State Historical and Cultural Preserve of Tustan, an mountaintop archaeological fortess site in the Carpathians, in western Ukraine.
Ukrainian museum news website (via Google Translate) about new protests about the illegal development of the site. In brief, the site is a protected preserve but this past summer a local businessman, with permission from the village council, began to build on the property. Appeals to the prosecutor general halted the construction, but just recently, it has begun again, altering the course of the river on the preserve.
Rather than wait for someone else to take action, a group of young people, led by the site's director, Vasyl Rozkho, organized a protest in the center of L'viv. A flash mob, photographs documenting the construction, costumed re-enactors, artists, artisans and others joined together to march and present a letter of protest to the city administration.
But equally important is what this says for historic sites everywhere. It feels like almost every day I have a conversation about a historical society or historic site where "no one cares" and "we can't get any young people involved." I'm not quite sure of the reasons that young people care about this particular site--but I'll speculate a bit.
But as I read this article, I thought back to several days spent with Vasyl and others this past spring--and the thing that makes a difference here--passion. This is not just a job, but a passionate commitment to sharing a part of a Ukrainian past. So think about your museum or historic site? Would young people in your community come out to save it? And if the answer is less than a resounding yes, perhaps its time to consider what you could do to make that difference.