Polish Culture/International Recognition
The Polish Mission
The purpose of The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools, founded in 1885 by Polish immigrants, is to preserve and promote Polish and Polish-American culture, tradition, and history for present and future generations. The Polish Mission organizes programs, courses and events that highlight Polish and Polish-American culture and accomplishments, and ensures a repository for artifacts, archival materials, works of art and publications.
Genealogy Center – PARI
Discover your Polish heritage and family tree with help from The Polish Mission’s Polonica Americana Research Institute. It is here where families come together to research their roots, discover the villages and records of their ancestors, and document their family history. PARI has experienced staff to help guide you through online data bases, microforms, and other pertinent records.
PARI is a FamilySearch affiliate and, therefore, has rental access to thousands of microfilms and microfiche to aid in the investigation of one’s family background. Additionally, our facility offers fee-based workshops, classes, and lectures for both groups and individuals.
PARI is located in the Panorama Room. The Panorama is a unique diorama that includes 106 figures which represent over 1,000 years of Polish history.
The Galeria is proud to serve as home to one of the most prestigious collections of Polish art in the United States. It boasts original works by major Polish artists including: Jan Matejko; Jan Styka; Jacek Malczewski; Stefan Mrożewski; the Kossak family of painters — Juliusz, Wojciech, and Jerzy; Zofia Stryjeńska; Julian Fałat; and Saturnin Świerzyński.
In partnership with the Polish Ministry of Culture, a comprehensive inventory and appraisal of the collection was conducted by the Curator at the Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The Galeria also hosts art competitions, changing exhibits, as well as a variety of cultural events such as gallery talks, films, and musical programs.
Museums, Archives and Rare Books
The Museums, Archives, and Rare Book are cornerstones of the Polish Mission’s rich history. Ever since our founding in 1885, Polonia worldwide has looked to our team to safeguard their treasured objects, so future young generations can shape a better future by learning from a rich and storied past.
From medieval royal correspondence, to ancient coins and relics, to the largest Polish-related WW II collection in North America (Home Army, Polish Second Corps, 1st Armoured Division), our treasury of resources tells our Polish and Polish-American story to academic researchers and everyday guests alike.
Our ongoing work includes detailed conservation, exhibit development,
and creating exciting outreach programs. We continue to welcome new
additions to our collections through donations; and our goal is to proudly
ensure the best possible home for Polish-related objects, documents, and
International Recognition/Letters – Related Pages
- Letters of Support/Gloria Artis (gold) award (www.polishmission.com/our-accolades/)
- Leon Wyczolkowski and the Art of His Epoch exhibit (www.polishmission.com/our-accolades/)
- 69th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz (www.polishmission.com/our-accolades/)
- Collections (www.polishmission.com/museums/)
- Central Archives of Polonia (www.polishmission.com/archives/central-archives-of-polonia/)