Kule Folklore Centre

March 2021

Welcome to that time between winter and spring, when the Alberta weather just can't make up its mind!

It has now been one year since we last gathered together in our space in the Old Arts Building. Our students (and faculty) have demonstrated great resilience as they pivoted and adjusted to the world of online learning. Our archives staff has also had to adjust and figure out the world of online processing and reference. They are grateful for all of the patient and understanding researchers who have continued to access our collections over this past year. 

The 2020/21 year brought with it new challenges that created many new ideas and themes for upcoming research activities, exhibits, and Folklore Lunches.

In this Pre-Spring 2021 newsletter, we share with you updates from fall and winter term activities and events and our plans for the remainder of the Winter term. 

The staff at the Kule Folklore Centre would like to wish good luck to everyone as they finish up classes and projects, and welcome all to follow our activities online throughout the remainder of the year. 
- Jelena Pogosjan, Director

Peter Kule's 100th Birthday

The Kule Folklore Centre extends our special congratulations to Dr. Peter Kule who celebrated his centennial birthday on January 6, 2021. We wish Peter health, joy, and happiness on this momentous occasion and celebrate with him.

A great philanthropist and a long-term supporter of scholarship and learning, for years, Peter Kule together with his late wife Doris Kule have been the greatest friends to the Kule Folklore Centre whose name it proudly carries: the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore.

From humble beginnings in the village of Stratyn, Ukraine, Peter Kule came to Canada in 1938, studied diligently, and became a successful chartered accountant with his own firm. Dr. Peter Kule's vision is a belief that learning is an eternal enterprise, that human ideals of philanthropy, study, and trying to make us better people can never be curtailed. To that end, they have generously donated funding to institutions nationally and internationally. We are proud that with Drs. Kules’ help, the Kule Folklore Centre has several endowments that bear their name - the Kule Chair Endowment which endorsed the establishment of the Kule Chair for Ukrainian Ethnography, the Kule Folklore Endowment which supports the Kule Folklore Centre and its many projects, and the Kule Fellowship Endowment which supports Post-Doctoral Fellowships.

Happy birthday Dr. Kule and thank you for your support! Многая літа!

Enjoy this short video about Peter Kule
Visit the Peter and Doris Kule Collection at the BMUFA

Symposium of Community Engagement:
Ukrainian Studies & the Legacy of Peter & Doris Kule

This year the Kule Institute is celebrating its 10th Anniverary and the Kule Folklore Centre is celebrating its 20th Anniverary.

On April 14, 2021 please join us for a symposium to celebrate the achievements of KIAS, the lives of our founding donors Peter & Doris Kule, and the accomplishments of other centres at the University of Alberta including the Kule Folklore Centre and the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies.

Date: April 14, 2021
Time: 9:00am - 1:00pm MST

More Information

SLIS Intern

Tyler Chawner is a practicum student from the University of Alberta’s School of Library and Information Studies. He has a BA in History and minor in Museum Studies from Texas A&M University, and is in the process of completing a MLIS degree at the University of Alberta. His practicum revolves around the archival processes involved in collection management.

Tyler’s work at the BMUFA involves the Ukrainian Diaspora Composers Collection and the Danny Evanishen Collection. He is responsible for creating an easily accessible and understandable online record of the collections through AtoM. Through this, Tyler hopes to deepen his knowledge of the inner workings of archives while simultaneously helping further the Kule Folklore Centre’s mission.

UCAMA Project update

By Maryna Chernyavska 

We have kept busy at the Bohdan Medwidsky Ukrainian Folklore Archives processing archival materials transferred from UCAMA in addition to other projects. Maria Mayerchyk and Darya Chykunova have been dedicating most of their time at the KuFC to the UCAMA project. We create archival descriptions of collections, as we process them and post them online in our archival database. The following collections have been published to date:

Stay tuned for more updates on this project. We will announce in the following issues of the Kule Folklore Centre’s newsletter when descriptions of other collections become available online.

Image caption: Жіноче товариство ім. Лесі Українки 1932-1934. Kahwin, AB. UF2020-01-p124. UCAMA photograph collection. 

KIAS Grant

We are happy to announce that the Kule Folklore Centre recently received a Research Cluster Grant from KIAS for a project entitled “Trapped in Archives of Repression: Personal Letters in ex-KGB Archives,” $100,000 for a 3-year term. The collapse of the communist regime in Central and Eastern Europe led to the opening of its Secret Service archives. The goal of the project is to create an accessible database and a searchable corpus of personal letters which were confiscated by the Soviet Security Services and are currently kept in the State Branch Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine. The project is supported by three organizations: the Kule Folklore Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and the State Branch Archive of the Security Service of Ukraine. It will be an important, though emotionally challenging research, and we hope that at least some of the confiscated letters will find their addressees after decades of separation.

Register for our next Folklore Lunch:

Other Upcoming Folklore Lunches

Threads that Connect

The Alberta Council for the Ukrainian Arts and the Ukrainian Resource and Development Centre at MacEwan University are presenting Threads that Connect 2021: A Year-Long Celebration of Ukrainian Embroidery and Textiles.

From February to September, join them in celebrating Ukrainian embroidery through exhibits, lectures, workshops, tours, and demonstrations. Throughout the year, they'll look at historical, retro, and contemporary Ukrainian fashions, embroidery, and weaving.

It all starts with the Threads that Connect exhibit curated by Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, exploring the threads that connect us to our past, our families, and our communities. The exhibit features pieces from the BMUFA artifact collections. Larisa serves as Community Liaison for the Kule Folklore Centre. Congratulations Larisa! 

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Всюди добре, а вдома найкраще

It's great everywhere, but it's best at home
-Dr. Bohdan Medwidsky
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