This week we have an item describing an exciting new collaboration between the Polish Mission at Orchard Lake and the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. Martin Chumiecki, the Mission Director, and Mike Smith, the Library Director, took a trip to Poland where they met with government, cultural and academic officials and leaders. The Library Director is a highly regarded archivist who will be working with the Mission to properly catalogue the archival materials at Orchard Lake. This is important because it will not only mean a better organized and more accessible repository of Polish and Polish American records, but it will make the Polish story more widely known and accessible to those outside of Polonia, an important result I view with great satisfaction.
Another interesting result of the collaboration between the Mission and the Library is the fact that Lech Walesa will be appearing on October 26, 2010 to inaugurate the opening of the Reuther Library’s nearly yearlong exhibit called “Solidarność: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom.”  Mr. Wałęsa will be a special guest of Wayne State University, and if you read the article, you will see the story of how this came about. Also as a result of the trip is the appearance of Dr. Piotr Cywiński, Executive Director of the State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau, on Sunday October 24, 2010 at the Holocaust Museum in Farmington Hills.  Dr. Cywinski’s visit is sponsored by the American Jewish Committee, Jewish Community Relations Council, Polish Mission, Reuther Library, and Wayne State University. Details are elsewhere in this issue and the event is free and open to the public.

An election is coming up on November 2nd. Polish Americans have an excellent reputation for turning out to vote, and frank Dmuchowski reminds us of the importance of voting in his piece on a recent fund raiser hosted by Stanley Grot and the Macomb County Republicans for Bill Schuette, the Republican candidate for Michigan Attorney General. Frank also uses the article to emphasize the opportunity to be involved in politics as a means to support and advance the quality of our government.

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