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Archives are repositories of human cultural heritage, their mission to preserve it and make accessible to everyone. Wikipedia is a universal, global encyclopedia. Archives  have in their keeping original documents and artifacts from the past. Wikipedia has millions of articles on all possible topics, including history. Archives and Wikipedia  are thus natural candidates for partnership, drawing on the resources and strengths of both. The notes below are based on the experience of Pilsudski Institute - Wikipedia partnership for the past year and a half.

Why Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is the largest encyclopedia, openly accessible to everybody. Anyone who has access to the Internet can use it. Wikipedia has about half a billion views monthly, 250 language versions and contains some 20 million articles. (The Polish version has over a million  articles and is in the first 10 in size). Users increasingly reach for Wikipedia for basic information on any topic; it applies especially to the younger generation, for whom computer and internet are everyday tools.

The Pilsudski Institute has some 1.7 million pages of documents, on events in Europe and the U.S., from WWI to WWII to Cold War. Virtually anyone who wants to write about history of Poland, Germany, Austro-Hungary, Ukraine, Belarus, Soviet Russia etc., during WWI and in its aftermath comes to the Pilsudski Institute to study the sources. The Institute has also a large library of historical books covering the period. Other archives have similar treasures, and it makes sense to create a partnerships with Wikipedia, which can disseminate this knowledge very effectively.

The Pilsudski Institute cordially invites you to the screening of award-winning, feature documentary, with participation of the director Sophia Turkiewicz and the producer Rod Freedman.

“Once My Mother”.

Monday, November 24th, 6:30 PM
Pilsudski Institute, 180 Second Ave.

Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz investigates the reasons why her Polish mother abandoned her in an orphanage as a child and uncovers the truth behind her mother’s wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, leaving Sophia to confront her own capacity for forgiveness.

When Australian filmmaker Sophia Turkiewicz was seven years old, her Polish mother, Helen, abandoned her in an Adelaide orphanage. Sophia never forgot this maternal act of betrayal. Now in middle age, as Sophia examines her troubled relationship with Helen, she discovers the story behind Helen’s miraculous wartime escape from a Siberian gulag, her subsequent survival against the odds and the truth about an historic betrayal involving Stalin and the Allies. With Helen sliding into dementia, Sophia must confront her own demons. Did she ever truly know this woman who became her mother? Does she have it in her heart to forgive her? And is it too late?

"An epic story of survival told against a backdrop of war and its aftermath. With consummate skill, Sophia Turkiewicz weaves the personal with the historical, giving depth and meaning to both." - Peter Weir

"Once My Mother" received many awards, such as:

Audience Award – Krakow Film Festival
Best Feature Documentary - Australian Directors Guild Awards
Audience Award Best Documentary - Adelaide Film Festival
Best Of The Fest – The only documentary among five films
Audience Award Best Film - Canberra Film Festival
Selected for Tasmania Action Day Screening , BOFA Film Festival
Best Documentary Biography - ATOM Awards
Best Feature Documentary & Best Sound Nominations, AACTA Awards (Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts)

Film will be shown in English. The screening will be followed by Q&A session with our guests Ms. Sophia Turkiewicz and Mr. Rod Freedman.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.

More information about the movie: trailer, website, facebook.
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Archiwum Ukraińskiej Misji Wojskowej w Polsce z okresu lat 1919-1932, które zostało w całości udostepnione online, posiada teraz opisy i tytuły w języku ukraińskim. Ukraińska Misja Wojskowa w Polsce została utworzona w 1919 r. w Warszawie celem koordynowania wysiłku wojennego Ukraińskiej Republiki Ludowej w sojuszu z Rzeczpospolitą. 

Dzięki pracy naszej wolonariuszki, Anny Biesiadeckiej, opisy archiwalne, opisy zawartości teczek i tytuły dokumentów są teraz udostępnione po polsku i po ukraińsku. Same dokumenty są w większości po ukraińsku i częściowo po polsku. Więcej o projekcie na naszej stronie.

Zapraszamy do odwiedzenia! Prosimy również wszystkich korzystających o wypełnianie Ankiety użytkownika. Dane z ankiety pozwolą nam na lepsze spełnianie oczekiwań naszych gości Internetowych.

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Wielka_Aukcja2014The auction "Artists for History" will be held on Saturday November 15, 2014 , at the residence of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York (233 Madison Ave.), to benefit the Pilsudski Institute of America and the Polish American Museum in Port Washington. All those interested in art are invited to attend.

Program:
Music accompaniment - Grzegorz Furdyna
2 PM -  Pre-auction exhibition
3 PM -  Bidding – led  by  artist and collector Mieczyslaw Mietko Rudek, founder of the Emart Gallery.
5 PM - claiming of purchases and completion of auction formalities.
2 PM to 6 PM - Open bar and  snacks

Artists who support the Pilsudski Institute in this auction "Artists for History" create a new event in our social life. One hundred and eighteen (118) works of fifty-six artists will be exhibited, including those by Julian Stańczak, Hanna Bakuła, Andrzej Pityński, Janusz Kawa, Adam Niklewicz, John Hausbrandt and Jan Lebenstein. Some of the artists have already confirmed their presence at the auction, making it possible for prospective buyers to personally obtain information about their work. All the exhibits have been offered by the artists specifically for this event.

On Wednesday, October 29 the Institute signed a lease with the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, for the building located at 138 Greenpoint Avenue. The premises are in the heart of Greenpoint, close to the intersection with Manhattan Avenue.

The agreement is effective as of 1 January 2015. The first few months of 2015 will be taken up with the necessary modifications, installation of air conditioning for the archives, mobile shelving, and other archival equipment, in order to be ready and fully serviceable for all users, employees, researchers, and guests.

We are grateful to the Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union for leasing us this building on favorable terms.

We ask all our members and friends for financial support to cover the costs of moving and of the necessary furnishings.

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