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Polish Cultural Institute & Museum News The Museum collects, exhibits, interprets & disseminates the heritage of the Kashubian Polish Culture. We want you to know what's happening at the museum!
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The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum resides in a three-story building built in 1890 by the Laird-Norton Lumber Company. It is located on the southeast corner of Second and Liberty Streets in Winona, Minnesota. Purchased in 1977 by Rev. Paul J. Breza, it was intended as a museum-storage area for the “Committee for Polish Affairs” – later known as the Polish Heritage Society. Aborted by its parent organization shortly after inception, the Polish Museum’s few remaining volunteers patched, painted, plumbed and plastered a lumber yard office into an appropriate showplace for the history of Winona’s vibrant Kashubian Polish community. The upper floor of the museum houses a “temporary” archive of the Diocese of Winona.The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum also maintains Winona’s Kashubian Polish traditions through events and other initiatives. Smaczne Jablka (Apple Day) is celebrated annually along with recognition of other important holidays. Every summer, the Polish Museum sends two or three Winona high school students to Winona’s sister city of Bytow, Poland for a month, and arranges for two or three Bytow high school students to spend a month in Winona. Volunteers from the Polish Museum perform concerts, make public appearances in the Winona community, and maintain Internet resources dedicated to furthering an appreciation of Kashubian Polish culture.

Mission: The mission of the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum is to collect, exhibit, interpret, preserve and disseminate the heritage of the Kashubian Polish Culture.

Operating as usual

09/19/2020

Good morning everyone,
Our Museum remains closed through 9/26/2020
Check back for further details.

09/12/2020

Hello, Everyone
The Museum Will Remain Closed 9/19/2020
Please Check Back For Updates.

08/29/2020

Even though the Museum remains closed, our apple stand on 363 E 2nd is open!
Stop by and grab a bag, or two!
Have a great weekend, everyone

08/14/2020

Happy Friday everyone.
The Museum remains closed through 8/16/20.

08/07/2020

The Polish Museum remains closed, thru 8-9-20.

06/26/2020

CLOSED
Due to the spike in the number of cases
of COVID-19 in the local area, we will not be opening at this time. Please check our page @ polish cultural institute & museum news, email [email protected] or call the Museum at
507-454-3431 and leave a message. We’ll get back to you A.S.A.P.

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE.
04/12/2020

HAPPY EASTER, EVERYONE.

04/12/2020

Unfortunately with the Covid-19 situation, the Museum's Constitution Day dinner, has been canceled.
Stay safe, everyone.

03/20/2020

We are sorry to announce that the Polish Museum, will be closed until April 1 2020, possibly later.
Our Dyngus Day Volunteer appreciation dinner scheduled for April 13 2020 is canceled as well.
Please check kcc2020.org for updates postponements and cancellations pertaining to the year long celebration.
If there are any questions, please email us at [email protected].
Take care everyone and be safe.

Thanks to a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant, we recently migrated our collections database to Collector S...
02/12/2020
Collector Systems

Thanks to a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant, we recently migrated our collections database to Collector Systems, an online cloud-based catalog. Click on this link to browse part of our collection of historic photographs called "Cabinet Cards":: https://gallery.collectorsystems.com/PolishCulturalInstitute/2992

Each photograph contains more information if you click on it!

The Day Poland Stood Still: Memories from the Introduction of Martial Law
12/13/2019
The Day Poland Stood Still: Memories from the Introduction of Martial Law

The Day Poland Stood Still: Memories from the Introduction of Martial Law

On Sunday 13th December 1981 at 6am, Polish radio and TV broadcasted an address by General Wojciech Jaruzelski. Repeated over and over again, it informed Polish citizens that martial law was being introduced. Culture.pl has gathered the memories of various artists from that day. Where they were when...

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10/07/2019

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10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona — how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona — how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona — Lorraine demonstrates weaving on the loom — how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona -- how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona -- how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona -- how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona -- how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

Not Only Apples you will find @ Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM) today in Visit Winona #OnlyInMN #TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona -- how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Smaczne Jablka Festival in Visit Winona -- how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

10/06/2019

#OnlyInMN Visit Winona Smaczne Jablka fest in full swing - let us know how do you like Your Apples? 😀🍎🍎👇👇#TastyApples2019

Polish Cultural Institute & Museum News invites you all to Visit Winona #OnlyInMN to experience #TastyApplesFest also kn...
09/28/2019

Polish Cultural Institute & Museum News invites you all to Visit Winona #OnlyInMN to experience #TastyApplesFest also known as the tongue twister #SmaczneJabłka - Sunday, October 6, 10am-4pm
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Final preparations for Smaczne Jablka! Our, big fest is only 12 days away. Sunday October 6. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
09/24/2019

Final preparations for Smaczne Jablka! Our, big fest is only 12 days away. Sunday October 6. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

09/23/2019
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Join us on October 6,2019 for this years event Visit last years Tasty Apple Festival with this video.

It's a question that has racked Winona for years. How do you pronounce "Smaczne Jablka?" The Polish Museum's annual apple festival is one of Winona's biggest celebrations of Polish-American heritage, but how do you say it?

Polish Cultural Institute & Museum News Winona, Minnesota

Production by Nathaniel Nelson
Reporting by Chris Rogers

09/21/2019
Winona Post

Winona Post

It's a question that has racked Winona for years. How do you pronounce "Smaczne Jablka?" The Polish Museum's annual apple festival is one of Winona's biggest celebrations of Polish-American heritage, but how do you say it?

