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

Honcharenko’s Sanctuary

Honcharenko’s Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
1. Honcharenko’s Sanctuary Marker
Inscription.  Along the ridge behind this panel lies a 52-acre parcel of historical significance. This farmstead known as “Ukraina” was the home of Ukrainian patriot, writer, and publisher Father Agapius Honcharenko. He and his wife Albina lived here for 43 years during their exile from Ukraine. Born in Kiev in 1832, Honcharenko attended Kiev Theological Seminary and entered a monastery at 21. He was appalled by the Church’s suppression of peasants while the monks lived in luxury. This lead him to dedicate his work to the overthrow of the feudal system in the Russian Empire. His writings and activities earned him his revolutionary reputation among government officials. Among freedom fighters and patriots, he was respected around the world. Honcharenko faced many hardships including arrest warrants and death threats, forcing his escape to New York. In 1867, while being stalked by Czarist police, he moved to San Francisco. Finally in 1873, he was tracked to the west. Honcharenko sought sanctuary on the remote farm they purchased in the Hayward Hills. For decades, they quietly tended their orchards, while Honcharenki remained a champion of the underclasses. He died in 1916, a year after Albina’s death.

Russian Translation:
“Ukraina” - участок фермы и места погребения украинского патриота и сослал ортодоксального священника Агапиуса Хончаренко (1832-1916) и его жену Альбину. Хончаренко был первым национально сознательным украинцем, который прибудет в Соединенные Штаты.
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Он издал первую американскую газету на русском и украинском языках, Геральде Аляски, от 1868-1872. Он написал первую книгу для образовательного использования Родных Жителей Аляски. После перемещения здесь из Сан-Франциско в 1873, Он продолжал издавать политическую литературу, которая была ввезена контрабандой в Царскую Россию. Хончаренко был видным ученым, гуманитарный, и ранний чемпион для прав человека.
Erected by Garin Regional Park, East Bay Regional Park District. (Marker Number 1025.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionCommunicationsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1832.
Location. 37° 37.68′ N,
Honcharenko’s Sanctuary Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
2. Honcharenko’s Sanctuary Marker
122° 1.699′ W. Marker is in Hayward, California, in Alameda County. Marker can be reached from Garin Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1320 Garin Avenue, Hayward CA 94544, 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. Ukrania (approx. 1.3 miles away); a different marker also named Ukrania (approx. 1.3 miles away); A Land of Many Tribes - We Are Still Here (approx. 1˝ miles away); Signs of Change (approx. 1˝ miles away); Site of the Nation’s First Successful Beet Sugar Factory (approx. 3 miles away); Flight 93 Memorial (approx. 3.2 miles away); Lone Tree Cemetery Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 3˝ miles away); Legend of Lone Tree Cemetery (approx. 3˝ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hayward.
More about this marker. Marker is located across from the Garin Barn Visitor’s Center and the site of the sanctuary is approximately 7 miles from the marker. Currently the site is located in a closed area of the park and is not accessible by the public.
Regarding Honcharenko’s Sanctuary. This site was designated as California Registered Historical Landmark No. 1025 on November 24, 1997.
Statement of Significance:
“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.
Also see . . .  The Story of Agapius Honcharenko. (Submitted on January 16, 2010.)
Ridge Behind Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
3. Ridge Behind Marker
Father Agapius Honcharenko image. Click for full size.
4. Father Agapius Honcharenko
Photo Displayed on Marker
Garin Barn Visitors Center image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Syd Whittle, January 10, 2010
5. Garin Barn Visitors Center
As seen from near marker.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 3, 2019. It was originally submitted on January 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona. This page has been viewed 2,871 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 16, 2010, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

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