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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March 1 we mark the National Unbreakable Soldiers’ Remembrance Day (pol. Żołnierze Niezłomni)
03/02/2021

March 1 we mark the National Unbreakable Soldiers’ Remembrance Day (pol. Żołnierze Niezłomni)

March 1 we mark the National Unbreakable Soldiers’ Remembrance Day (pol. Żołnierze Niezłomni). Polish servicemen and women who fought for a free Poland with their own blood and life were nurtured by Poland’s Home Army (pol. Armia Krajowa)...

More such stories on our website. Visit us and stay with us for longer! [https://www.polishmuseumofamerica.org/cursed-soldiers/]

March 1 - National Accursed Soldiers Remembrance Day 🇵🇱
03/02/2021

March 1 - National Accursed Soldiers Remembrance Day 🇵🇱

Today we are celebrating the National Accursed Soldiers Remembrance Day 🇵🇱

The soldiers of the anti-communist resistance were “cursed” by the communists who erased them from the National Pantheon and distorted their history, hence the term Accursed Soldiers.

The National Accursed Soldiers Remembrance Day "is a tribute to the soldiers of the second underground resistance for their bravery, deep love for Poland, fond regard for patriotic traditions, and the blood they shed for their country," reads the explanation for establishing the commemoration.

The Accursed Soldiers are one of those historical phenomena which have been publicly discussed in recent years. The phrase refers not only to armed resistance as a method of struggle against the imposed regime but also to specific actions undertaken by units or decisions made by their commanders.

Read more about the phenomenon of the Accursed Soldiers, the stages of the dispute over them and the controversies around that topic.

👉 https://bit.ly/3uGHT5Q

This year, we are celebrating the Day, established by the Sejm of the Republic of Poland at the request of President Lech Kaczyński, for the eleventh time. The initiative was continued by the next president, Bronisław Komorowski, and also Janusz Kurtyka, the second head of the IPN was its great proponent.

The National Accursed Soldiers Remembrance Day is observed on 1 March, the anniversary of the 1951 murder of the last, 4th Board of the Freedom and Independence organization (WiN), the post-war follower of the Home Army’s struggle for independence.

Approximately 20 to 30 thousand people went through the ranks of WiN. It was, without doubt, the most important post-war underground organisation in Poland, both in terms of the number of its activists and the scale of its activities.

Read more about "Freedom and Independence" (WiN)

👉 https://bit.ly/2Pi8Hch

The Institute is hereby inviting everyone to see the outdoor exhibitions commemorating the lives of Witold Pilecki and Łukasz Ciepliński, to be opened by the IPN’s President Jarosław Szarek at noon on 1 March at Lot "Ł" of the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.

Both are examples of so-called “basic exhibits”, the first items in a new biographical project by the Office of National Education, aimed to present the most important issues from Poland’s modern through her most exceptional sons and daughters. The exhibits will be available until November.

Read more about the IPN’s activities commemorating The National Accursed Soldiers Remembrance Day.

👉 https://bit.ly/3pYPCsk

#AccursedSoldiers #DoomedSoldiers #CursedSoldiers #IPN

1 marca - Narodowy Dzień Pamięci „Żołnierzy Wyklętych”
03/02/2021

1 marca - Narodowy Dzień Pamięci „Żołnierzy Wyklętych”

🇵🇱 Żołnierze Wyklęci – oficerowie i szeregowi, kobiety i mężczyźni, ludzie z miast i wiosek. Różniło ich wiele, ale łączył jeden cel: Polska wolna od komunizmu.

W rocznicę mordu sądowego na oficerach Zrzeszenia „Wolność i Niezawisłość" wspominamy tych, którzy za marzenia o niepodległej Polsce zapłacili najwyższą cenę.

Poznaj ich historie: https://podziemiezbrojne.ipn.gov.pl/

Polish Museum of America
02/25/2021

Polish Museum of America

👉 In February, we mark the 100 anniversary since the Biennale of Tadeusz Pruszkowski and his St. Luke Fraternity Society in the Warsaw Zacheta Gallery. Our phenomenal PMA features his work and artists inspired by this renaissance man, Polish painter, designer and art critic. In Switzerland, France and Algeria, he studied Velasquez and Dutch masters....

