In Chicago, the Ukrainian National Museum opened a new exhibit this week, “The Road from Maidan” which featured Gurniak’s photos of Ukraine’s recent fight for freedom. The opening night drew a large crowd of support from the Chicago community. Gurniak, an active member of PLAST in Ukraine, was honored by members from the Chicago Branch who came in uniform to stand in solidarity for one of their own.
Located in the heart of Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, St. Nicholas Cathedral has been a community center for as long as it has been a school. Built at the end of World War II by Ukrainian immigrants determined to pass down their culture, the school has always had a strong hold on the hearts of those tied to their mother country.
This is because both countries, as well as Belarus, claim the Medieval principality known as Kyivian Rus as their cultural heritage. This commonality has worked to foster both cooperation and conflict between these two neighbors, and in certain areas, has created an ambiguity that seems to blur the lines separating the two.