The Piast Institute is national research center devoted to Polish and Polish American affairs. It is also one of fifty-two United States Census Bureau Information Centers (CIC) and the only one located in Michigan.
The Piast Institute develops conferences, seminars, publications, public programs, lectures, and exhibits that provide accurate information about Poland, Poles and Polish Americans. It also has a special interest in the role of Ethnicity in American Life.
With its resources and its position as a Census Information Center, the Piast Institute also acts as a data resource center helping Polish, Polish American and other community groups develop policy papers and historical, cultural, political, economic, social and demographic studies on a wide variety of topics.
The Piast Institute is also officially certified by the Department of Homeland Security as an Immigrant Assistance site with trained staff to help immigrants with visa, documentation and status issues.
The Institute’s mission and programming also aim to celebrate Polish contributions to American as well as world culture, and to address and counter inaccurate or defamatory information about Poland, Poles or Polish Americans.
The Institute was founded in 2003 by Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, a celebrated historian, writer and academic, and Mrs. Virginia Skrzyniarz, an accomplished executive serving non-profit organizations in various capacities for over twenty years.