👌 [For more interesting stories like this one, information, and photos, please visit our website. https://www.polishmuseumofamerica.org/tadeusz-pruszkowski-polish-painter-designer-and-art-critic/]

#bractwoswłukasza #tadeuszpruszkowski #polishfinearts #poland1920 #jancybis #janzamoyski #aleksanderjędrzejewski

Polish Museum of America
02/11/2021

Polish Museum of America

81 years ago February 10, 1940, Soviet NKVD began the mass deportation of Poles who lived in the Eastern regions of Poland.
As Nazi Germany, Soviet Russia wanted Polish intellectuals, military, business, and education echelons, landowners and religious leaders wiped out. Poles were transported literally like cattle in freight rail with no heat, hygiene, poor oxygen. Many children and adults died in route to very distant lagers...
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[For more interesting stories, information, and photos, please visit our website.https://www.polishmuseumofamerica.org/81-years-ago-february-10-1940/ ]
#sybiracy #Polonia #deportacje #sovietwarcrimes #gulagarchipelago

275 Birthday of Tadeusz Kosciuszko | PMA
02/06/2021
275 Birthday of Tadeusz Kosciuszko | PMA

275 Birthday of Tadeusz Kosciuszko | PMA

Tadeusz Kosciuszko celebrates his 275 birthday today. Here at PMA we are marking this great day for Poland and the world! Born Feb. 4, 1746 near Brzesc, in his 71 years.

01/30/2021
Polish Museum Library

Great read from 2012. Piękne opowiadanie Pani Julii Burnatowicz. A maturzyści dziś zdają maturę ustną z geografii. Powodzenia!

Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski was one of the fathers of Polish comics.
01/22/2021
Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski - Biography | Artist | Culture.pl

Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski was one of the fathers of Polish comics.

Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski was one of the fathers of Polish comics. He was the creator of the series about the adventures of Tytus, Romek and A'Tomek, and was better known as Papcio Chmiel (Pop Hops).

Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski was one of the fathers of Polish comics.
01/22/2021
Culture.pl

Henryk Jerzy Chmielewski was one of the fathers of Polish comics.

Odszedł nasz ukochany Papcio Chmiel...

Polish Museum of America
01/22/2021

Polish Museum of America

Today we mark the 158 anniversary of the Polish January Uprising (pol. Powstanie Styczniowe).

It erupted Jan. 22, 1863 inspired by decades of brutal tri-empire (Austria, Prussia, Russia) occupation of Poland It was the final effort of 3 major endeavors by Poland to throw off the yoke of oppression.
The genealogy of Polish territorial integrity defense goes back 800 yrs to the Piast royal dynasty. Konrad Mazowiecki, Duke of Mazowia established a peaceful coexistence with Prussia and the Teutonic knights in the 1240s. His Pomeranian lands welcomed the German monks who reciprocated by ambushing the royal city of Plock and burning its Cathedral. Ever since Polish kings fought off Prussian invaders until the Jagiellonian dynasty monarch wiped them out for good in 1410 at Grunwald. This perennial victory established a distinct Polish golden heritage of just war policy in defense of unalienable human rights. Poland became a hallmark for democracy, envied and sought to be destroyed by barbarians. The Jan.1863 Insurrection fell in autumn 1864. It's Comdr. Gen. Romuald Traugutt, devoted father of a large family, and his staff were hanged by the Russians at the Warsaw Citadel. Russia sent Poles to die in the tundra of Siberia. But the Insurrection solidified a sense of nationhood among the peasants and nobility.
The next time Poland and Russia (Bolsheviks) met at battle in 1920, European civilization was once again rescued by a nation of modern day gladiators who stopped worldwide communism. The climax of Poland’s love for freedom and will to sacrifice came in 1944 during the Warsaw Uprising against German bloody hegemony.
Today we also celebrate the 100 birthday of 1 of its youngest heroes, Polish poet, soldier Krzysztof Baczynski who gave his life for a free Warsaw.
B. Czerkawski

#powstaniestyczniowe #traugutt #kkbaczynski #polishuprisings

Polish Museum of America
01/21/2021

Polish Museum of America

❤️🌹 Today, January 21 we celebrate Grandmother’s Day (pol. Dzień Babci) and January 22 we appreciate Grandfather’s Day (pol. Dzień Dziadka).

