Sunday, April 7, 2013

Exhibitor Profile-Polonica American Research Institute

Booth #337

 3535 Indian Trail
Orchard Lake, Michigan

 The Polish Mission of Orchard Lake Schools, founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants, is to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations.  Marcin Chumiecki, Director.

Genealogy Center — Polonica Americana Research Institute (PARI)
Discover your Polish heritage and family tree with help from the Polish Mission’s Polonica Americana Research Institute. It is here where families come together to research their roots, discover the villages and records of their ancestors, and document their family history. PARI has experienced staff to help guide you through online data bases, microforms, and other pertinent records. PARI is a FamilySearch affiliate and, therefore, has rental access to thousands of microfilms and microfiche to aid in the investigation of one’s family background. Additionally, our facility offers fee-based workshops, classes, and lectures for both groups and individuals. We share our space with the Polish Panorama, a 106 figure theatre which showcases 1,000 years of Polish history. Cecile W. Jensen, CG and Dr. Hal Learman, Directors.

The Galeria is proud to serve as home to one of the most prestigious collections of Polish art in the United States. The Galeria also hosts art competitions, changing exhibits, as well as a variety of cultural events such as gallery talks, films, and musical programs. Evelyn Bachorski-Bowman, Director.

Museums, Archives, and Rare Books
The Museums, Archives, and Rare Book Room are cornerstones of the Polish Mission’s rich history. Ever since our founding in 1885, Polonia has safeguarded their treasured objects so future generations can shape a better future by learning from a rich and storied past. Our ongoing work includes detailed conservation, exhibit development, and creating outreach programs. We continue to welcome new additions to our collections through donations. Beata Owczarski, Librarian.


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