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Digitizing the Records of the Ukrainian Folk Ballet of the Twin Cities (IHRC2674)

During the spring and summer of 2011, the IHRC digitized the entire collection of records compiled by the Ukrainian Folk Ballet of the Twin Cities. The collection consists of three scrapbooks containing the constitution, program brochures and fliers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs and other materials documenting the activities of the group from 1934 to 1953. The scrapbooks were acquired in 1991 from St. Olga's Sisterhood affiliated with St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The project has added over 1500 new items to the IHRC's digital archive.

The Ukrainian Folk Ballet of the Twin Cities was founded in 1934 in Minneapolis. The aims of the group were to organize Ukrainian youth, promote Ukrainian arts and culture, especially the national dances, and to promote the Ukrainian cultural heritage among Americans. Its membership consisted of young people from the parish of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Northeast Minneapolis and included many non-Ukrainians over the years. The group published a newsletter, the "Ukadet" for many years. A six-bound-volume set of "Ukadet" (1941-1953) came with the collection. (The IHRC holds a near complete set for 1941-1973.)

The project was generously co-sponsored by St. Olga's Sisterhood of Minneapolis, the IHRC project team included Daniel Grussing, Daniel Necas, Halyna Myroniuk, Cindy Herring and Haven Hawley. Thanks especially to the Center's student assistant Dan Grussing who scanned all items in the collection and accompanied the files with metadata. The IHRC would also like to acknowledge the support received from Jason Roy of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Digital Library Services - its Media Archive provides a storage and delivery platform for the images.

Scrapbook 1 (1934-1938) (410 images)

Scrapbook 2 (1939-1943) (489 images)

Scrapbook 3 (1943-1953) (678 images)

Event program Children Ticket Flyer Dancer


In August 2012, graduate research assistant Raphi Rechitsky (PhD candidate, Sociology) created a video featuring selected items from the collection. The video is accompanied by music performed by a Twin Cities band "Seljuki." Watch the video.


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