The Mission of the UHEC is to foster a vibrant connection between past and future generations and communities to Ukrainian history, spirituality, arts and culture through educational programming, exhibitions, workshops and conferences and to provide access to researchers and educators to the permanent collections of the UHEC's Museum, Archive and Library to further their knowledge or develop curriculum for other educational institutions.
The UHEC fulfills its mission through rotating exhibitions, public access to archives, educational and cultural programming, and online resources that increase the appreciation of Ukrainian history and culture among non-Ukrainians and help Ukrainian Americans better understand their roots. The UHEC museum permanent collection consists of over 15,000 objects of folk art, fine art, and objects related to Ukrainian culture, history, and religious beliefs and practices. The UHEC archives holds hundreds of collections documenting the cultural, religious, and political history of Ukraine and Ukrainians in the United States. It also has one of the largest collections of Ukrainian recorded sound and radio programming in the world, including over 1,500 cassette and open reel tapes, over 2,200 shellac discs, and over 2,000 vinyl LP records. The UHEC provides access to its wide-ranging museum and archives collections for in-person and remote researchers. It has presented nine exhibitions over the past seven years, as well as concerts, film screenings, and similar events. The UHEC also operates the Nashi Predky/Our Ancestors Ukrainian genealogy outreach program, which presents workshops, conferences, and online webinars that introduce family historians not only to genealogy research methodology, but also to the complex history and culture of Ukraine and the surrounding region.
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