Upcoming Events

Dear friends of the Polish American Museum,

With great regret I must inform you that the event scheduled for the 22nd of March is being rescheduled for a date to be determined. This has come about as a result of the Corona Virus impact. Ambassador Winid one of our special guests was to attend a UN conference prior to our event facilitating his attendance at our event. The UN has cancelled the event due to Corona fears. Several of our out of state guests have also requested postponement until things get more defined.

I can assure you that the wait will prove worthwhile. Among the special guests will be General Michnowicz, a U.S. Army general of Polish descent currently under consideration for a division command. The first volume of a multi-volume series on the Polish Military in WW2 based on the individuals represented in the collections of the Center and Museum is likely to be released by the publisher and first author signings will take place then.  President of the Board Barbara Szydlowski will be unveiling her special labor of love, the new Blue Army exhibit. We are also trying to coordinate the event with Ambassador Winid’s schedule now that the initial conference was cancelled to permit his attendance.

On behalf of the Center & Museum, I appreciate your understanding,

Gerald M Kochan

100 Years Since the Restoration of Polish Independence

On March 23 at 3:00pm the Polish American Museum will host a special celebration of the 100 years of the restoration of Polish Independence at their location at 16 Belleview, Port Washington, NY

The theme is “North American Polonia and Polish Independence; the story of Poles crossing the Atlantic in both directions whether in pursuit of liberty in North America when fleeing foreign occupation or returning to defend a reconstituted Poland.

Featured Speakers include:
Jan Lorys, the historian of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago who will address the Blue Army’s Americans of Polish heritage odyssey to defend Poland.

Gerald Kochan, PAM and CMS director who will cover the impact of Polish veterans of WWII and their journey to the USA and Canada postwar. In particular how the latest round of exhibits illustrate their contributions wartime and postwar not just to their adopted countries but to keeping the idea of an independent Poland alive. An excerpt of a new book on the veterans featured in the CMS and Museum collection will be released.

Boguslaw Winid, Presidential Advisor to President Duda, former Ambassador to the UN and our newest CMS honorary board member will update us on some exciting happenings in Poland.

Basia Szydlowski, President of the Museum Board will briefly discuss upcoming plans and acknowledge supporters.

Refreshments will be served.

In April 2017, exact date to be determined, the dedication of a new exhibit detailing the history of the elite Polish Commando Unit will take place.  This exhibit features artifacts from both the commander and second-in-command of the unit.  It will also be dedicated by members of their families and other special guests.  The following is a sampling to tease you of what you might expect to see.

Major Smrokowski sharing blessed egg with his command during Easter 1944

Lieutenant Zalewski, (left front) leading the Commando company in a Parade Review 1942







Part of the display on Major Smrokowski

Captain Zalewski’s Commando uniform jacket.