❤️🌹 In our world which seems to be rocked by stormy seas of fear and anxiety, Poland is a wonderful safe harbor where families still honor their elders, their grandparents. Many adults were provided with care as infants and children by their grandparents because beside fathers, their mothers were forced to work for infrequently mediocre wages as political transitions imposed economic hardship.

For 50 years after the end of WWII, Poland was unjustly assigned its distressful fate behind the Iron Curtain. This meant that Polish society was not only stripped of Western relief like the Marshall Fund, but Poles were forced into practically slave labor which built the Soviet controlled socialist economy, euphemistically called the Council of Mutual Economic Assistance (pol. RWPG). Several generations of Poles owe their upbringing to their Grandmothers and Grandfathers. Beside the excellent manners, beautiful tradition and a most secure optimistic outlook on life embedded on those grandchildren who were so fortunate, the continuity of nationhood was defended. The unfathomable wealth and indomitability of Polish culture survived centuries of attacks by barbaric forces thanks to heroic Polish Grandmothers and Grandfathers.

🌹We salute all those Grandparents who are with us today and we pray for the souls of the Departed.🌹
🌹Niech żyją Babcia i Dziadek! Long live Grandma and Grandpa!🌹

Beatrix Czerkawski

Books dedicated to Mieczyslaw Haiman, the first PMA curator.Książki z dedykacją od autorów dla Mieczysława Haimana, pier...
01/12/2021

Books dedicated to Mieczyslaw Haiman, the first PMA curator.
Książki z dedykacją od autorów dla Mieczysława Haimana, pierwszego kustosza MPA.

Happy 84th🌹Z bukietem 84 róż!
01/12/2021

Happy 84th🌹Z bukietem 84 róż!

The Polish Museum of America celebrates 84 years since its opening on Jan.12, 2021. Ceremonially opened in 1937 at Polish Roman Catholic Union of America building HQ Milwaukee and Augusta, it was and is today the only Museum representing Polish History and Arts in the North and South American hemispheres. Conceived primarily as an Archives Center covering the uncharted plethora of Polish American history, this brainchild of M.Haiman, Polish American history pioneer and first curator grew into a professional institution filling quickly with artefacts. Opening day drew delegates from all PRCUA office branches located across the vast USA. The freshly built Main Hall complete with spacious stage and galleries was full to the brim. Present were Joseph Kania, PRCUA President who cut the ribbons, Chicago Mayor Kelly, Polish and French diplomats and Illinois officials. The Polish Historical-Museum Society emerging one month later enabled vital fundraising. Valuables of Polish culture, history on American soil found a wonderful home at PMA. Here one can marvel an unmatched assortment of Kosciuszko personal effects. The Paderewski Room showcasing the virtuoso’s original 1917 Peace Treaty quill pen and apartment opened Nov.3, 1941. Come along on our virtual online tour to meet Polish Painting Masters like the Kossak family, Jan Styka, Jan de Rosen Byzantine style story teller, to see sculpture from the Zakopane school to the 1 and only Szukalski. Temporary displays and permanent exhibits like the 1939 NY World Fair Polish Pavilion inebriate the proactive quality of this legendary institution. Bewitching folk costume design and colors, arrays of military uniforms, orders, weapons, rare books and letters written by Polish kings treasured in the Museum Library are just a fraction of our collection. Visit our website immediately! #polishmuseumofamerica #pmachicago #polishhistory #muzeumpolskiewameryce #OurHistory

