The goal of the Local Culture and Diversity on the Prairies project was to document everyday life, ethno-cultural identity and regional variation among people of Ukrainian, French, German and English heritage. How did people from diverse backgrounds interact, adapt and become "prairie Canadians" in the first half of the twentieth century? What was the relationship between cultural inheritance and local community participation? How did they express their various identities on the local community level? The project was designed to generate a great deal of documentary information and primary resources for further research in many aspects of these people's lives.
The collection consists of some 800 hours of audio recordings documenting life in approximately 450 different locations on the Prairies and across Canada prior to 1939, as well as video recordings, photographs, documents, field notes and other material associated with the project.
The collection consists of photographs of the event organized by the KuFC to celebrate Ukrainian Christmas in January 2019. The event was held at the Student Lounge at the Arts & Convocation Hall, University of Alberta, and was well attended by people from MLCS, Arts Centres and Institutes, and Ukrainian Canadian community. Traditional Ukrainian Christmas dishes were served and carols were sung by the participants.
The library houses thousands of publications on the topics of Ukrainian folklore and ethnography, general folklore theory, Ukrainian Canadian and other dispora community life, folk art, dance, music, and other.
The collection consists of photos and video footage from the event of the re-naming and additional gift by Drs. Peter and Doris Kule held in the Timms Centre, University of Alberta on 6 September 2006. Recognizing the contribution Ukrainian folklore plays in the development and preservation of Ukrainian culture and heritage, the Kules made another substantial gift to the University of Alberta in September 2006. To honor the Kules’ vision to see the centre expand and grow as a leading entity, the centre was renamed the Peter and Doris Kule Centre for Ukrainian and Canadian Folklore at a ceremony attended by several dignitaries including Dr. Indira Samarasekera, UofA President, and Dr. Daniel Woolf, Dean of Arts.
With this gift, the Kule Centre Endowment and the Kule Fellowship Endowment was established. Funds from the interest generated from these endowments is used for research projects, scholarships, publications and teaching. The Centre has been able to expand beyond Ukrainian Folklore to include Canadian Folklore studies, filling a much needed resource void in Western Canada.