Polish Museum of America
Submitted by rjkoziel on Wed, 2014-11-12 11:57
The Polish Museum of America was established in 1935 in Chicago. Since it's creation, it has been affiliated with the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) and therefore is located within the same building as the PRCUA headquarters.
The museum features a variety of exhibits related to Polish-American history, culture and heritage. On permanent display are authentic regional Polish folk dress and folk art, paintings and artwork from the 18th to 20th centuries, a variety of photographs, Polish military uniforms, and exhibits dedicated to famous Poles such as Pope John Paul II, General Casimir Pulaski, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko and actress Helena Modrzejewska (Modjeska).
The highlight of the collection is the Paderewski Room, which houses the piano and personal belongings of the famous Polish pianist, composer and statesman, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. In addition, the museum operates it own library, which includes 100,000 books in both Polish and English on subjects such as Polish art, music, biographies, genealogy, immigration and history.