8 million more deaths. Although final independence for Ukraine was achieved in 1991 with the dissolution of the USSR, democracy remained elusive as the legacy of state control and endemic corruption stalled efforts at economic reform, privatization, and civil liberties.

A peaceful mass protest "Orange Revolution" in the closing months of 2004 forced the authorities to overturn a rigged presidential election and to allow a new internationally monitored vote that swept into power a reformist slate under Viktor Yushchenko. Subsequent internal squabbles in the Yushchenko camp allowed his rival Viktor Yanukovych to stage a comeback in parliamentary elections and become prime minister in August of 2006.

An early legislative election, brought on by a political crisis in the spring of 2007, saw Yuliya Tymoshenko, as head of an "Orange" coalition, installed as a new prime minister in December 2007.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


Map of Ukraine


Ukrainian Orthodox Church Traditions, History and Future

Native costumes from Ukraine from the Ukrainian Museum-Archives

Beautiful Pysanky (Decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs) from Ukraine


Ostrich Egg Pysanka

Ostrich Egg Pysanka


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Profiles of Ukrainians in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio


Taras Szmagala Sr at Ivan Franko statue in The Ukrainian Museum-Archives

Board Chairman Taras Szmagala Sr at Ivan Franko statue
in The Ukrainian Museum-Archives



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