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- Michalchyshyn Family
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0.74 m of textual records and other material
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The Michalchyshyn family is one of many Ukrainian pioneer families who have shaped the history of Ukrainians in Manitoba. Walter Michalchyshyn was born on June 24, 1909 in Byczkiwci (Chortkiw), Crownland of Galicia, Austro-Hungarian Empire (now Ukraine). In 1923, he came with his parents, George (Yurii) and Kateryna Michalchyshyn to Canada, and settled in Portage la Prairie. His parents were deeply religious and were very active in the Ukrainian Catholic Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Portage la Prairie. They inspired their children and Walter followed his father’s footsteps, and became a cantor in Ukrainian Catholic churches.
In 1935 Walter married Catherine Kuzyk and worked as a baker in Brandon. Catherine was a devoted member of the Ukrainian Catholic Women’s League and other Ukrainian women’s organization. In 1948, the couple bought a bakery in Shoal Lake and worked there until 1959. When they moved to Winnipeg, Walter got a position as a supervisor at the Donut House. Walter was a member of the Parish Council of St. Joseph’s Ukrainian Catholic Church, and the St. Nicholas Mutual Benefit Association. Walter and Catherine Michalchyshyn had five children: Irene (Gajecky), Stella (Hryniuk), Joseph, Ivan, and Ray. They are all educated professionals who followed their parents’ example in their love for Ukrainian culture and history. Catherine Michalchyshyn died on October 8, 2009 predeceased by Walter Michalchyshyn, who died on September 1, 2000
The fonds was donated to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Dr. Stella Hryniuk in 2011 and 2014.
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A2011-075 consists of biographical information, personal correspondence and recipes, material re: Ukrainian Catholic Church in Manitoba and Koshetz Choir.
A2014-135 consists of various materials (sheet music, newspaper clippings, periodical articles, and especially items concerning the Ukrainian Catholic Church and clergy in Canada) collected by members of the Michalchyshyn family. It also contains correspondence, promotional material and postcards concerning several tours of Ukraine and Eastern Europe led by Dr. Hryniuk (1988-1990) as well as newspaper clippings about the Orange Revolution in Ukraine (2004-2005).
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Frederick Stambrook fonds
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A2011-075 created by V. Zvonik in 2012. Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 07 June 2017.
A2014-135 created by by Orest Martynowych (November 2018). Revised by N. Courrier (October 2019).