MEDICAL SOCIETY POLISH-AMERICAN PROJECTS
The Kalejdoskop Polski MN project started with the purpose that the story of the Polish-American Community, especially the stories of the post-WW two immigrants who moved to Minnesota. The goal is to add information about the postwar Polish American immigrant experience in Minnesota culture and America.
The project aims to educate about issues of immigration, diversity of Minnesota population, the importance of oral history narratives from micro history perspective and touches upon many universal values (solidarity, dignity, freedom, resilience, post-traumatic growth, community building, inclusiveness, health access and equity.
We will consider it a success if Polish-Americans feel included in Minnesota’s story of immigration, and if observers experience a powerful sense of empathy in witnessing the stories through a positive and compassionate lens.
The project combines oral history interviews with documentary photography. Grzegorz Litynski leads the visual history part of the project. He is the Head of the Department of Travel, Documentary Photography, and Photojournalism at the Technical University in Katowice, Poland. Grzegorz focuses his research and works on visual history, and he has conducted numerous research and collection projects in Europe, North America, and Asia.
Dr. Katarzyna Litak is the exhibition 's curator, project manager and graphic designer. She conducted oral history interviews for the project.
Phase One of the project focusing on Polish Solidarity era refugees has been completed. Phase Two of the project focusing on WWII era refugees is in progress. This multi year project has been planned for five phases.
Phase one of the Kalejdoskop Polski MN seeks to illuminate the experiences of the Solidarność/Solidarity refugees in Minnesota.
Faces of Solidarity exhibition-a photographic tribute to Polish Solidarity era refugees in MN was open to the general public December 3th -January 7th, 2022 at the Minnesota State Capitol North Corridor till December 16th and East Corridor December 17th-January 7th, 2022. The photos from the opening ceremony are available on our blog.
The exhibition was open at the Iverson Center of the University of St. Thomas February 14- March 19, 2022. The official opening was on February 17, 2022. We believe that it is a significant and unique exhibition. Our goal is to create an immersive exhibit that allows audiences to relate empathically with Solidarnosc activists, and examine their own stories of connection to liberation movements worldwide.
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The project has received grant support from the Minnesota Historical Society, Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Metro Regional Arts Council.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
This publication was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.