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February 11th? Or February 16th?
Why not celebrate PĄCZKI DAY on both days?

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to find out why...

On February 28th, 2021
submissions are due for the contest

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Sponsored by Polish American Congress-Wisconsin Division, the contest challenges all to give their knowledge of Polish heritage a test by identifying images on the new cover of the "Do You Know Poland?" booklet.

Do you know Poland

► download the booklet here ◄


Click here for the submission rules and more info about the contest

Wouldn't it be nice if the winner emerged from our club?

On February 18th at 4pm,
all are invited to the lecture
sponsored by CREECA and our club

by Prof. Donald Pienkos

Visit the event's calendar page
for more information about the lecture and links to registration & suplemental materials provided by the speaker (registration required)

On February 18th at 11am,
Polish music funs can join the webinar sponsored by Copernicus Center for Polish Studies at MU to hear Prof. Maciej Lewenstein detangling the arcane world of

Free Improvisation and Jazz Avant-Garde in Poland:
From Tomasz Stańko to Mikołaj Trzaska

Visit the event's calendar page
for more info and to register

On February 24th at 1pm,
  learn details of the September 2021 trip to Poland during event IT'S TIME TO TRAVEL held in  Polish Center of Wisconsi

View the event's PDF flier
for more information

In a series of lectures recorded on the invitation from the Polish Center of WI, Prof. NEAL PEASE (UW-Milwaukee) explains how

2021PCW lecture

2021 KF galleryThe Kosciuszko Foundation Gallery listed in the Do You Know Poland booklet is now open for virtual tours.

The gallery showcases works by great Polish painters including Jan Matejko, Józef Chełmoński, Jacek Malczewski, Wojciech Kossak, Tade Styka, Józef Brandt, Władysław T. Benda and others.

The gallery is located in the Van Alen Mansion, one of the NYC's architectural treasures, the KF home since 1945.

Click here - or on the image above -
to enter the gallery.

Poland Through the Centuries:
Who, What, Where, When?

In a series of lectures recorded on the invitation from the Polish Center of WI, Prof. NEAL PEASE (UW-Milwaukee) explains how much Poland, and the very idea of Polishness, has changed over the centuries

Click here - or on the image below -
to view first the lecture2021PCW lecture


From the Kosciuszko Foundation FB page, here comes an extraordinary online report from the journey along the frontiers of pre-war Poland - including the territories of today's Poland (Kashubia, Greater Poland, Silesia), through the Czech Republic and Ukraine, to Belarus, Latvia, and Lithuania.

"The journey is not about stone pillars, but ordinary people who, despite the atrocities of the 20th century, were trying to survive on the erased border,"
say authors Tomasz Grzywaczewski and Kaja Grzywaczewska.

Begin the journey here


Fat Thursday (Tłusty Czwartek) is the real Pączki Day in Poland. This feast begins the last stretch of carnival - six final days called in Poland ostatki. Polish media consistently estimate that Poles consume about 100 milion pączki on this special day. The uncontested favorites are pączki filled with rose petal jam.

This period of intense carnival partying and food feasting ends in Poland with Śledzik (literally meaning "A Little Herring").  Known in English as Herring Day or Herring Night, this is the last Tuesday before Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent) and its name comes from the lean herring dish being served as the harbinger of the upcoming 40 days of fasting.

The Pączki Day in the United States is usually celebrated on Fat Tuesday (or Mardi Grass), called also the Shrove Tuesday. However, the large Polish community in Chicago (IL) celebrates the Pączki Day on both Fat Thursday and Fat Tuesday, while Buffalo (NY) has perhaps the largest Fat Thursday events outside of Poland.

This year Fat Thursday falls on February 11th and Fat Tuesday on February 16th. These dates change every year as they are counted back from the movable date of Easter Sunday depending on the Moon cycles (first Sunday after the first Full Moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox).

But whether on Fat Thursday (February 11) or Fat Tuesday (February 16th), have a wonderful Pączki Day 2021

paczki day


January 26, 2021 at 7 pm
PHC BOOK Club meets to discuss

by James Conroyd Martin

The author will attend the meeting

From GoodReads: " Engaging and opulent, THE WARSAW CONSPIRACY unfolds as a family saga set against the November Rising (1830-1831), partitioned Poland’s daring challenge to the Russian Empire. Brilliantly iIlustrating the psyche of a people determined to reclaim independence in the face of monumental odds, the story portrays two brothers and their fates in love and war.

