Polish Museum Library

Polish Museum Library Established in 1915, The PMA Library will celebrate its 100th Anniversary in 2015. You will find over 100,000 (52,600 cataloged) books in our specialized Library, both in the Polish and English languages.
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Sept. 1, Commemorating the 81st Anniversary of WWII - Westerplatte
09/01/2020

Sept. 1, Commemorating the 81st Anniversary of WWII - Westerplatte

"Ta wojna wybuchła przeciw Polsce, na skutek hitlerowskiego ataku" - tak rozpoczął swoje przemówienie na Westerplatte prezydent Andrzej Duda. "Jestem tu, bo po wielu latach ta uroczystość jest organizowana przez władze państwowe"
Dziś 81. rocznica wybuchu II Wojny Światowej

📸Michał Ryniak / AG

Muzeum II Wojny Światowej
09/01/2020

Muzeum II Wojny Światowej

1 września 1939 r. niemieckim atakiem na Polskę rozpoczęła się II wojna światowa, która pozbawiła życia miliony istnień ludzkich. To polski żołnierz pierwszy stawił opór najpierw niemieckiej, a później sowieckiej agresji. Pozostawiony przez sojuszników, nie tracąc wiary w zwycięstwo, walczył do końca z okupantami - zarówno na polu bitwy, jak i w konspiracji. Więcej: https://bit.ly/3hMXJ8a

100 years ago, Poland saved the West from Communism
08/16/2020
100 years ago, Poland saved the West from Communism

100 years ago, Poland saved the West from Communism

Poland was partitioned in the 18th century, contested by rival imperial powers through the 19th, invaded by the Nazis and Soviets in 1939 and occupied by the latter for nearly 50 years, during whic…

The Victory of Warsaw - August 15, 1920
08/15/2020
Polish Museum of America

The Victory of Warsaw - August 15, 1920

The Victory of Warsaw – August 15, 1920
The Great Victory of the Polish Armed Forces under the command of Marshal Józef Piłsudski and General Tadeusz Rozwadowski over the Bolshevik Army in the summer of 1920 stopped the Russians from occupying Western Europe all the way to the Pyrenean mountain range between France and Spain. This was the deciding confrontation during the 1919-1920 Polish-Bolshevik War, also referred to as the Polish-Soviet War, or the War of 1920.

08/03/2020
British Poles

British Poles

Polish fight for freedom presented in 4 minutes! Poland had to wait 50 years to regain freedom, fighting with 2 occupants - Germany and Soviet Russia. Watch this amazing video clip made for the Polish Institute of National Remembrance.
SO PROUD!
Source: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej
The movie is narrated by Sean Bean.

Culture.pl
08/01/2020
Culture.pl

Culture.pl

'They walked along ravines of former streets...'

In commemoration of the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, we invite you to listen to Unseen Soundwalks: Warsaw Rising '44, our special audio series covering the 63-day-long period’s most significant events 🇵🇱

Biblioteka Narodowa
07/05/2020

Biblioteka Narodowa

„Mój ogródek Trawniki - inspekty – warzywa” Wanda Dobrzańska, 1927

polona.pl/item/96464195

#Polona
#Patrimonium

Polish Museum of America
07/05/2020

Polish Museum of America

Happy Independence Day from the Polish Museum of America!
Postcard from an Independence Day Celebration, PMA Archives Postcard Collection | Pocztówka z kolekcji Archiwum MPA
Serdeczne życzenia z okazji Święta Niepodległości! #independenceday #polishmuseumofamerica

Polish Culture at Home: 8 Cool Websites for the Quarantine
06/28/2020
Polish Culture at Home: 8 Cool Websites for the Quarantine

Polish Culture at Home: 8 Cool Websites for the Quarantine

Due to the pandemic, many of us are advised to stay at home. But that doesn’t mean we have to stay away from museums, cinema, or music – it’s still possible to access a variety of cultural offerings online from the comfort of your abode. Here you’ll find a list of 8 cool websites (all with E...

"Jak spędzić wakacje""Where to spend holidays"
06/28/2020

"Jak spędzić wakacje"
"Where to spend holidays"

„Jak i gdzie spędzić wakacje?” 1930

polona.pl/item/95655404

#Polona
#Patrimonium

Biblioteka Narodowa
06/10/2020

Biblioteka Narodowa

„Nauka sztuki pływania podług metody zaprowadzonej w c. k. instytucie pływania w Wiedniu. Szczególnie dla użytku c. k. wojska wyłożona” Karl Heinitz, 1820

polona.pl/item/19120408

#Polona

Polish Art Humour During the Pandemic.Humor polskich artystów w czasie pandemii.
06/05/2020
Keep Your Chin Up: Polish Art Humour During the Pandemic

Polish Art Humour During the Pandemic.
Humor polskich artystów w czasie pandemii.

