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MEDICAL SOCIETY POLISH-AMERICAN PROJECTS

The Kalejdoskop Polski MN project started with the purpose of 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, the diversity of the Minnesota population, and the importance of oral history narratives from a microhistory 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 Kalejdoskop project combines oral history interviews with documentary photography. Grzegorz Litynski www.litynski.com is the Lead Artist of the project. Grzegorz focuses his research and works on visual history and has conducted numerous research and collection projects in Europe, North America, and Asia. He is the Head of the Department of Travel, Documentary Photography, and Photojournalism at the Technical University in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Katarzyna Litak is the exhibitions curator, project manager, and graphic designer. She conducted oral history interviews for the project.

 

This multi-year project has been planned for five phases. Phase One of the project focuses on Polish Solidarity era refugees. Phase Two of the project focuses on Polish WWII survivors in Minnesota.

The project has received grant support from the Minnesota Historical Society, Metro Regional Arts Council and Minnesota State Arts Board. 

 

Don't hesitate to get in touch with office@pamsm.org in regards to Virtual Exhibit Openings.

https://www.pamsm.org/upcoming-events

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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. 

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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.

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