Taras H. Shevchenko
Museum & Memorial
1614 Bloor St. West
The Taras Shevchenko Museum mission is to popularize the life and
work of the Bard of Ukraine, Ukrainian culture and the contribution of Canadians of
Ukrainian descent to the social, economic and cultural life of
The Museum exhibits are dedicated to the art, life and literary
legacy of the founder of the modern Ukrainian language Taras Shevchenko,
who has twice been celebrated as a cultural leader of world acclaim
Taras Shevchenko, Ukraine's greatest poet, artist and champion of
his people's freedom was born a serf in the village of Moryntsi,
Ukraine. Though orphaned by the age of 11, his talents developed
While studying art in St. Petersburg, he became known to the democratic
intellectual elite of Tsarist Russian society and was bought out
of serfdom through their efforts. Although free, he never forgot
his roots and his fiery poetry, such as in the Kobzar, published
in 1840, drew the ire of the repressive Tsarist regime. For this,
he was exiled in 1847 to punitive military service in the eastern
regions of the Empire. After receiving a pardon in 1857, he continued
to work and struggle until his death.
March 9, 1814 - March 10, 1861
The Kule Folklore Centre and the Taras Shevchenko Museum Unveil a New Exhibit
LOVE LETTERS FROM THE PAST
Courtship, Companionship, and Family
in the Ukrainian Canadian Community
February 10 - March 29, 2019
Wine and Cheese Reception: Sunday, February 10, 2:30 - 5:30 PM
Taras Shevchenko Museum -
1614 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M6P 1A7
Love, courtship and family are essential parts of every culture and every community.
Each love story, however, is unique.
For Ukrainians in Canada, the search for love manifested itself in many different ways. Some chose to leave their loved ones – wives and fiancées – in the Old Country, so that they could build a new life in Canada and earn enough money to later reunite with family. Others, including eligible bachelors from the Ukrainian Canadian community, wrote back home in search of prospective wives in Ukraine. And eligible young Ukrainian women, who dreamed of immigrating to Canada, often forwarded their photographs to family and friends, hoping to find a suitor in the New World. Through all these trials and tribulations, affection, courtship and companionship was most often communicated by mail. Private correspondence played an important role in the lives of Ukrainian Canadians, as well as the post office itself.
This exhibit explores love and courtship culture as it was shaping up in the Ukrainian Canadian community. Through actual letters, memoirs, family photographs, and various publications, we learn how personal relationships evolved, and how this new culture flourished in both urban and rural environments. We also explore this new cultural phenomenon by showcasing “how-to” Ukrainian publications, such as “How to Write Letters” that was published in Winnipeg, as well as real and satirical fictional letters that were published in newspapers. The story of the first Ukrainian post master and the first Ukrainian post office in Wostok, AB, brings it all together by touching upon the role of Canada Post as an institution which sparked the beginning of many romantic relationships while also shaping Ukrainian identity in Canada.
Love Letters from the Past is touring across Canada in 2018/19. It is trilingual – written in English, Ukrainian, and French, and will appeal to a multi-generational audience.
For more information:
Taras Shevchenko Museum - Phone: 416-534-8662
NEW TRI-LINGUAL KOBZAR OF TARAS SHEVCHENKO AVAILABLE
A major Shevchenko book was published by the Taras Shevchenko
Museum in Toronto. It celebrated the 200th anniversary of
the birth of the great poet Taras Shevchenko on March 9, 2014.
The project, started in 2010, resulted in a book with a selection
of fifty poems in Ukrainian, English and French.
Canada has created more Shevchenkiana than any other English
speaking country. Translators include C.H. Andrusyshen & W. Kirkconnell,
A.J. Hunter, John Weir, Honore Ewach, Florence Randal Livesay,
and Mary Skrypnyk, Also the scholarly works on Shevchenko by Prof.
George Luckyj of the University of Toronto are a valuable resource
in English. The book KOBZAR (Minstrel in Ukrainian), will be a
hard bound deluxe edition with gold stamping. Among the poems
included are Dumy Moyi, Hamaliya, Dumka, Subotiv and Ivan Pidkova.
A facsimile of Zapovit (Testimony), a great Shevchenko poem translated
into almost 150 languages of the world, will be included.
Taras Shevchenko (1814-1861) established the beauty of the modern
Ukrainian literary language. Shevchenko was not only a genius
as a poet; he was also a talented artist who painted portraits
as his profession. The book includeS 16 color pages of paintings
by Shevchenko including his self-portraits.
Hard cover, 231 pages. Price: $40.00
To order please call (416) 534-8662 or email: email@example.com
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Shevchenko Museum on UkeTube.
Shevchenko Museum is presented on UkeTube.
A short video tour - introduction to the Shevchenko Museum in both
Ukrainian and English languages, as well as a slide show of the Taras
Shevchenko monuments around the world are available on UkeTube -
Ukrainian Video. Video was prepared by William Szuch.
the entire playlist (5 videos)....
"First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada, 1891 - 1914"
Taras Shevchenko Museum's Project on virtualmuseum.ca
Taras Shevchenko Museum's Community Memories project, that
was done in conjunction with Virtual Museums Canada is successfully
completed. "First Wave of Ukrainian Immigration to Canada,
1891 - 1914" is now on the Virtual Museums Canada website.
You can find it here.
The exhibit contains stories of first Ukrainian settlers
to Canada. The exhibit also includes visual materials, like
photos, brochure covers and flyers which is especially helpful
for students who write projects on Ukrainian immigration to
Canada. This virtual exhibit is also useful for children,
teachers, scholars, educators and community workers.
Prints of Taras Shevchenko Watercolours are Available
||Prints of Taras Shevchenko's watercolours are
available at the Shevchenko Museum. These exclusive quality
prints would be an excellent gift for Shevchenko art lovers.
Prints are not framed. Delivery is possible. To
see the prints.
Museum's Hours of Operation
The Museum is open to the public Monday to Friday 10 am to 4
pm and Thursdays 12 noon to 7 pm. The Museum is available for group and school class visits
by appointment. Please call 416-534-8662 or fax 416-535-1063. Admission
is free, although donations in support of the work of the museum
are gratefully appreciated. How to reach us.
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We welcome new volunteers interested in participating in any aspect
of museum operations: visitor hosting, publicity, mounting exhibitions,
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The son of a serf, Shevchenko became not only
an artist and academician of Saint-Petersburg Academy of Art, but
one of the most versatile people of 19th century. His paintings
and graphics reflect a refined world that did not resemble his own
Taras Shevchenko Death Mask