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."

KOSCIUSZKO COMMEMORATION FUND

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.

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The New Kosciuszko Bridge Project

The Kosciuszko Foundation took 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.

From left: KF President Marek Skulimowski, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, KF Chairman Alex Storozynski and Dariusz Knapik during the grand opening of the first span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge.

The Bridge, which first part was opened on April 27, 2017, is one of the most recognizable landmarks, not only in the NYC, but also in the U.S. In cooperation with the NY DOT we secured that new Kosciuszko Bridge would keep the same name and the old plaques would be visibly displayed (special thanks to DOT staff: Robert Adams, Tadeusz Alberski and Christine Holowicz). The plagues were restored thanks to support of the foundation's long time friend Mr. Dariusz Knapik and his construction company.

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.

NEWS & EVENTS

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Petition on Kosciuszko House

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that President Trump's cuts will shutter the National Kosciuszko Museum. This is where Kosciuszko met with Thomas Jefferson and others to discuss ending slavery, the future of America's military and other issues.
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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 2:00 pm

Find Your Kosciuszko: Celebrate the Year of Kosciuszko in Your Neighborhood

It is believed that Polish and American war hero General Thaddeus Kosciuszko has been honored with more statues, monuments and other memorials in the United States than any other Revolutionary War figure except, of course, George Washington. This coming October 15th marks the 200th anniversary of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko's passing. To celebrate this anniversary the Embassy of the Republic of Poland invites you to FIND YOUR KOSCIUSZKO and organize a Kosciuszko 200 event in your neighborhood. 

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Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 5:30 pm

"Kosciuszko, Jefferson and History's Forgotten Man from Stockbridge" - a lecture by Dr. Gary B. Nash

In honor of the Bicentennial of General Tadeusz Kosciuszko's death, the KF Philadelphia Chapter hosts a public lecture by Gary B. Nash, Ph.D.: Kosciuszko, Jefferson & History's Forgotten Man from Stockbridge at the Museum of the American Revolution. The event is free and open to the public and is organized in cooperation with the Museum of the American Revolution and the U.S. National Park Service.

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Tuesday, October 3, 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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Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 7:00 pm

Celebrating the Year of Kosciuszko at the KF House

Join us for the reception recognizing KF Friends and Partners: Tadeusz Alberski and Dariusz Knapik for their efforts to have the Kosciuszko name shine brightly once again on the new Kosciuszko Bridge. The event will feature Kosciuszko dedicated art exhibit, talks, reception and live music.

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