Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of April 24, 2000
Basilian Fathers Museum opens summer displays
Special to the WCR
Many travellers on their first visit to the Basilian Fathers Museum in Mundare are amazed they have not heard much about this museum. Repeat visitors return year after year to take in new displays unveiled annually.
The Basilian Fathers Museum was built in 1990 to mark the 100th anniversary of the arrival of Ukrainian settlers to Canada.
The museum boasts two permanent galleries: New Home in the West, a Ukrainian immigration story and Basilian Fathers and Their People, which tells of the Basilian Fathers' mission in east central Alberta.
A third gallery currently features the Collector's Extravaganza - Odds and Ends.
The core of this display comes from the collection which was an accumulation of artifacts by Father Josaphat Jean, a French Canadian, who assimilated into Ukrainian life and eventually became a Basilian monk. Due to great public interest, the display will be extended for another year.
This season's new displays will be unveiled May 7.
Our special feature, The Barbed Wire Solution: Ukrainians and Canada's First Internment Operations 1914-1920, will be on display May 8 to Oct. 15.
The second exhibit, A Century in Canada is dedicated to the forefathers of a number of families living today in Mundare and area who came to Canada and settled here 100 years ago.
The third exhibit, That's the Way it Was, is dedicated to the memory of Michael Tomyn, a well-known local historian.
For more information, call (780) 764-3887. The museum is open year round: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., summer weekends, 1 to 5 p.m.