October 4, 2019
The following is a statement by Andrew Gregorovich, Vice-President of the Shevchenko Museum
Two negative articles about the Shevchenko Museum have been published recently on FaceBook. The articles are both ignorant examples based on incorrect sources with a strong bias. Wrong and confused about basic facts they suggest the Museum is a "communist stalinist work". They are ignorant criticism claiming that the Museum is totally controlled by the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians. In fact, it is an arms length relationship between the two. I joined the Board in 1995. I have served as President of the Museum for a number of years and I never had any problems in my relationship with the AUUC. I established the Museum website on the Internet in the year 2000. We have had over half million visitors.
The Museum published a trilingual Kobzar in Ukrainian, English and French. Canada Post released a Shevchenko postage stamp on the request of the Shevchenko Museum. The Museum does not practice any political activities. It is all about Taras Shevchenko and the Ukrainian and Ukrainian Canadian culture. The criticism is totally biased.
The Ukrainian Canadian community is invited to the grand opening of the Shevchenko Museum on October 20, 2019 at 1604 Bloor Street West, Toronto. The manager of collections of the State Shevchenko Museum in Kyiv, Yulia Shylenko, is a special guest at the opening. Admission is free. Everyone welcome.
Andrew Gregorovich, Vice-President