Kosciuszko, Jefferson, And
History’s Forgotten Man From Stockbridge
Prof. Gary Nash to give a Special Lecture at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia
UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the Parliament of Poland have announced 2017 as the Year of Tadeusz Kosciuszko.
PENNSYLVANIA – On September 23, 2017, at 6 pm, the Kosciuszko Foundation, Philadelphia Chapter, working in concert with the Museum of the American Revolution and the National Park Service, will sponsor a lecture to honor its namesake and his role in American history. It is to be given by Prof. Emeritus Gary Nash and is entitled Kosciuszko, Jefferson, and History’s Forgotten Man from Stockbridge. The event will take place at the newly opened Museum of the American Revolution (101 S. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA) which is working in cooperation with the Foundation Chapter.
To make reservations for the free lecture see: KosciuszkoMAR.eventbrite.com
(Kosciuszko House at 301 Pine St. with its discoverer, historian Edward Pinkowski in 1967)
Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko came to America during the Revolutionary War to aid in the struggle for American Independence. He offered his much needed expertise as military engineer to Gen. Washington and designed many formidable defenses, including the “American Gibraltar” at West Point, NY, and forts on the Delaware River. His work in planning the redoubts at Saratoga, NY, was praised by General Horatio Gates as crucial to the American victory. When he returned to his native Poland he carried the message of freedom and independence. The Insurrection he led to free his homeland from foreign oppression failed, but nevertheless, in time, he became one of Poland’s most beloved historical figures. On returning to Philadelphia he gained the friendship of Thomas Jefferson and the respect of the American people. His last will and testament contained instructions that his money be used to liberate and educate slaves here. This was an unprecedented request. This year we commemorate the bicentennial of his death.
The Kosciuszko Foundation, of which the Philadelphia Chapter is part, is an national organization with headquarters in New York City. It was established in 1925 by Stephen Mizwa to foster intellectual and artistic exchange between the United States and Poland. Even during the dark times when Poland was under Communist domination, the Foundation did not cease to provide opportunities for a people-to-people exchange at universities in both countries. Many of those who rose to leadership in the now free Poland were Foundation grant recipients. In addition to its scholarship and grant programs, the Foundation has sponsored summer sessions for American students at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków since the 1970s, and now has an English language teaching program that benefits Polish youth. In the United States, the Foundation organizes various events to promote an understanding of Polish culture and history among Americans.
Members of the Press are invited to attend the lecture as our guests. Because of the limited number of seats reservations are required.
KosciuszkoMAR.eventbrite.com or contact tel: 267-254-9700
We would be honored by your presence. I thank you for your consideration.
Very truly yours,
Yolanta Roman, President
The KF, Philadelphia Chapter
P.O. Box 1148
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
(Note: Kosciuszko House photos courtesy of Poles in America Foundation)