Observations

Thanks to our good friend and frequent contributor Barbara Gronet, we have coverage of the Polish National Alliance “South Seas” themed fundraiser banquet. You learn something new every day, and in the process of reviewing this article I learned that the plural of “lei” is also “lei” (meaning garlands of flowers in Hawaiian). If you read the article it is apparent that the party was a great success and great fun, and as the author suggests, it will hopefully be repeated!

This week we have extensive coverage of naturalization ceremonies surrounding the attainment of U.S. citizenship by immigrants, an event that holds much significance even for those like me who were born here in the good old U.S.A. Reflections on the contributions made by heroes like Kazimierz Pułaski, only the seventh person to receive honorary citizenship, as well as the contributions of all Poles and Polish Americans can be remembered with pride as the ranks of Americans continue to expand by the addition of many from diverse cultures.

Don’t miss the article by J. J. Przewozniak, the new Polish Mission Museum Curator for The Polish Mission of Orchard Lake. He is young, enthusiastic and intent on bringing Polish heritage to a young generation, as well as making it more accessible for all. His explanation of the new Oral History project and discussion of digitizing the Mission’s collection to make it available online demonstrate that progress is underway, and the results will be enjoyed by all.

Author Richard Noyce will lecture at the University of Michigan School of Art and Design in Ann Arbor on Monday March 14th. Noyce will focus on graphic design in Poland, a field of art in which Poland is justly renowned. See the Ad elsewhere in this issue for more details.

Speaking of the arts, does anyone know anything about a talented sculptor named Franciszek (Frank) Woltosz? We have an appeal by way of a Letter to the Editor from Cathy Martin of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler, Pennsylvania, a small town near Pittsburgh. The statues in her church were hand carved by Woltosz, and she is looking for information to include in a publication on the 100th anniversary of the church building. Can anyone shed light on this subject?

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