01/11/2021
01/11/2021
Książka rękopiśmienna, inkunabuł, starodruk
01/06/2021

Książka rękopiśmienna, inkunabuł, starodruk

Polish Museum of America
01/06/2021

Polish Museum of America

Peace and prosperity on the occasion of Epiphany! Pokoju i pomyślności z okazji Święta Trzech Króli! 👑👑👑Tree Kings, print from the PMA Maria Werten Collection

Maria Werten - painter, graphic artist, designer, was born in Warsaw and died in Los Angeles. During 1932-1937, she cooperated with the American organization in Poland, the International School of Art, established and directed by Elma Pratt, with offices in Zakopane and Warsaw. Within its framework and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which sponsored this venture, Werten traveled to the United States, where she lectured on Polish Art, conducted courses, and organized exhibits. Within five years, she held twenty-seven courses, over two hundred lectures and discussions combined with exhibits, which she carried out in forty-one of the larger cities, gaining recognition as a promoter of Polish culture in America. Maria Werten’s collection was assigned to The PMA by the artist herself in 1948. It consists of nearly ninety objects, signed and unsigned, sealed with the stamp of the International School of Art, some of which do not seem to be her own work. #mariawerten #epiphany #trzejkrólowie #świętotrzechkróli

Polish Museum of America
01/06/2021

Polish Museum of America

Peace and prosperity on the occasion of Epiphany! Pokoju i pomyślności z okazji Święta Trzech Króli! 👑👑👑Tree Kings, print from the PMA Maria Werten Collection

Maria Werten - painter, graphic artist, designer, was born in Warsaw and died in Los Angeles. During 1932-1937, she cooperated with the American organization in Poland, the International School of Art, established and directed by Elma Pratt, with offices in Zakopane and Warsaw. Within its framework and in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs which sponsored this venture, Werten traveled to the United States, where she lectured on Polish Art, conducted courses, and organized exhibits. Within five years, she held twenty-seven courses, over two hundred lectures and discussions combined with exhibits, which she carried out in forty-one of the larger cities, gaining recognition as a promoter of Polish culture in America. Maria Werten’s collection was assigned to The PMA by the artist herself in 1948. It consists of nearly ninety objects, signed and unsigned, sealed with the stamp of the International School of Art, some of which do not seem to be her own work. #mariawerten #epiphany #trzejkrólowie #świętotrzechkróli

Biblioteka Narodowa
01/05/2021

Biblioteka Narodowa

„Nie zdrowo. Przepisy zdrowia, obowiązujące wszystkich ludzi bez wyjątku” D Berger, 1887

polona.pl/item/89761335

#Polona
#Patrimonium

Polish Museum of America
12/31/2020

Polish Museum of America

🥂 Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Colored photographic postcard - New Year, [Szczęśliwego] Nowego Roku; Couple in costumes toasting; emblem with an eagle; 5.5"x3.5"; verso - blank; More: https://polishmuseum.pastperfectonline.com #happynewyear #szczęśliwegonowegoroku #nowyrok2021 #newyear2021

Polish Museum of America
12/31/2020

Polish Museum of America

🥂 Happy New Year! Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Colored photographic postcard - New Year, [Szczęśliwego] Nowego Roku; Couple in costumes toasting; emblem with an eagle; 5.5"x3.5"; verso - blank; More: https://polishmuseum.pastperfectonline.com #happynewyear #szczęśliwegonowegoroku #nowyrok2021 #newyear2021

Książka rękopiśmienna, inkunabuł, starodruk
12/25/2020

Książka rękopiśmienna, inkunabuł, starodruk

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia oraz Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku.
12/23/2020

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia oraz Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku.

