CONTENTS FROM THE 1970 ORIGINAL COMMEMORATIVE BOOKLET REDESIGNED AS PART OF THE ARROW PARK HISTORICAL ARCHIVE – SEVENTIETH YEAR PROJECT — 1948-2018 ARROW PARK 1061 Orange Turnpike PO Box 465 Monroe, New York 10949 arrowparkny.com
ORIGINALLY WRITTEN/PUBLISHED 1970 FOUR IMMORTALS Foreword This booklet is a collection of literary sketches of four world-known poets - Taras Shevchenko, Alexander Pushkin, Walt Whitman and Yanka Kupala. In introducing this booklet, we want to acquaint you with a short history of the monuments to the Four Immortals and Arrow Park where the monuments were erected. The park itself is situated in the beautiful hills of Upper New York State. One of its powerful attractions is a large lake for fishing, boating and swimming. Its vast wooded areas make for a beautiful resting place for the park's members and their friends. This naturally provided resort complex is complemented by specially built cottages for guests who spend their summers basking in the sun and enjoying the clean fresh air. Originally purchased by the progressive Russian American community, Arrow Park has presently become the center for other groups, including Ukrainian Americans, Polish Americans and many other nationality groups, in this manner adding an international touch to the whole project. During the summer months, Arrow Park hosts Ukrainian, Russian and Polish Days, at which the respective cultural groups (choirs, dancers and orchestras) present their programs and popularize the rich cultures of their nations for the benefit of warmly responding diverse audiences. Guided by the spirit of friendship and cultural relations with their brothers across the ocean, the shareholders of Arrow Park set up a special body, known as the Arrow Park Cultural Project Committee. Its purpose was defined as measures to promote exchanges with the associations for cultural relations which exist in the Ukrainian SSR. the Russian Federation and the Byelorussian SSR. From the very start, the projected idea was to join efforts with the Ukrainian and Russian cultural societies to build monuments to Taras Shevchenko and Alexander Pushkin, these literary geniuses of the Ukrainian and Russian people who are also known throughout the world for their spirit of humanity and internationalism. The primary consideration of both projects was that they would enable the children of the emigrants and their grandchildren to acquaint themselves with the contributions these literary greats made toward the aspiration of their people for freedom and abundant democratic life.