urodziny201713On March 6, 2017, our Museum celebrated the 272nd Casimir Pulaski’s birthday anniversary. Traditionally, the local community gathered in front of the Pulaski manor in Warka-Winiary to honor the memory of the Hero at the foot of his monument.

The celebrations attracted many distinguished guests: Press attaché Alice Chu and LTC Lynne Schneider from the Defense Attaché Office with the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, Adam Pietrucha from the Cultural Heritage Department at the Ministry of Culture and National Defense, Col. Slawomir Krywko, representing the Under Secretary of State for Defense Prof. Wojciech Falkowski, Head of the Culture Section at the Department of Culture, Promotion and Tourism of the Mazovian Province Marshal's Office Slawomir Ignaczak, Grojec District Secretary Sylwia Pietrasiewicz, representing Grojec District Governor Marek Scislowski, Warka Deputy Mayor Teresa Knyzio, district councilors, town councilors, ORP “Gen. K. Pulaski” Commander Pawel Werner, Vice-President Prof. Slawomir Bukowski from the Department of Staff Development and International Cooperation at the Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Wyszogrod Mayor Jan Boszko, Polish Society of War Veterans and Former Political Prisoners Secretary General Waldemar Wojtan, Sports and Tourism Museum Director Tomasz Jagodzinski, Museum of Romanticism in Opinogora Director Roman Kochanowicz with staff, American Corner Radom representatives, Casimir Pulaski Automotive and Electrician Trade School Complex in Czestochowa Director Tomasz Dobosz, Grojec District Deputy Police Chief Pawel Kalinowski, Dean Fr. Stanislaw Dobkowski, as well as representatives from various local schools, institutions, and organizations. Artur Dybanowski, Grand Marshal of the Pulaski Parade in New York in 2015 and President of The Pulaski Association of Business and Professional Men in New York was our special guest this year.

The celebrations commenced when Patrycja Lisek and Julia Donica sang the national anthems of both Poland and the United States. Museum Director Iwona Stefaniak welcomed the guests and presided over the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the foot of the Casimir Pulaski Monument.

Soon after, the gathered visited a new open-air exhibition entitled “I was here in... 1967-2017” (Byli tu... 1967-2017), depicting celebrities from the worlds of film, theater, music, drawing, graphic design, politics, and diplomacy, who have visited The Casimir Pulaski Museum over the 50 years of its existence.

The guests were shown to the Museum and Education Center to participate in the ceremony unveiling the winners of the first stage of the fifth PULASKI'S TWO FACES. History and maritime competition (Historyczno-marynistyczny konkurs DWA OBLICZA PULASKIEGO). The competition is aimed at all secondary school students from the entire Mazovian province.

Later, the audience could enjoy a screening of the film “Raising spirits. Casimir Pulaski Day Parade” (Ku pokrzepieniu serc – Casimir Pulaski Day Parade), followed by a speech by the film director Artur Dybanowski, who had been the Parade’s Grand Marshal in 2015. The 272nd birthday celebrations were also reflected in the speech by Commander Pawel Werner. Both Commander Werner and Mr. Dybanowski were presented with commemorative Casimir Pulaski Medals for disseminating the knowledge on the Hero of Two Nations.

In recognition of the 50 years of Casimir Pulaski Museum, Director Iwona Stefaniak had been named Honorary Grand Marshal of the 80th Pulaski Parade in New York, which is scheduled to take place on October 1, 2017, and asked to participate.

The ceremony concluded with a concert entitled “Violin and Guitar Classics from Pulaski to modern times” by Strzelecki-Garlinska Duo, including Mateusz Strzelecki (violin), and Paulina Garlinska (guitar).

The Casimir Pulaski Museum would like to cordially thank all guests for their active participation and engagement. We would like to especially thank our partners and sponsors for helping us organize the 272nd Casimir Pulaski Birthday Anniversary: The “Manor at Dluga Street” Municipal Cultural Institution, Zajazd na Winiarach Restaurant, WARKA Brewery, and KAZANA Bakery – Alicja and Jozef Kazana from Warka.