“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Hayward in Alameda County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)


Ukrania Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
1. Ukrania Marker
Inscription.  “Ukraina” is the site of the farm and burial place of the Ukrainian patriot and exiled orthodox priest Agapius Honcharenko (1832-1916) and his wife Albina. Honcharenko was the first nationally conscious Ukrainian to arrive in the United States. He published the first American newspaper in Russian and Ukrainian languages, The Alaska Herald, from 1868-1872. He wrote the first book for the educational use of Native Alaskans. After moving here from San Francisco in 1873, he continued to publish political literature, which was smuggled into Czarist Russia. Honcharenko was a prominent scholar, humanitarian, and early champion for human rights.
Erected 1999 by California State Parks, the East Bay Regional Park District and the Ukrainian community of California. (Marker Number 1025.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionCivil RightsCommunications. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
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37° 38.424′ N, 122° 0.584′ W. Marker is near Hayward, California, in Alameda County. Located north of Garin Regional Park. For easier access, walk one mile south from the end of Carden Lane. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Castro Valley CA 94552, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Ukrania (a few steps from this marker); Honcharenko’s Sanctuary (approx. 1.3 miles away); A Land of Many Tribes - We Are Still Here (approx. 2.3 miles away); Signs of Change (approx. 2.3 miles away); Lone Tree Cemetery Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Legend of Lone Tree Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Robert McDonald (approx. 3.3 miles away); Lone Tree Cemetery (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hayward.
More about this marker. This site is California Historical Landmark No. 1025, designated November 24, 1997.
Regarding Ukrania. As a youth, Father Honcharenko observed noblemen in Russia living in splendor while their workers barely survived. He retreated to a world of religious study only to discover inequality in the Church. As a lifelong activist for social justice, he received death threats from his own government, eventually leading to his immigration to America. After
Ukrania Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, 2017
2. Ukrania Marker
years as a hunted man, he found sanctuary on this beautiful, remote spot. He lived here for 43 years growing fruits and vegetables while continuing to promote social reform through his writings. He conducted worship services and baptisms here, and was laid to rest near his beloved Albina.
Also see . . .  Garin Regional Park. (Submitted on March 16, 2020, by J. Makali Bruton of Accra, Ghana.)
Additional keywords. California Historical Landmark, CHL
Burial Site image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Baker, September 19, 2021
3. Burial Site
Located near the marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 14, 2022. It was originally submitted on March 9, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 536 times since then and 143 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 9, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   3. submitted on September 20, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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