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History of Rochester's Ukrainian Community, March 23

  • Published: March 15, 2011

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Please contact Nazareth history professor Olena Prokopovych at oprokop5@naz.edu or (585) 389 2495

History of Rochester's Ukrainian Community, March 23

Nazareth College is hosting an evening on The History of Rochester’s Ukrainian Community with Wolodymyr Pylyshenko, on Wednesday, March 23 from 4:00-5:00 pm in the Golisano Academic Center Room 325.  Pylyshenko is the chief historian and archivist for the local Ukrainian community. The event is free and open to the public.  Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618.  For more information, please contact Nazareth history professor Olena Prokopovych at oprokop5@naz.edu or (585) 389 2495. The Nazareth College Lorette Wilmot Library will also host an exhibit of selected photographs, documents, and folk art objects from the Ukrainian Rochester Collection in through April 1.

Since arriving in the United States in 1950, Pylyshenko has been not only an active and distinguished member of Rochester's Ukrainian community but also its chief historian and archivist.  His life long work of documenting the history of Rochester's Ukrainian community culminated in the establishment of the Ukrainian Rochester Collection Project (URCP) which is now housed at the University of Rochester River Campus Libraries' Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.  URCP is comprised of approximately 25 cubic feet of materials, including records and minutes from a variety of Rochester-area Ukrainian churches, clubs, schools, and veterans and fraternal organizations; books and magazines published by Rochester-area Ukrainians; family histories, personal memoirs, event programs, and photographs.

Pylyshenko is an emeritus chair of the Department of Art and Art History at SUNY Brockport.  Throughout his life, he was active in dozens of religious, political, social, educational and professional organizations, including the Ukrainian Academic of Arts and Sciences, the Taras Shevchenko Scientific Society, and the Ukrainian American Association of University Professors.  He is also the charter member of the Western Monroe Historical Society, an Honorary Trustee of the Irondequoit Public Library, and the Director of the Ukrainian Federal Credit Union Library. 

The lecture and the accompanying exhibit are sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science, the Center for Public History, the Faculty Lecture Fund, and the Nazareth College Library.

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