2023 Wianki Festival

Polish American Congress – WI Division,Polanki, Polish Heritage Alliance
and Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin, Madison
cordially invite all to:


Polish midsummer celebration
known also as Kupała Night, Sobótka,
or Noc Świętojańska (St. John’s Night)

WHEN: June 21, 2023 at 7 pm
Wianki workshop 5:30 – 6:30 pm

WHERE: The front lawn and pond at the
Polish Center of Wisconsin
6941 S. 68th Street, Franklin, WI 53132

Bring your family & friends and get ready to
place flower wreaths (wianki) on the water,
take part in Wianki Competition and join
the hunt for the mythical fern flower.

For the most festive experience, wear white dress/shirt or show off your Polish folk costume. Also, bring some candles to give a special glow to your wreath floating on the water.

Make wianki yourself using either silk flowers or lowers and greenery from your garden.
You can also bring the wreaths bought at the Polish Fest or other Polish events
but only self-made wreaths will be eligible to enter the Wianki Contest.

Need help with making your own wreath?
Assistance will be available at the 1-hour workshop at 5:30 -6:30 pm.
A very limited number of wianki will be available at the event.

2022 wianki
Hungry for Polish Food?
The Polish Café will be open from 4pm to 8pm.
Here is what’s on the menu for Wednesday, June 21

Sunday, June 18th, 2023 Newsletter No Comments

2023 May 3rd Constitution Day Celebration

Polish Flag Day and Day of Polonia

The main events held in Milwaukee and Chicago:

May 2 at 12pm Polish Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day Celebration (Uroczystości Dnia Flagi RP oraz Dnia Polonii i Polaków za Granicą), Daley Plaza in Chicago, IL.

May 2 at 7pm The 1791 Constitution Celebrated through Words, Music and Imagery (Konstytucja 1791 świętowana słowem, muzyką i obrazem), Veterans Room, Polish Center of Wisconsin in Franklin, WI.

All are invited to this free event sponsored by the Milwaukee Society of the Polish National Alliance in cooperation with the Polish Center of Wisconsin and support of the Polish American Congress – Wisconsin Division. Speaking at the event will be David R. Zepecki and Donald Pienkos, Prof. Emeritus of Political Science. Highlights will include the music of Fryderyk Chopin performed by well known Pianist Mary Ellen Burrescia and display of posters created by the Polish Center to tell the May 3rd Constitution story. (click on the image to download the flyer)

From the 1999 Senate Joint Resolution 11: Whereas, the democratic and Western−oriented ideals inherent in the first Polish Constitution live on today within a citizenry that has played a leading role in bringing an end to Communism in Eastern Europe and in the country that was the Soviet Union and whose elected representatives are presently at work building a new societal system based on the precepts of political liberty linked in spirit to Poland’s historic values as embodied in the Polish Constitution of 1791; now, therefore, be it Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the legislature of the state of Wisconsin recognizes the contribution of the Polish Constitution to the advancement of democracy and freedom by proclaiming May 3rd of every year, “Trzeciego Maja Day” in the state of Wisconsin and invites all citizens to join their fellow Wisconsinites of Polish descent in celebrating Polish Constitution Day, “Trzeciego Maja”.

6941 S. 68th Street Franklin, WI 53132-8237
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Monday, May 1st, 2023 Newsletter No Comments

2023 Lecture on Polish Borders by Prof. Don Pienkos


Polish Borders
April 20 at 6:30 pm

through History and their impact
– on Poland and on us too.

Presented by Professor Donald Pienkos

Perhaps more than practically any other country, Poland’s fate over its first 1000 years has been shaped by its border situation, or more accurately, by the absence of readily defined and defensible borders.

In my talk, which I illustrate with vivid maps of Poland over the centuries, I discuss how Poland’s fate has been very much defined by its leaders’ ability to defend the Country from powerful enemies – from the west, the East, even the North. Indeed Poland’s profound border situation is a core reason why so many people from Poland emigrated elsewhere – to western Europe, Canada, Brazil, and of course, the United Sy les and to Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

About the Speaker: Donald Fienkos is Professor Emeritus (Political Science) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwukee. At UW-M Don was a founder of the Polish Studies and the Russian and East European Studies programs. A long time PHA supporter, its Polish Fest and the Polish Center, Don is a member of the Milwaukee Society of the PNA and the Polish American Congress. He is the author of the Congress’ official history For Your Freedom Through Ours.

Free and open to the public, no registration required

6941 S. 68th Street Franklin, WI 53132-8237
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Thursday, April 13th, 2023 Newsletter No Comments

2023 REMEMBER THIS: Jan Karski movie premieres on PBS Wisconsin

2023 Karski Remember ThisREMEMBER THIS

A Cinematic Adaptation of the Original Stage Production Remember This: The Lesson of Jan Karski,
Produced by Sobremesa Media in association with The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University

Premiering on PBS Wisconsin
February 13, 2023 at 8 pm

Clips on the PBS website
Official trailer

From the Jan Karski Educational Foundation website: “All I can say is that I saw it, and it is the truth.” In a virtuoso solo performance, Academy Award nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck, Lincoln, Nomadland) portrays Jan Karski in this genre-defying true story of a reluctant World War II hero and Holocaust witness. After surviving the devastation of the Blitzkrieg, Karski swears allegiance to the Polish Underground and risks his life to carry the first eyewitness reports of war-torn Poland to the Western world, and ultimately, the Oval Office. Escaping a Gestapo prison, bearing witness to the despair of the Warsaw ghetto and confronted by the inhumanity of a death camp, Karski endures unspeakable mental anguish and physical torture to stand tall in the halls of power and speak the truth. Strathairn captures the complexity and legacy of this self-described “insignificant, little man” whose timely story of moral courage and individual responsibility can still shake the conscience of the world.

From the Jewish Film Festival website: Professor Jan Karski’s secret past as a member of the Polish underground was uncovered in 1978 by filmmaker Claude Lanzmann, who included his emotional testimony in Shoah (1985), after 35 years of near-obscurity and silence. Starring the brilliant David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck; Nomadland), who reprises his original role from the highly acclaimed one-man stage play, Karski’s life is recounted in harrowing, mesmerizing detail. Faithfully adherent to the experience of the original one-man show, this cinematic adaptation of Remember This recreates the pared-down, abstract staging of “one table and two chairs.” Yet they become a professor’s lectern, a devastated Warsaw, a Nazi train, the Oval Office.” Other bold formal decisions dramatically heighten the intimacy of this experience, such as the use of a single camera with a 50mm lens, the closest equivalent to the normal human field of vision, and the film’s black and white palette. The stylistic flourish of shooting in widescreen almost dares us to look away from Strathairn, only to find emptiness. These stark visuals allow the virtuosity of Strathairn’s performance and his dynamic, shape-shifting presence to take center stage in creating a world for us out of only his face and his voice, to captivating and haunting effect.

Check also the REMEMBER THIS website

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