VISIT THE PHC BOOK PAGE for more information

The 32nd edition of the POLISH FILM FESTIVAL in Chicago has started on November 7th and continues through November 22nd. Unable to travel to Chicago? The streaming passes are still available at the festival website:
►festival schedule◄
►the list of movies◄

Through November 18, Polish Film Festival in Miami streams four documentaries in a series
a cinematic journey through the pristine beauty and rich culture of the region. Streaming is free but you need to create an account at the PFFM website.

Do Something Polish to celebrate


October is Polish Heritage Month, a month in which Americans of Polish descent (about 10 million strong) are especially proud of their roots, Polish achievements and over 400 years of their presence in the lands of the contemporary USA.

Some fun and interesting things to do in October 2020 are listed below
this short account of how come October became the Polish Heritage Month.

From President Reagan's Proclamation 5229 signed on August 17, 1984:
The millions of Americans who trace their ancestry to Poland have made vast contributions to our Nation. Tadeusz Kościuszko and Kazimierz Pułaski crossed the ocean to help the American colonies win their independence. Throughout the last two centuries, thousands of Polish Americans have fought bravely to help preserve that independence. Polish Americans have also made outstanding contributions in the arts, the sciences, and in industry and agriculture. Through these efforts they have helped in innumerable ways to establish a strong and free United States.

The story goes back to the first celebration of Polish Heritage that took place in Philadelphia in August 1981. The event was organized by Michael Blichasz, the President of the Polish American Cultural Center in Philadelphia, with assistance of Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District (and since 1986, the national Polish American Congress).

Amid the event's rising popularity, growing national interest and succeful lobbying, U.S. Representative Robert Borski (D-PA-03) sponsored House Joint Resolution 577 aiming to designate the month of August as "Polish American Heritage Month." The H.J.R 577 became public law after President Ronald Reagan signed it on August 7, 1984.

Just ten days later, he issued Proclamation 5229 in observance of this occasion and paying tribute to four great sons of the Polish nation: Tadeusz Kościuszko, Kazimierz Pułaski, Pope John Paul II and Lech Wałęsa.

President Reagan continued to issue similar proclamations every year through the end of his presidency but in 1986, the Polish American Heritage Month was moved to October. This was done partly to help schools organize celebrations during the school year, and in part to coincide with the arrival of the first Polish settlers in Jamestown, Virginia on October 1, 1608 (twelve years before the Pilgrims reached the Massachusetts). October is also the time to commemorate the deaths of Polish heroes of the American fight for independence: Kazimierz Pułaski (October 11, 1779) and Tadeusz Kościuszko (October 15, 1817).

Some fun and interesting things to do in October 2020

"Poland: A History of Political Elections and Important Anniversaries"
A three part course offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Lectures are delivered on October 6, 13 and 20 via Zoom. For cost and other details, visit the event's page in our calendar.

A Polish Mistress of the Brush: OLGA BOZNAŃSKA, a Kosciuszko Foundation webinar about one of the most renowned Polish female painters taking place on October 7 , recording is now available on youtube .

October 8th is the National Pierogi Day in the United States.

Talking about the Polish food, a new round of the FLAVOR of POLAND episodes airs on Saturdays at 12pm on the flagship Wisconsin PBS channel (WPT-1). The series is also broadcast in lower resolution on the Create (WPT-3) channel on Mondays at 11 am and 3 pm, with repeats on Saturdays at 10 pm.
Our club is a proud sponsor of the series.

Meet Krzysztof Meyer, one of the greatest modern Polish composers invited to deliver the 2020 PENDERECKI LECTURE-RECITAL, in the renewned Polish Music Center in California. This annual event commemorates Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941), a pianist, composer, politician (the first prime minist-freeer of independent Poland after WWI), humanitarian, and orator, who was greatly acclaimed as a virtuoso musician and a statesman. Links to pages with lots of information available on the lecture's page in our calendar.

Tune in to hear the MadPolka DJ Szymon Woźniczka spinning some awesome Polish music between 9am - 12pm on October 12 and October 26.

On October 13th, Milwaukee's Jewish Museum hosts a virtual tour of POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, Poland. A Q&A session follows this guided tour.Visit our calendar page
for more information.

Between October 1 and November 18, Polish Film Festival Miami (PFFM) streams a documentary series GET TO KNOW POLAND: PODKARPACKIE, a cinematic journey through the pristinplee beauty and rich culture of the region:
Open Range/Wypasiony Raj (2017) by Rafał Gużkowski
The Residents of Moczary/Moczarowi mieszkańcy (2016) by Rafał Gużkowski
Master and Apprentice/Mistrz i uczeń (2020) by Katarzyna Mazurkiewicz
The Armorer Must be a Musician/Płatnerz musi być muzykiem (2017)
by Katarzyna Mazurkiewicz

Streaming is free but you need to create an account at the PFFM website.

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