Honoring Women This March: Ukrainian Exhibit at Irondequoit Public Library

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Honoring Women This March: Ukrainian Exhibit at Irondequoit Public Library

In 2015, Tamara Denysenko, retired UFCU CEO, treasurer & past president of UAC Foundation at UFCU, current USUF Advisory Committee and former USUF Board member facilitated the establishment of a permanent Ukrainian cultural exhibit at the Irondequoit Public Library Local History Gallery. During the past five years, Tamara Denysenko, as exhibit coordinator engaged the Greater Rochester UA community, organizations, churches, youth groups and schools to help create over twenty varied exhibits showcasing the richness and diversity of Ukrainian culture, history, holiday and religious traditions, arts, crafts, people, and current events in Ukraine. The exhibits were seen not only by Irondequoit residents but by various international visitors, Open World program delegations, government officials and guests from Ukraine as well.

Currently, in celebration of Women’s History Month, the exhibit features just a few of the many Ukrainian women, past and present, who significantly contributed to history, culture, music, literature, film, sports, science and human rights in Ukraine and the USA, This year’s exhibit features Olga of Kyiv, Rokselana, Olha Kobylianksa, Solomia Krushelnytska, Natalia Kobrynska, Lesya Ukrainka, Oksana Zabuzhko, Oksana Baiul, Vera Ann Farmiga, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Cathy Turner, Oksana Masters, Yana Klochkova, Lina Kostenko, Oleksandra Matviychuk, Evgenia Zakrevska, Kateryna Handziuk, Ruslana Lyzhychko, Susana Jamala. The exhibit also includes Ukrainian National Women's League (UNWLA) Rochester branch #46 choir from 1970 and the Greater Rochester Ukrainian women who in 1984, celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Ukrainian Women's Movement in Ukraine with an extensive program and concert. Rochester, NY has the special distinction of being the home of American suffragette, Susan B. Anthony.