Our current Wikipedian-in-Residence (WiR), Piotr Puchalski is finishing his internship at the Institute at the end of July. He is moving to Madison, Wisconsin to continue his studies in global Polish history. We are therefore seeking his replacement, a volunteer Wikipedian in Residence at the Piłsudski Institute. Using the resources available in the Institute, its archives and library, the intern would work to expand the Wikipedia coverage in the topics related to the Institute and its resources, and help organize Wikipedia events etc.

We are looking for a person interested in the history of Poland, Central Europe and Polish/European emigration. Familiarity with Polish and Wikipedia editing are desired. With the help of Wikimedia NYC and Piotr,  we can also train the candidate the Wikipedia editing basics.

The Piłsudski Institute has a large number of resources related to modern Polish history as well as primary sources concerning outstanding historical figures and important events, for example soldiers who fought in both World Wars and Polish émigré activists and institutions. The Piłsudski Institute WikiProject contains information related to the the goals of the WiR and a listing of the proposed topics and activities.

While we seek someone to fill the position in-residence, we would also like to encourage Wikipedia enthusiasts to join the project remotely and contribute to the historical coverage of Wikipedia.

As mentioned in the recent bulletin, the Institute is making aggressive moves to ensure our long-term stability while concurrently seeking new permanent headquarters.  Our programs and extensive membership will be better served by a new, vibrant space in which we can dedicate ourselves to our mission and our goals.

Expanding Our Network 

The “Campaign for the Future” will ensure that the Institute’s programs thrive for years to come. In order to accomplish this goal, the Institute seeks to expand its network and introduce our programs/services to new individuals, companies and foundations.  Specifically, over the past 6 weeks, the campaign staff has performed extensive prospect researches and identified over 60 companies and foundations that have commercial and programmatic interests in both the U.S.A. and Poland.  We have subsequently written to these prospects seeking to launch a dialogue and/or secure philanthropic funding for the Institute.  The Development Team is continuing the outreach and cultivation of these and other logical prospects.

The Role You Can Play:

  • You can help the “Campaign for the Future” by either making a financial donation or by making an introduction to a donor, corporation or foundation which may be interested in supporting the organization. Coming soon you will see a dedicated “Campaign for the Future” hub online.
  • Hosting a “campaign briefing” at your office or in your home for a group of 10 or more interested individuals. If you are willing to assist in this way, please be aware that the Institute will send a representative to give a briefing on the Institute and why our Campaign is relevant.
  • Consider volunteering for “Campaign for the Future” by joining the “Campaign Steering Committee”. Committee members volunteer to support the Development Team’s objectives; members assist with mailings, introductions to potential supporters and assist in marketing the Campaign within their own network.

The Institute is a non-profit organization and therefore membership dues and donations are tax deductible.  Please make your check or money order payable to The Pilsudski Institute of America or make a gift online.  If you have any questions about the Campaign please contact the Institute by telephone or email. 

Thank you for your tireless commitment to our mission.

This year the  Jozef Pilsudski Institute of America awarded prizes to outstanding individuals in recognition of their achievements in five areas.

jan czekajewskiJózef Pilsudski Achievement and Leadership Award

– Jan Czekajewski

Jan Czekajewski is a scholar and specialist in the field of medical research. he is the owner of  "Columbus Instruments”, a firm exporting over seventy different scientific instruments to more than fifty countries around the world. John Czekajewski is involved in Polish communities, is a member of Polonia Technica and of PIASA. He is is active in journalism,  in defense of the good name of Poland and of Poles.

krzysztof szwagrzykWacław Jędrzejewicz History Medal

– Krzysztof Szwagrzyk

Doc. dr. Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, historian, head of the Office of Public Education in Wroclaw; he is a researcher specializing in the structures of the communist repression apparatus in Poland and the underground resistance in the years 1945-1956. He leads a team of scientists searching for the remains of victims of the communist regime buried in the Warsaw Powązki Cemetery .

tadeusz puaskiJoseph Conrad-Korzeniowski Literature Medal

– Tadeusz Płużański

Tadeusz Pluzanski is the author of " Beasts: Murderers of Poles" that includes records of investigative reporting of officers handing out court sentences during the  Stalin years after the war. He publishes in a number of magazines and heads the review section  in " Super Express" .

 

 

tadeusz-massalskiMarie Skłodowska – Curie Science Medal 

- Tadeusz Massalski

Professor T. Massalski is an outstanding scientist in the field of metal physics, professor emeritus at  Carnegie Mellon University, who holds honorary doctorates from the Technical University of Warsaw (1973) and Technical University of Turin (2011).

 

 

janusz skowron

Ignacy Paderewski Art and Music Medal

– Janusz Skowron

Janusz Skowron is an artist covering painting, drawing, and graphics. To date he has participated in over 100 exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Asia . He is a member of several arts-related organizations and organizes cultural programs for senior Poles living in New York.

Congratulations !

Józef Piłsudski - ze zbiorów Instytutu

The "Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Leadership and Achievement Award" was awarded to Bogdan Chmielewski, President and CEO of the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union. With this award Pilsudski Institute of America appreciates Bogdan Chmielewski's achievements of in the Polish banking in the United States and in support for the Polish-American institutions.

 

Wacław Jędrzejewicz History Medal - projekt Jerzy Kardasiński

The "Waclaw Jedrzejewicz History Medal" has been awarded to professor Wojciech Roszkowski, historian and economist, for contributions to research in the history of the twentieth century Poland and for historical education of the young generation.

 

 

Ignacy Paderewski Arts and Music Medal - projekt Kazimierz Kardasiński

The "Ignacy Paderewski Art and Music Medal" has been awarded to Alina Czerniakowska, filmmaker and television journalist, for achievements in the creation of films documenting the communist regime in Poland, biographies of prominent politicians and Polish patriots and important historical events.

The award ceremony will take place during the annual Pilsudski Institute Awards Gala on 30 October 2015.

Dzień Przyjaźni Polsko-WęgierskiejInstytut Piłsudskiego w Ameryce pomagał w organizacji pierwszego nowojorskiego Dnia Przyjaźni Polsko-Węgierskiej, którego celebracja odbyła się 23 marca 2014 o godzinie16:00 w Hungarian House przy 213 East 82nd Street.  Uroczystość zgromadziła bardzo liczne grono Polaków i Węgrów mieszkających w Ameryce. Niezwykle bogaty program artystyczny rozpoczął się polsko-węgierskim przywitaniem i wystąpieniem dyplomatów reprezentujących polski i węgierski konsulat. Następnie zgromadzeni goście obejrzeli film o 1000-letniej historii stosunków między obu krajami oraz występy tancerzy węgierskich oraz Polish American Folk Dance Company, a także polskich i węgierskich harcerzy. Po części oficjalnej zaproszono wszystkich na poczęstunek składający się z narodowych potraw i trunków.

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