The Ukrainian-American Civic Center, also known as the "Narodnij Dim," Buffalo’s Oldest Ukrainian American community center established at the turn of the 20th century. The current building located at 205 Military Rd. Buffalo, NY was built in 1914 to serve the needs of the growing Eastern European immigrants centered around the Black Rock neighborhood.
The club provided an opportunity for newcomers to America to practice their culture, meet potential friends and mates, and it provided a venue for Ukrainian cultural events. In addition, the club provided a way for these new Ukrainian-Americans to learn about job opportunities from other Ukrainians.
At the time, the neighborhood was bustling with industrial activity, with a multitude of factories in the neighborhood, including Pratt and Letchworth Steel, Pratt and Lambert Paint, and Pierce Arrow. By the mid-2000, club membership was nearing only eight members.
Under new leadership, The Ukrainian-American Civic Center, as it is currently known, has welcomed a new generation of patrons with a series of special events including a raucous Oktoberfest celebration. Be sure to sample a bottle of Ukrainian Obolon beer or one of the other Slavic selections. The club is open to the public on Thursday and Friday evenings.
For more information, call (716) 877-7200.