Times are hard and they demand of us that we behave responsibly and rationally. But a bit of humour can also come in handy to help us get through this difficult period. Culture.pl takes a look at some humorous and artistic Polish reactions to the lockdown and the pandemic.

Happy Children's Day!
06/01/2020

Happy Children's Day!

Folk Art at Home: Guide to Polish Paper Cut-OutsWycinanki
05/28/2020
Folk Art at Home: A DIY Guide to Polish Paper Cut-Outs

Folk Art at Home: Guide to Polish Paper Cut-Outs
Wycinanki

Polish ‘wycinanki’ are the beautiful paper cut-outs that can be found in shops and museums all over the world. Our step-by-step guide to their construction will help you make these colourful creations at home.

Polish Museum of America
05/19/2020
Polish Museum of America

Polish Museum of America

The Polish Museum of America celebrates Saint John Paul II 100th Birthday

Culture.pl
05/14/2020
Culture.pl

Culture.pl

Oh, to be in Chicago! ✈️

We take a look at the long history of the Windy City’s Polish community & the impact Poles have made there 🇺🇸 ❤️ 🇵🇱

Exercise, sunlight and fresh air for good health.
05/11/2020

Exercise, sunlight and fresh air for good health.

„Gimnastyka, światło i powietrze jako czynniki pielęgnujące zdrowie” Paul Jaerschky, 1907

polona.pl/item/97583314

#Polona
#Patrimonium

May 3 - Constitution Day - Adopted on 3 May 1791 in Warsaw by the Sejm of the Polish Republic, the Polish Constitution w...
05/03/2020

May 3 - Constitution Day - Adopted on 3 May 1791 in Warsaw by the Sejm of the Polish Republic, the Polish Constitution was Europe’s first and the world’s second modern constitution.

„Ustawa rządowa dnia 3go Maja 1791 uchwalona”

polona.pl/item/6794805

#Polona

Polish Parade
05/02/2020

Polish Parade

Muzeum Polskie w Ameryce pisze:
Serdecznie dziękujemy za to, co Państwo robicie, gratulujemy i podziwiamy.
Wszystkiego dobrego z okazji Dnia Flagi i Dnia Polonii. Niech się święci 3 Maja!
Przesyłamy nasze zdjęcia z kilku lat, są podpisane. Na zdjęciach z 2018 roku jest przedstawiona Śp. Pani Bożysława Andersohn, którą niedawno żegnaliśmy.

Przesyłamy Państwu wyrazy poważania i serdecznie pozdrawiamy,

Małgorzata Kot i Ryszard Owsiany
Małgorzata Kot, MA, MLIS
Managing Director | dyrektor zarządzający

May 2 - The National Day of the Flag of Poland
05/02/2020
2 maja – Dzień Flagi. Fotografie z zasobów IPN

May 2 - The National Day of the Flag of Poland

Biel i czerwień są z nami od pokoleń. Barwy narodowe towarzyszyły powstańcom wielkopolskim, żołnierzom walczącym o granice odradzającej się Niepodległej, były świadkiem wydarzeń państwowych. Były z Polakami w chwilach radości i smutku. Zrywane przez okupantów, wywieszane w powstań...

❤️🌎📚📕📗📘📙!
04/23/2020

❤️🌎📚📕📗📘📙!

Happy World Book Day! Radosnego Światowego Dnia Książki!
#swiatowydzienksiazki #pmalibrary #polishmuseumofamerica
#worldbookday #worldbookday2020 @ Polish Museum of America

04/20/2020

105! Thank you for another 5 great years together!

04/19/2020
Polish Museum of America

105 jubilee🥁

Today we celebrate the 105th Jubilee of the PMA Library! Best wishes to everybody who loves our Books, Librarians and Volunteers! #libraries #biblioteki #polesinamerica #polishmuseumofamerica #bibliotekaMPA

Wishing you a very healthy, happy and most blessed Easter!Życzymy zdrowych i spokojnych Świąt Wielkanocnych!
04/11/2020

Wishing you a very healthy, happy and most blessed Easter!
Życzymy zdrowych i spokojnych Świąt Wielkanocnych!

