Personal letters, photographs from family albums, and love stories are valuable windows for looking into the past. These are the most private forms of communication and the most democratic of historical sources. They are genuine and candid, their vulnerability contrasts with the standardized and imposing language of official documents. In our “Love Letters from the Past” on-line exhibit, we attempted to give our visitors and readers a glimpse into archival collections rarely used by historians and seen by the general public.
The exhibit has yet another purpose: to communicate to everyone interested in Ukrainian Canadian culture that the Kule Centre of Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore at the University of Alberta is working on a new long-term project dedicated to personal letters and stories. This exhibit is the first step for us. If you have old letters, photographs, and love stories to share, please contact us. We promise to treat these precious historical documents with great care. [read more]