Seen on the right are some of the members of the Supreme Assembly of Ruskyi Narodnyi Soyuz (which in 1914 became the Ukrainian National Association) who were elected at the organization’s third convention held in Mount Carmel, Pa., on January 2, 1896. Seated (from left) are: Yuriy Kyliak, supreme treasurer; John Glowa, supreme president; Father Ivan Konstankevych, supreme advisor; standing: Father Ivan Ardan, supreme advisor; Father Nicholas Stefanovych, supreme advisor; and Father Nestor Dmytriw, supreme auditor. Other Supreme Assembly members elected in 1896 were: Supreme Vice-President Oleksiy Kuryla; Supreme Auditors Oleksiy Shlianta and Constantine Koban; and Supreme Advisors Father Teofan Obushkevych, Theodosiy Talpash, Vasyl Krynytsky and Dmytro Kapitula. Soyuz at the time of the 1986 convention had more than 500 members, whose average age was 35.
A photo archive of UNA history has been launched on the UNA website. It is a work in progress that will be expanded and refined. To take a look, go to unainc.org/una/the-una-is-125-years-old/.