From Gdynia to Orchard Lake

We at The Polish Mission are proud to host Dr. Grzegorz Labuda and Anna Wroblewska from the Emigration Museum in Gdynia here in Orchard Lake! They’re both here for a couple weeks for a pioneer initiative co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the republic of Poland, from the Culture Promotion Fund.

The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools and the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan are proud to host a presentation/workshop in English for everyone interested in Poland’s premier emigration history institution, and their goal to connect Polish ancestry abroad with the Polish nation today.  The event Sunday, August 19th, at 3:00 pm at the Panorama Room of the Wotta Building at the Orchard Lake Schools campus. The mission of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia is to recount the fates of millions of both anonymous and famous people – whose names emerge in the context of great achievements in science, sports, business, and the arts. Through educational and cultural projects, the museum hopes to become a place of encounter and discussion. Our speakers will showcase the history of the museum, and highlight and explore current and future projects. Following the presentation, they will answer questions about the museum, historical topics, genealogical research, and others, so Polish-Americans can become better acquainted with their homeland roots.

The history of departures from the Polish lands is hundreds of years old. People traveled to different parts of the world for sustenance, in search of freedom, or for a different life. After Poland regained its independence, this situation remained unchanged. The journey was tackled on foot, by rail, aboard ships or – later – airplanes. After Poland joined the European Union, emigration became the experience of a generation of millions of young Poles. Today, almost everyone knows someone who chose emigration.

Today, there are more than 20 million people of Polish descent in the outside world. What do we know about one of the most important phenomena in Polish history? Can we save, from oblivion, the memory of millions of people who instilled their children and grandchildren with the remembrance of Poland? Can we feel what other Poles felt, as they were leaving their homes at the end of 18th century?Can we understand what it meant to emigrate at the beginning of 21st century? And what does emigration mean in the era of air travel?

Gdynia is witnessing the birth of the first museum in the country dedicated to the history of Polish emigration. From the initiative of the city’s authorities, the historical edifice of the Marine Station – which witnessed the departures of Polish ocean liners for decades – is now seeing the birth of an institution which will recount the migrations and fates of Poles in the world in close connection to the modernity. The history of emigration is being written every day. Its multiple dimensions are presented through our permanent exhibition.

The mission of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia is to recount the fates of millions of both anonymous and famous people – whose names emerge in the context of great achievements in science, sports, business, and the arts. It is the ambition of this institution to make them known to Poles at home, but it is also to encourage our compatriots living at home and abroad to get to know each other. Through educational and cultural projects, the museum hopes to become a place of encounter and discussion. We feel we fulfill a particular duty in achieving this end at the best possible address – Polska Street No. 1.

Our event is free and open to all! Thank you in advance for your free will offering! Complimentary refreshments will be available. Walk-ins welcome; RSVPs appreciated! Info/RSVP: JJ Przewozniak (248) 738-6720 or jjprzewozniak@orchardlakeschools.com

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