🌲 Colored photographic postcard - Christmas, Wesołych Świąt; Children playing, Christmas tree in the background; behind the girl - more toys - sled, tabletop doll house; 3.5"x5.5"; More: https://polishmuseum.pastperfectonline.com

Polish Museum of America
12/19/2020

Polish Museum of America

🎬TVP Polonia, Polish TV, filming a program on the Polish Museum of America to be broadcast on January 8, 2021 #tvppolonia #piotrorlowski #richardowsiany #malgorzatakot #eugeniuszjarzabek

50🕯
12/17/2020

50🕯

Today, December 17 (Black Thursday) we mark the solemn 50 anniversary of the 1970 massacres in Gdynia and Gdansk (Polish Baltic port cities). The communist regime in Poland raised prices for bread and butter, freezing salaries in heavy duty labor like steel mills and shipyards. The majority of goods made in Poland were sold in exchange for minimal compensation to Polish manufacturers or simply shipped to USSR free of charge. Dec.15, 1970 shipyard workers in Gdynia and Gdansk said enough and organized committees to negotiate better wage/work conditions with authorities. They were ignored, many lost jobs. This sparked the initiative to go on strike, but first protest rallies, marches were held to give Party bosses and patience a chance. During these peaceful marches communist security agents mixed in with the crowd using violence to provoke reaction and induce attacks on police. Polish troops (27,000) faced their own people. Innocent marchers, bystanders were taken to commissariats where they endured sciezki zdrowia (police-created lanes through which individuals were heavily beaten by each officer). Young Polish workers displayed herculean will power to calm tensions rising by the minute. The first casualty was a shipyard carpenter shot dead by police. Forces opened fire on men going to work in Gdynia. Doors-makeshift stretchers were used to carry mortally wounded teenagers like Zbyszek Godlewski. Hundreds of shooting victims filled hospitals. Out of this tragedy, the archetype of Solidarity, Independent Trade Unions (pol. WZZ) were born. This Polish catalyst for the downfall of communism changed the world for the better. B. Czerkawski
Photo shows a PMA Library gem by Jerzy Eisler titled December 1970 (publ. 2012 by IPN) cover: Gdynia County Building on fire. photo: protestors carry the body of Zbyszek Godlewski on door, Gdynia Dec.17, 1970. #onthisday #gdyniamassacre #gdynia #polishprotests #CzarnyCzwartek #blackthursday #poland🇵🇱 #wolnezwiazkizawodowe #grudzień1970 #instytutpamięcinarodowej

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984 N Milwaukee Ave
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60642-4101

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

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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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But My servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed Me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. 25 Now the Amalekite and the Canaanite dwell in the Vale; tomorrow turn ye, and get you into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea.' {P} 26 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying: 27 'How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, that keep murmuring against Me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they keep murmuring against Me. 28 Say unto them: As I live, saith the LORD, surely as ye have spoken in Mine ears, so will I do to you: 29 your carcasses shall fall in this wilderness, and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, ye that have murmured against Me; 30 surely ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I lifted up My hand that I would make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh
The Feast of Corpus Christi or the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ is celebrated on the Sunday after Trinity Sunday. Saint Stanislaus Church began their procession in 1902. There were altars set up around the neighborhood where the Priests and the Blessed Sacrament stopped for prayers and benediction. Many homes were decorated with flowers and statues. These are just a few pictures. Your contributions will make it even better! I am looking for your old photos to share on this website; (such as class pictures or any school pictures, church related and church wedding pictures, pictures of immigrant families, neighborhood pictures, corner stores, etc.) All items will be returned to you. If you would like to share your memories of, growing up Polish, attending your church or school etc., please e-mail me at [email protected] Your stories need to be told. Your memories matter, before they are lost to time.
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May is the month of Mary. In the good old days this meant it was time for May Crowning! Click on the picture at left to learn and see how it was celebrated at Erie’s four Polish parishes. These are just a few pictures. Your contributions will make it even better! I am looking for your old photos to share on this website; (such as class pictures or any school pictures, church related and church wedding pictures, pictures of immigrant families, neighborhood pictures, corner stores, etc.) All items will be returned to you. If you would like to share your memories of, growing up Polish, attending your church or school etc., please e-mail me at [email protected] Your stories need to be told. Your memories matter, no matter how big or how small!