The Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Maciej Golubiewski along with his wife Agata visited Philadelphia on November 27, 2017. He met with leaders of local Polonia organizations at the Kosciuszko House on Pine Street. Debbie Majka (Honorary Consul for Southeastern Pennsylvania), Peter Obst and Marie Hejnosz (Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia), Janusz Romanski (The Polish People's University) and Yolanta Roman and Sylwia Czajkowska (The Kosciuszko Foundation Philadelphia Chapter) were present. The Consul General was interested in the potential modernization of the House in order to attract more visitors. Also, a proposal of a new movie about Kosciuszko was discussed.
In 2017, several members of Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia and of the KF Philadelphia Chapter completed the National Park Service training and served as volunteer guides at the Kosciuszko House.
Our Christmas Dinner Theatre took place on December 9, 2017 at the Associated Polish Home in Philadelphia. The evening begun with the performance by the Toronto's Salon of Poetry and Music called " Good Evening Monsieur Chopin". Sharing oplatek, dinner and carolling followed. Our raffle prices were in high demand. All together an evening of fun!
On September 23, 2017 our Chapter hosted a Celebration of the Bicentennial of General Tadeusz Kosciuszko death at the Museum of the American Revolution on Third and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia.
Professor Gary Nash of UCLA, author of "Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Agrippa Hall" delivered a scholarly presentation entitled:
"KOSCIUSZKO, JEFFERSON and HISTORY'S FORGOTTEN MAN FROM STOCKBRIDGE"
Friends of Liberty tells the remarkable story of three men whose lives were braided together by issues of liberty and race that fueled revolutions across two continents. Thomas Jefferson wrote the founding documents of the United States. Tadeusz Kosciuszko was a hero of the American Revolution and later led a spectacular but failed uprising in Poland, his homeland. Agrippa Hull, a freeborn black New Englander, volunteered at eighteen to join the Continental Army.
"Friends of Liberty" is a great book to read on subject.
Dear members, friends and supporters of the Kosciuszko Foundation Philadelphia Chapter
I am pleased to announce our chapter's quarterly newsletter, "Quo Vadis." Your input, offerings and news are welcomed for publication. To subscribe, click here. Links to our current and past Newsletters are here.
President, The KF Philadelphia Chapter
April 16, 2016 saw the inauguration of Polish Cultural Salons in Philadelphia & New Jersey. The Polish Cultural Salon is inspired by the famous Thursday Dinners of King Stanislaw Poniatowski, where the king and his guests dined and discussed the literature, art and politics of the day. Our Salons take place in the private homes of KF Philly members and friends.