MHClogo2007-web(Orchard Lake)….. The Polish Mission at Orchard Lake Schools announces it is the recipient of $15,000 to support two fall programs:  The Polish Mission Commemorates 1 September 1939 and Celebrates SS Cyril & Methodius 1909-2009. The Michigan Humanities Council awards National Endowment for the Humanities grants to Michigan non-profit organizations.  The funds will be used for The Polish Mission Commemorates 1 September 1939 and Celebrates SS Cyril & Methodius 1909-2009 events on the campus of Orchard Lake. The Polish Mission seeks to increase the community’s awareness of Poland’s suffering and strength during World War II and to spotlight SS Cyril and Methodius Seminary’s 100th Anniversary at Orchard Lake featuring Polish pastors, parishioners and parishes of Michigan.

The Polish Mission’s funding will facilitate the creation of an exhibition catalog and events based on museum holdings. These museums were created by  Polish veterans who came to Michigan as Displaced Persons and lived their adult lives in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties.

October is Polish Heritage Month and the fall event will document how Polish descendants impact Michigan’s farming, mining, forestry, industry, and politics. The Polish Mission will hold an old fashioned Polish harvest festival “Dożynki” on the grounds as a culminating activity.

Additional information will be available at or by contacting The Polish Mission at 248-683-0412. The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants was established to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish -American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art, and publications.

The grant preparation and submission was undertaken by Cecile Wendt Jensen, Michigan Polonia, LLC.