The museum’s collection of Canadian and Ukrainian religious and folk artifacts was assembled by Father Josaphat Jean and other Basilians or donated by local residents. Some of the artifacts represent early pioneer life in Canada. Others date as far back as the 15th century.
The Ukrainian settlers who made Canada their home brought a rich legacy of ritual, custom, folklore, song and art. The museum houses fine examples of the material culture of these brave pioneers, including:
• the tools they used to make a living and manage their households
• beadwork, embroidery and handwoven clothing and linens
• handcrafted furnishings
• exquisite Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky)
The museum houses a valuable collection of old liturgical books, documents, chalices, crucifixes, church furnishings, vestments and icons. The beginnings of this collection date to 1910, when Father Jean first visited Ukraine. Inspired by the rich and colourful history of this land, Father Jean became a collector of Ukrainian treasures.