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Part 8: Manitoba

Description: CIUS conference audio (Part 8 of 16)

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Stella Hryniuk
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How the book they wrote, Monuments of Faith, developed. In the 1980s there was not only the problem of abandonment, but also vandalism, security, disrepair. For Stella, the destruction by fire of her grandfather’s church was a real wake-up call. The three authors received a large grant from Manitoba to do the book (roughly 10,000 CAD in 1987). The government was interested in funding a project, but not through a faith-based group. The authors hired students and worked on the project for three years. There was a training process. Students usually stayed through two summers. They were passionate. About 2/3 of them are still involved in Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian historical projects of some sort to this day. (The students are now already 20 years older.) They identified 140 Ukrainian churches and 20 other East European churches. In the end they did full documentation of 40 churches. Slides of exterior, interior, objects, cemeteries; inventory forms; oral histories; popular histories and brochures; architectural plans (floor plans, elevations). Also, on the side, maps of the areas. Identified all the Winnipeg churches, but most of their churches were rural. They had to rely on local assistance to put up students, etc. Regular reports, updates, communication with govt.
Roman Yereniuk
slide presentation (analog slides from 1989)
We got separate funds for students [like STEP]. They did a second phase in 1993. There are about 40 inches of filing. 5000 slides. They had a system of how to do slides. Over 200 slides per church. They called themselves the Manitoba East European Heritage Society so that they could include Russo-Orthodox, etc. They have assisted parishes with their own parish histories later on. There was a need to break the ice originally in the communities. Did a slide presentation to the parish first to show the kind of work they do. They actually saved a church, the Church of the Resurrection in Dauphin. They recorded plashchanytsi, church books [some have marginal inscriptions], embroideries, church basements.
The slides have been well preserved, using the technology then available.

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Author: CIUS
Publisher: CIUS
Date: January 26, 2008
Language: English
Original Format: Digital audio recording

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CIUS, “Part 8: Manitoba,” CIUS-Archives, accessed December 15, 2018, http://cius-archives.ca/items/show/2180.
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