Department of History of Ukrainian Diaspora (Rynok Sq., 4)

Department of History of Ukrainian Diaspora is located at the building number 4 on Rynok Square, in so-called “Black House”, where they highlight some fragments of three main streams of Ukrainian emigration movement during late 19th - late 20th centuries.

The first major wave of immigration had been lasting since 1891 until 1920 and therefore mainly Galician peasantry started to immigrate. Photos and documents, clothing and household items used by first settlers, expand the idea of the first steps of Galician peasants in the countries of their settlement.

The second wave of emigration (1920-1939) covered Ukrainian political, scientific and artistic elite. In this section we focus on specific aspects of Ukrainian political leaders and Ukrainian scientific institutions actions. Among the exhibits covering this topic particularly interesting are original letters of the President of the West Ukrainian People's Republic (WUPR) E. Petrushevych, passport of WUPR period, diploma from Charles University (Prague). The exhibition is finished with the number of documents, photographs and printed materials that shows life and work of the Ukrainian people in the camps of DP (displaced persons).

More widely and variously is represented the third (post-war) wave of emigration. Numerous museum exhibits introduces the visitors to the different genres of painting and literature, to the work of scientific, religious and civic organizations. The exhibition represents the works by famous painters: E. Kozak, A. Synytar, P. Lopata, Ya. Krehovetsky, A. Babych, Yu. Skorupskyetc. Literature is represented by the works of Ye. Malanyuk, T. Osmachka, Yu. Klen, E. Kozak, I. Kachurovsky, B. Oleksandriv.
Spiritual life of Ukrainian Diaspora can be traced through the prism of correspondence of Cardinal Josyf Slipyj. A striking addition to the theme is the clothes of the priest I. Shevtsiv from Australia, in which the priest, along with John Paul II celebrated the Mass in Lviv in 2001.

Among the museum exhibits covering social work, special attention is paid to the reconstruction of Ukrainian women's clothing from the Kyiv Rus period (9th century) to the Hetman one (18th century), made in New York by a group Union of Ukrainian Women and also to the elements of uniforms of Ukrainian youth organizations in America “Plast” and SUM (Union of Ukrainian Youth).

Items collected in the exposure helps to understand better that the Ukrainians living outside Ukraine is an important branch of the Ukrainian nation which enriches the treasury of our shared history, science, culture and art.