Polish Cultural Institute & Museum News Winona, Minnesota

Production by Nathaniel Nelson
Reporting by Chris Rogers

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Kashubian Capital of America Note: This essay represents only the extremely unofficial opinion of the webmaster. Winona, Minnesota proudly claims the distinction of being the Kashubian Capital of America. Winona has never been a purely Kashubian settlement, as were its contemporary settlements in Renfrew County, Ontario and Portage County, Wisconsin. But Winona’s Kashubian community quickly grew larger than these other two communities. The 1900 US Census placed Winona’s population at 19,714 people. At about the same time, Hieronim Derdowski – editor of Winona’s Polish-language newspaper Wiarus – estimated Winona’s Polish population at 5000 people, with 4,000 being of Kashubian descent. Granted, Chicago’s Kashubian parish of Saint Josaphat claimed a membership of 5,000 parishioners in 1902. But Chicago’s Kashubians were but a fraction of its Polish community. By contrast, Winona’s Kashubian Poles made up 20% of Winona’s population, and 80% of its Polish community. Moreover, Winona’s Kashubian community was already playing an important part in Winona’s society by 1900. From the 1870s on, Kashubian Americans like Teofil Jakob Sikorski and Jozef Milanowski had served Winona and Winona County as aldermen, school commissioners, county commissioners and even as Minnesota state representatives. First-time visitors to Winona could not help but notice the most prominent item of the city’s skyline – the church of Saint Stanislaus Kostka, erected in 1894-1895 by the Kashubian community. The newspaper Wiarus and its (sometimes) notorious editor Derdowski were known throughout Polonia – that is, the Polish immigrant community in North America . Nowhere in Polonia had a Kashubian immigrant community established itself to such an extent, not even in Chicago. But just how Kashubian did the immigrants consider themselves in 1900? Even before the Civil War, Winonans had referred to them as “Polaks” and “Polanders.” The Kashubians’ neighborhood was originally known as “Warsaw.” After the parish of Saint Stanislaus Kostka was established in 1871, it was staffed with priests who spoke “good Polish,” not Kashubian. The parish school educated its students in “good Polish,” and Derdowski prided himself on having taught his Kashubian readers “good Polish.” As Polish immigration from all three partitions of Poland picked up speed after 1870, the concept of Polonia as a Polish nation within the America became more and more popular. Instead of the grinding poverty which had forced Kashubians to seek a better life in America, they could now embrace nearly a millenium of glorious Polish history and high culture extending from Mieszko the First to Tadeusz Kosciuszko. Their Kashubian accents and vocabulary still remained, but in all other respects Winona’s Kashubian immigrants had become essentially Polish. This “Polonization” of Winona’s Kashubian community was unavoidable. Nor, despite the Kashubians’ resistance to Polonization in the old country, was it a bad thing in the new country. Hieronim Derdowski himself had stated, even before emigrating to the United States, that “there is no Kashubia without Poland and no Poland without Kashubia.” The Kashubian culture had no greater admirer than Derdowski, who was in fact Kashubia’s first published poet. Still, Derdowski recognized that the Kashubians themselves had never constituted a nation by themselves, and never would. Therefore he believed that the Kashubians’ destiny was as a part of a reunited Polish nation. Like many other Polish intellectuals living in the United States, he placed the highest priority upon working toward Polish reunification. In changing over from an isolated Kashubian settlement to an important outpost of American Polonia, Winona’s Kashubian Polish community was following the trajectory set out by its greatest and most famous member, Hieronim Derdowski.

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Monday 10:00 - 15:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 15:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 15:00
Thursday 10:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

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I am proud to say that I just joined the Polish Cultural Institute and Museum. I look forward to visiting the Museum in Winona soon. In the meantime, please take care and stay safe everyone who works there. My very best to Father Breza. Ray
I am hoping to learn more about the Kashubian history. However, I am confused. I realize that the Kashubs are part of Poland now, Have a history with Germany, but always were essentially a separate nationality unfortunately without a country for many, many years. Why is your Museum that states it is it's mission to keep Kashubian culture alive called the Polish Cultural Institute & Museum? Which is it? Kashubs without a country or Polish....or even German?
https://www.polishcenterofwisconsin.org/assets/Flyers/2019/Auschwitz%20Exhibit%202019%20Flyer%201.pdf
Hello! I’ve started a FB group for the Kaszubowski family (and related surnames). I know there are a lot of us in Wisconsin and Minnesota! If you are interested in this family line and research, please join. Thanks!
I was very glad to see that my novel, The Fourth Courier, a spy thriller set in Poland at the end of the Cold War, is featured in the literature section of the Polish Cultural Institute of London's monthly newsletter. I thought I would share it with other Polish organizations. Thank you for your consideration. Here's a link:
krampus night is coming up on December 5th.
My wife and I visited the museum on Oct. 19, 2018. We were extremely impressed with the exhibits and the tour we were given. My great-grandmother, Josephine Zywicki, was born in Winona in 1885 to John and Anna (Jaczkowska) Zywicki. I am anxious to visit again to see if there is any information about them in the genealogy archives.
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A new book on Polish spirituality--Check it out: http://actapublications.com/seasons-of-the-slavic-soul/
Over the past 20 years Doctor Kielbasa has made their mark in polka history in Minnesota & the upper Midwest region, playing some of the largest polka festivals around (Twin Cities Polish Festival, Wisconsin Dells Polka Festival, Minnesota State Fair, etc). And, maybe most importantly, their trademark black "Doctor Kielbasa" t-shirts can be seen at polka/polish festivals everywhere, as the fans love them! Here is the first track off of the band's third album, recorded in 2007 on Sunshine Records. Enjoy! Song: Gather 'round the Bandstand Polka Band: Doctor Kielbasa Album: Tastes Like Chicken