Dear Friends,
With a deep sense of joy, we wish you a very healthy, happy and most blessed Easter!
Let us not lose our spirit and resolve. This new experience will strengthen us all!
The Polish Museum of America
Dear PMA Friends and Supporters,
During this fast changing environment, we remain committed to fulfilling our mission of "Preserving the past to benefit the future". Although the Polish Museum of America is closed to the public, our staff continues their work from home. We are working on projects with the anticipation that you will be able to visit the PMA, participate in activities and enjoy our treasures when this current state of the coronavirus passes and we are able to gather in larger numbers. The PMA will remain closed to the public through at least April 30, 2020
In the meantime we keep you in our thoughts. 🕊
Szanowni Państwo,
z całego serca życzymy Wam zdrowych, błogosławionych i spokojnych Świąt Wielkanocnych!
Nie upadajmy na duchu, nowe doświadczenie nas wszystkich umocni!
Zespół Muzeum Polskiego w Ameryce

Drodzy Przyjaciele i Sympatycy MPA,

W obecnej sytuacji zdrowotnej i społecznej jesteśmy zaangażowani w wypełnianie naszej misji muzealnej, jaką jest „Zachowanie przeszłości dla przyszłości”. Pomimo tego, że Muzeum Polskie w Ameryce jest zamknięte dla publiczności, nasi pracownicy kontynuują swoją pracę w domach. Pracujemy nad różnymi projektami, oczekując, że będziecie Państwo mogli w przyszłości odwiedzić MPA, wziąć udział w rozmaitych spotkaniach i cieszyć się naszymi skarbami, gdy tylko obecny stan walki z koronawirusem minie.

Great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki has died, aged 86
03/29/2020
Krzysztof Penderecki – 1933-2020

Great Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki has died, aged 86

Krzysztof Penderecki was a composer and conductor. In the history of 20th-century music, his career stands out for his fast rise to the top, matched by none, with the possible exception of Stravinsky. He was born on 23rd November 1933 in Dębica, and died on 29th March 2020.

Polish Museum of America
03/16/2020

Polish Museum of America

Dear All,
Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Polish Museum of America and the PMA Library will be closed to the general public
effective Monday, March 16, 2020. We are sorry that our friends will not be able to visit the PMA, but the safety, health and the welfare of our staff, volunteers and guests is a priority. The PMA will be closed until at least March 30. All planned events have been cancelled.
Please check our website and page for updates or changes. Thank you for your support and understanding.
Please be safe!
🕊
Szanowni Państwo,
w związku z rozprzestrzenianiem się koronawirusa Muzeum Polskie w Ameryce i Biblioteka pozostaną zamknięte dla publiczności do 30 marca.
Decyzja ta została podjęta ze względu na bezpieczeństwo i zdrowie naszych gości, wolontariuszy i pracowników.
Wszystkie zaplanowane wcześniej spotkania zostały odwołane. Prosimy o sprawdzanie naszej strony internetowej w poszukiwaniu aktualizacji i zmian.
Dziękujemy za Państwa wsparcie i zrozumienie.
Życzymy wszystkim zdrowia!

The PMA Library closes to the public.
03/15/2020

The PMA Library closes to the public.

Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Polish Museum of America and the PMA Library will be closed to the general public effective Monday, March 16, 2020. We are sorry that our friends will not be able to visit the PMA, but the safety, health, and welfare of our staff, volunteers and guests is a priority.
The PMA will be closed until at least March 30. All planned events have been canceled.
Please check our website and page for updates or changes.
https://www.polishmuseumofamerica.org/news-updates/
Thank you for your support and understanding.

02/13/2020

In observance of Presidents’ Day
LIBRARY will be CLOSED
Saturday through Monday, February 15-17, 2020

Z okazji Presidents’ Day
Biblioteka będzie ZAMKNIĘTA
od soboty do poniedziałku, 15-17 lutego 2020

It’s Official! PALA Is ALA Affiliate
01/31/2020
Polish American Librarians Association - PALA

It’s Official! PALA Is ALA Affiliate

Did you hear the news? It's official! It took a bit of doing but the Polish American Librarians Association is now officially affiliated with the American Library Association. We will be celebrating the affiliation along with PALA's 10th anniversary this summer at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. Join us!

Prof. Zdzisław Pietrzyk, director of the Jagiellonian Library visiting the PMA Library.Wizyta dyrektora Biblioteki Jagie...
01/29/2020

Prof. Zdzisław Pietrzyk, director of the Jagiellonian Library visiting the PMA Library.
Wizyta dyrektora Biblioteki Jagiellońskiej, prof. dra hab. Zdzisława Pietrzyka w Bibliotece MPA.

75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We must never forget!Nie wolno zapomnieć!
01/27/2020

75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. We must never forget!
Nie wolno zapomnieć!

