2017 Year of Kosciuszko

2017 year of kosciuszko

thaddeus kosciuszko (1746-1817)

Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko (1746-1817) was a national hero in Poland and the United States, freedom fighter and military leader, ardent advocate for the rights of European serfs, African Slaves, Native American Indians, Jews, Women and all other disenfranchised social groups on two continents; engineer and creator of the West Point. Kosciuszko was a precursor of the development of national awareness in its modern sense, embodiment of the principle of tolerance, called by Thomas Jefferson "the purest son of liberty, I have ever known."


The Kosciuszko Foundation is pleased to announce that it has established the Kosciuszko Commemoration Fund that is dedicated to assist Polish American community in celebrating the UNESCO-declared Year of Kosciuszko which marks the 200-year legacy of gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko since his passing in 1817.

The Fund is created from public donations and sponsorships, and will be used toward supporting a variety of projects throughout the country that stimulate community involvement, increase awareness and highlight the legacy and role of T. Kosciuszko in shaping the history of Poland and the United States.


The New Kosciuszko Bridge Project

The Kosciuszko Foundation takes a leading role within the Polish-American community to coordinate efforts with the New York State Department of Transportation with commemorating Thaddeus Kosciuszko on the New Kosciuszko Bridge in New York City.

The Bridge, which first part is currently under construction and planned to be opened in Spring 2017, will be one of the most recognizable landmarks, not only in the NYC, but also in the U.S. As it was agreed, the bridge's name plaques will be visible on the new pillars and two more will need to be manufactured for the second part of the bridge – to be completed in approximately three years. Additional ideas include placing information boards, sidewalk mosaics, photo-op elements and other local attractions commemorating Thaddeus Kosciuszko on the site of the bridge and in its vicinity.

Upcoming events


Monday, June 5, 2017

Essay competition for US Students


Celebrating the Life and Accomplishments of  Thaddeus Kosciuszko Fighter for Democracy

Eligibility:  Open to students currently attending high schools in the United States.  Contestants must attest that the essay submitted is their own work. 


Monday, July 31, 2017

Kosciuszko Bicentenary International Competition

Kosciuszko Heritage Inc (Sydney) together with The Kosciuszko Mound Committee (Krakow), The Kosciuszko Foundation (New York) and The Polish Kosciuszko Foundation (Warsaw), in honor of A Friend of Humanity announces an international competition in music, literature and graphic arts.

More than AUD $10,000 in prize money is on offer!

The competition opens on Feb. 4, 2017 (Kosciuszko's birthday) and will close on Jul.31, 2017.

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