A Path Well Chosen: The Beaver Lake Settlement features the experiences of the Joseph Bandura family. Joseph (1880-1947) arrived in Canada in the spring of 1900 as a single man, 20 years old. In 1901, he filed his application for a homestead on NW 34-52-17-W4, about seven miles south of present-day Mundare. Two years later, Joseph married Justyna Berezanski (1882-1968) at the Basilian Fathers' chapel on the monastery farm. In later years, Joseph also operated a livery and dray service in Mundare.
Images of Christ features more than thirty icons, religious prints, and other pioneer-era religious artifacts from the collection of the Basilian Fathers Museum. This current display is a continuation of the earlier exhibit, Images of Mary.
In conjunction with celebrations marking the 120th anniversary of the Ukrainian immigration to Canada, our new display pays tribute to the Ukrainian pioneer women, focusing in part on the textiles they produced and the early, hand-made tools used to create the fabrics. The textiles on display combine a practical durability with artistry and craftsmanship, whether in a belt to hold up a skirt, a rushnyk to decorate an icon, or a blanket to keep warm under during the winter.