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Conferences and travel

This file contains materials related to Dr Medwidsky’s involvement with and travel to various conference over the years. These materials include invitations, programs, abstracts, timetables, and workshops on topics related to the study of Ukrainian Canadians, Ukrainian culture, and Ukrainian and Slavic folklore.
Migrations is a book documenting the joint conferences in Chernivsti, Ukraine and Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1990 and 1991 respectively. The conferences covered the theme of Migrations from Western Ukraine to Western Canada. This file contains documents by Dr Medwidsky and others with regards to obtaining rights from presenters for the purpose of putting their papers into the book. Also contained are documents requesting rights from various archives for the use of photographs from their collections. Also included are various logistical documents and letters related to the development of the book.

Yakemchuk family

Nikola Yakemchuk, his wife, Domka (Pawliuk) and daughter Yelena arrived in Canada about 1895 and settled in the Hairy Hill area of Alberta. Prior to departing from Chernivtsi, Nikola had made an agreement with his brother Petro that when he became sufficiently established in Canada, he would send for him. This event occurred two years later.

Petro, his wife Yelena (Cherweniuk), their two sons Vasil and Nikola and daughter Anna arrived in Montreal via cargo ship from Romania in 1897, a voyage of six weeks duration. Due to the hardship of this journey, the infant Nikola died and rather than have their infant buried at sea, Yelena pretended to nurse him so that he could be buried on land upon their disembarkation. Following this, Petro, his wife and remaining family, traveled by train to Edmonton, Alberta where Nikola met them. The two brothers farmed together for several years in Hairy Hill during which time Anna, too, died. Petro and Yelena then moved to their permanent home site on a two and one-half section farm near Kahwin, Alberta. They would lose two more children: Vasilina at age seven and Anna at age three. In time the farm passed to their son Dmitro and after his death, remained in his family until March of 1975 when it was sold to the George Kapitsky family.

Cherweniuk family

Yelena Cherweniuk's (the wife of Petro Yakemchuk) two brothers George and Nikola Cherweniuk followed their sister to Canada (1912). George Cherweniuk left a wife (whom he later divorced) and a family behind in Bukovina. Two brothers worked together for a time in Winnipeg, Manitoba, saving money for a farm, however, Nikola elected to return to his homeland, leaving behind his share of the money in return for George's farm in Ukraine. George bough a farm near his sister Yelena, in Andrew. He married Magdelena Fedorak, sister of Lena Fedorak (who became Vasil Yakemchuk's wife). Unfortunately, she died with their infant daughter in childbirth, after which, George moved to Smoky Lake, Alberta.

George Cherweniuk married Domka Wedenivski, who journeyed to Canada by herself in 1926. Her uncle, Sam, owned a hotel in Smoky Lake, Alberta, and she worked there for three years until she met George.