The Room of Olha Franko

The family went through a very difficult period when the illness of his wife Olha got worse and on December 17, 1914 Ivan Franko had to send his wife to the hospital.

She returned home from the hospital as late as 1918 after I. Franko’s death. Her sons, Taras and Petro, returned home after the war. The Kharkiv publishing house Rukh began to send money from the publication of I. Franko’s works. Her daughter Anna, who lived in the Transcarpathian region of Ukraine, visited her mother and was able to assist her financially. The sons did not live in the house for long. Under the Polish occupation, they could not find work in Lviv. Petro moved to Kolomyia, then to Kharkiv, from where he returned as late as 1937. Taras moved to Ryashiv, then to Stanislaviv. A young teacher, Ivan Yutsyshyn, rented the ground floor of the “lonely” house and was taking care of Olha Fedorivna.

Today the exposition of the room of I. Franko’s wife includes documents, her personal things, letters to her from Anna, Petro and Taras, books read by Olha in Ukrainian, French, German, English and Russian. There are photos of the Khurunzhyns’kys family as well as pictures of the famous figures of Ukrainian culture that Olha personally met and knew well. Photos of Olha’s daughter Anna with her husband Petro Kluchka and their sons Taras and Myron are also exhibited.

There are a sofa and an armchair, a basket with wool threads near the window. Franko’s wife used to sit in this armchair and knit colorful hats and skirts for her grandchildren. There are two old-fashioned fans and a box of women accessories in the wardrobe. The compositions of M. Lysenko, O. Nyzhankivs’kyi, P. Chaikovs’kyi,
F. Chopin, which Olha Franko liked to play, are found on the top of the piano. In 1939 Petro Franko bought a piano for his mother, knowing about her old dream. She truly enjoyed the instrument only for a short time.

On July 17, 1941 Ivan Franko’s wife passed away. She is buried at the Lychakiv cemetery, not far from her husband’s grave.