On January 27, 1945 the German Nazi concentration and extermination Auschwitz-Birkenau camp was liberated. Today we commemorate the 75th anniversary of this event.

At around 9 a.m. the first Soviet soldier from a reconnaissance unit of the 100th Infantry Division appeared on the grounds of the prisoners' infirmary in Monowitz. The entire division arrived half an hour later. The same day a military doctor arrived and began to organize assistance.

In the afternoon soldiers of the Red Army entered the vicinity of the Auschwitz main camp and Birkenau. Near the main camp they met resistance from retreating German units. 231 Red Army soldiers died in close combat for the liberation of Auschwitz, Birkenau and Monowitz. Two of them died in front of the gates of Auschwitz main camp. One of them was Lieutenant Gilmudin Badryjewicz Baszirow.

The first Red Army troops arrived in Birkenau and Auschwitz at around 3 p.m. and were joyfully greeted by the liberated prisoners. After the removal of mines from the surrounding area, soldiers of the 60th Army of the 1st Ukrainian Front marched into the camp and brought freedom to the prisoners who were still alive. On the grounds of the main camp were 48 corpses and in Birkenau over 600 corpses of male and female prisoners who were shot or died in the last few days.

At the time of the Red Army's arrival there were 7,000 sick and exhausted prisoners in the Auschwitz, Birkenau and Monowitz camps.

Online lesson about the evacuation and the liberation of Auschwitz:
http://lekcja.auschwitz.org/en_11_wyzwolenie/

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Cta #56 Milwaukee Avenue Bus or Blue Line to Division Street Stop (walk south on Milwaukee Avenue)

General information

Established in 1915, the PMA Library Centennial in 2015. The PMAL holds about 100,000 books (over 55,000 catalogued) in our specialized Library, both in the Polish and English languages. These books cover a variety of Polish subjects including, but not limited to: art, music, biography, culture, genealogy, immigration, and history. The public is welcome to use these resources for on-site research. Lending capabilities are reserved for Library and Museum members; membership is available for a very modest annual fee of $25, and also included in PMA memberships starting at the Patron level. Both English and Polish speaking personnel are available to assist library patrons with their needs. As a center for all PMA activities, the Library serves to connect the outside world with what is being done within our institution through press releases, media promotions and TV appearances, as well as research about historical events in Chicago for organizational anniversaries. The Library staff strives to ensure that the Museum and its collections become familiar to all who are interested. With limited budgets and resources, we use all available opportunities to be seen and heard. An important out-reach program is the specially prepared Library lessons for Chicagoland students. It has proven to be a wonderful opportunity for them to learn about the Museum and Library, our collections, and Polish and Polish American history. Currently, we have several programs dedicated to the preservation and growth of the Library. The “Save a Book” program, raises funds for the conservation of the Polonica Collections. The “Adopt a Book” program focuses on the purchase of new titles, “Rare Library Book Conservation” program. Monies raised in this fund will go to the sympathetic restoration of our oldest and most unique books; donations are very welcome. The most precious part of this collection is the 200 volumes of rare books and old prints from the 16th through 18th centuries. The subject matter ranges widely, although dominated by historical and historical-geographical works, as well as books on laws, rules, and regulations. All pre-1945 books will be entered into a database, a project currently underway. Thanks to the cooperation with the National Library of Poland and The Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, we selected the most rare and precious ones among the non-catalogued and will be able to restore and preserve them following the present guidelines. In honor of the PMAL’s upcoming 100th Anniversary in 2015, we plan to publish a complete catalog of the Rare Library Books Collection, highlighting the titles newly restored. The PMAL wholeheartedly appreciates the help offered by volunteers, of whom we have a constant need. We try to do as much as possible to keep down costs, and together, we accomplish wonders. Thanks to the efforts of staff and volunteers, the Library inventory procedures are complete. The Library is ready for full computerization, a process which began in 2011 with the PastPerfect Museum Software 5 program. With cooperation of the Chicago Cultural Alliance through special training sessions, PMAL staff was able to upload the many MS Excel spreadsheets created over the last few years into the combined database that is searchable by every Museum employee. PMAL has Polish OPAC provider MAK+ since 2013. Our newest contacts and interns from Loyola University, University of Chicago, and Polish American Librarians Association are very helpful in the implementation process. Computer-savvy volunteers will be greatly welcomed. With a computer program in place and organized, we hope that the Library will be able to join OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and make our special collections visible to the entire world. While we have a basic fund to start the process, however more monetary support is needed to accomplish this monumental task.

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Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 19:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00

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