November 9 President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko opened a Mekhailo Hrushevsky Museum in Kyiv, president's press office reported.
In his speech, the President welcomed the opening and said it was “a historic event.”
“Today we pay tribute to the great Ukrainian, the prominent man who was struggling all his life to see Ukraine strong,” he said.
Yushchenko said Hrushevsky was virtually present in all areas of our life.
“This man can be called ‘a Ukrainian chronicler,’ for he is the author of the fundamental History of Ukraine-Rus. This man should be praised for founding national science, for he was the head of the Shevchenko Scientific Group and the founder of national history schools in Lviv and Kyiv. Hrushevsky was also the founder of the Ukrainian state,” he stated.
He said that “his [Hrushevsky's] powerfully and clearly formulated idea of national consolidation is still topical.”
The President believes Ukraine is indebted to Hrushevsky.
“It is a great shame to say that we have only published six volumes of his works since we announced we would publish fifty volumes eleven years ago,” he said. “I do not think it is expedient to say in this company that there is a money problem. There is an attitude problem….”
The President demanded that Hrushevsky’s archive also be carefully studied and preserved.
“It would be great to academically research the biography of this great Ukrainian and his works,” he said.
Yushchenko said Mykhailo Hrushevsky, like Ivan Franko, was “a thinker of global magnitude and a herald of modern Ukraine.”
“Hrushevsky renewed national self-esteem and determined Ukraine’s place in the European community,” he said and quoted Hrushevsky: “The task of Ukraine's government is to restore natural ties of Ukraine with Western Europe and to convince the nation to adopt European ideals and values. The Ukrainian nation is a part of west-European circle not only because of its historical connections, which have linked Ukraine to Europe for centuries, but also because of its character.”
The President visited the museum and signed its book for honorary guests.
Verkhovna Rada Speaker Oleksandr Moroz and Kyiv Mayor Leonid Chernovetsky attended the opening ceremony.
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