The Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI) is the genealogy department of The Polish Mission.  The institute is a research facility that uses the rich resources of the Central Archives of Orchard Lake, and offers workshops, lectures and seminars on genealogy and Polish heritage.  PARI creates databases and hosts webinars for researchers who can’t visit the campus, and offers fee-based sessions for our guests.  Don’t hesitate to contact us to learn more about our genealogy and heritage programs.

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1939 Commemoration: The 75th Anniversary of WWII

Greetings!  You've reached the home for all information on the Polish Mission's annual commemoration of the outbreak of the Second World War in Poland, offered this year in continued cooperation with … [Read More...]


The Polish Mission contributes to 2nd Polish Corps war memorial

The Polish Mission was honored to financially participate in the construction of a memorial remembering the 2nd Polish Corps in the Polish War Cemetery at Monte Cassino. The official dedication of … [Read More...]


Portrait Studios of Polonia

Witness the zenith of Polish immigration to the United States through the camera lens. Dreams of a new life documented; hopes of weary souls captured; courage in the face of a new life preserved for … [Read More...]


Four Excellent Genealogy Opportunities!

The Polish Mission is celebrating five years of service to Polonia by participating in three national programs this spring and summer. The Early Bird registration is now open for the 2014 UPGS … [Read More...]


Lt. Col. Matt Urban: A Polish-American Hero.

This post is the home of The Polish Mission's support drive to raise awareness of Lt. Col. Matt Urban, who bears the following distinction from Arlington National Cemetery: "the World War II infantry … [Read More...]


The Polish Mission on your TV screen!

The Polish Mission returns from our toe-to toe bout with Anderson Cooper, Bill O'Reilley, and Dancing With the Stars to compete for the hearts and minds of television enthusiasts across Michigan and … [Read More...]


Congratulations Genia!

Genia Gorecki is a very familiar face here on the OLS campus.  Through years of dedicated volunteer work, she's become one of our most hard-working volunteers, recognizable by nearly everyone in the … [Read More...]

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Genealogy Roadshow: A Premiere Event

The Polish Mission presents the DPTV PBS Premiere of the Detroit Episode of Genealogy Roadshow with the POLANIE Dance & Song Ensemble and Traditional Polish Fare Pictured on our poster is … [Read More...]


PBS and The Polish Mission

The Polish Mission is partnering this Fall with PBS to bring Polish Heritage and Culture to viewers — our first event was Friday, September 6th. Our Friends of Polish Mission volunteers joined PARI … [Read More...]


Broadcasting Live Tonight!

Tune in tonight at 8 pm on Detroit's PBS for The Polish Mission's television debut!  PARI Co-Directors Ceil Jensen, MA, CG, Dr. Hal Learman, and our talented team of volunteers will be working the … [Read More...]

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