PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 18 HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. A NEW DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON!
The Piast Institute, a nonprofit organization, will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for a Free Little Library unveiling at the Hamtramck Housing Commission on Thursday January 18, 2024 at 3:30pm. “We are so excited to receive the new Little Library!”, said Kawanna Brown, Project Manager at the Hamtramck Housing Commission. There will be free literacy activities and free books for kids all available with donations made in memory of Francine Foote from the Foote family.
Francine Foote joined the Piast Institute as a volunteer in 2014 and was promoted to senior researcher in 2016 and worked until she passed away on June 29, 2023. Her ties to the Piast Institute were inextricably linked on personal and professional levels.
According to Malgorzata Tulecki, Executive Director at Piast Institute, “Fran was an essential member of our team.” She continued to say that her desire to volunteer stemmed from extra time she had and in wanting to get to know her brother, the late Dr. Thaddeus C. Radzilowski, co-founder with Virginia Skrzyniarz of the Piast Institute.
“Francine worked for over 30 years in Education and was previously employed for the departments of Ferndale Adult and Community Education. Her ties to Hamtramck combined with the love of books and children made this Little Library project so meaningful”, said Virginia Skrzyniarz.
The Piast Institute started as a brainstorm in 2003 and has grown to become a nationally recognized nonprofit research center that focuses on Polish and Polish American Affairs. In addition, the Piast Institute has grown its work to include community outreach and has become a strong voice in promoting prevention of substance abuse for the youth of the community.
For more information, visit www.piastinstitute.org or call (313) 733-4535
The opłatek shared at the Wigilia table and sent to family and friends across the world is one of the most treasured gift of Christmas for Poles everywhere.
It is a gift of love and a reminder of the bonds of family and community and of the blood and culture that tie us together as Poles and as God's children. The opłatek carries the promise that the friendship and love we share will continue to unite us. The ancient wish, “May we meet at this table again next year”, is offered as we break the opłatek, embodies the obligation we pledge to each other at this sacred time.
We at Piast will, as we have in the past, continue to tell the Polish story, ancient and modern, and defend and promote the brilliant culture out of which it is born.
We have done much with what you have given us, but there is so much more yet to be done.
Your past gift has supported our lectures and publications which have helped awaken many to the richness of Polish culture and to the incredible contributions Poles everywhere have made to the world. Without your support, Piast Institute would not be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Your generous gift at this time will ensure that the Wigilia and the Opłatek, together with the entire rich legacy of Poland, does not perish from the hearts of future generations.
Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Piast Institute is organizing the STAMP4S test for the purpose of obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy in the Polish language. This exam will take place on Sunday, December 17th, 2023, at 11:00 AM EST. The registration will be open until Sunday, November 12th, 2023.
All applicants must complete and submit the registration form - see the link below. You must be registered by the deadline or you will not be eligible to take the exam at this time.
Prior to the exam, each applicant will sign a Seal Honor Pledge on site. Detailed information about taking the exam can be found in the registration link.
The state Seal of Biliteracy can be received ONLY by students in the 11th and 12th grades. The exam cost is determined based on the number of participants and will be announced a few days after the end of the registration. There will be an email sent out with all final information, along with the exact location, prior to the exam. For anyone in and above the 6th grade, there is the Global Seal of Biliteracy test, that may be available upon request. For further information please call Ms. Benita Wojciechowski at: 586 354 8296 or email your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The registration form:
Piast Institute organizuje test STAMP4S celem uzyskania Pieczęci Dwujęzyczności (Seal of Biliteracy) w języku polskim, który odbędzie się w niedzielę, 17 grudnia 2023 r. o godzinie 11:00 EST. Rejestracja na egzamin otwarta będzie do niedzieli, 12 listopada 2023 r.
Zainteresowane osoby muszą wypełnić wniosek rejestracyjny, do którego link znajduje się poniżej. Przed rozpoczęciem egzaminu każdy uczestnik podpisze Przyrzeczenie Honorowe (Seal Honor Pledge.) Szczegółowe informacje dotyczące zdawania egzaminu znajdują się w rejestracji.
Aby otrzymać stanowy certyfikat Seal of Biliteracy należy być uczniem 11 lub 12 klasy. Wysokość opłaty za egzamin będzie ustalona na podstawie ilości zgłoszeń i podana do wiadomości w ciągu kilku dni po zamknięciu rejestracji. Przed egzaminem zostanie wysłany e-mail zawierający wszystkie konieczne informacje, łącznie z adresem miejsca, gdzie odbędzie się test. Dla wszystkich osób od 6 klasy wzwyż istnieje możliwość przystąpienia do testu na Global Seal of Biliteracy, który może być zorganizowany według zapotrzebowania. Aby uzyskać bliższe informacje proszę dzwonić do p. Benity Wojciechowskiej na nr 586 354 8296 lub wysłać wiadomość na adres: email@example.com.
The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago is organizing consular duty in Hamtramck, Michigan on November 17 and 18, 2023. (Friday & Saturday).
Appointments are required to be made in advance by telephone. Registration will be open on November 7th and 8th. Please call the consular office on the above-mentioned days at the following telephone number:
312 337 8166, ext. 1 in the hours of 10.00am - 1.00pm (Chicago time).
During the duty, you will be able to submit an application for a Polish passport.
The visit will be held at Piast Institute, 11633 Joseph Campau Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212. Piast Institute does not register individuals.
Konsulat Generalny RP w Chicago organizuje w Hamtramck w stanie Michigan dyżur konsularny w 17 i 18 listopada br. (piątek - sobota).
Na dyżur obowiązują wcześniejsze zapisy telefoniczne. Zapisy będą prowadzone w dniach: 7 i 8 listopada lub do wyczerpania miejsc.
W celu dokonania zapisu na dyżur, prosimy dzwonić do Urzędu w wyżej wymienione dni pod numer telefon:
312 337 8166, wew. 1 w godz. 10.00-13.00 (czasu chicagowskiego).
Podczas dyżuru będzie możliwość złożenia wniosku o wydanie dokumentu paszportowego.
Dyżur odbędzie się w Piast Institute, 11633 Joseph Campau Street, Hamtramck, MI 48212. Piast nie zapisuje na dyżur.
Przed wykonaniem telefonu w sprawie rezerwacji terminu wizyty paszportowej należy:
przygotować dane osobowe (imię nazwisko, numer PESEL lub w przypadku braku numeru PESEL data i miejsce urodzenia),
przygotować dane kontaktowe - numer telefonu,
przygotować dane dotychczas posiadanego polskiego paszportu lub dowodu osobistego;
upewnić się, że:
w przypadku zawarcia związku małżeńskiego w USA, dokonano transkrypcji (rejestracji) amerykańskiego aktu małżeństwa w Polsce. Dopiero po uzyskaniu odpisu polskiego aktu małżeństwa z informacją o nazwisku noszonym po zawarciu małżeństwa można wystąpić o wydanie paszportu na to nazwisko.
w przypadku urodzenia dziecka w USA, dokonano transkrypcji (rejestracji) amerykańskiego aktu urodzenia w Polsce. Dopiero po uzyskaniu odpisu polskiego aktu urodzenia można wystąpić o paszport dla danej osoby.
Text included below from Mark Kohan at the Polish American Journal
Congratulations to Piast Institute!
Each year, the members and board of the Polish American Journal Foundation select a Polonia non-profit organization for a $500.00 donation. Past winners of this prize include The Polish Singers Alliance of America, the Polish Museum of America, the Polish American Historical Association, The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning at Elms College, and others.
This year, members selected the Piast Institute, headquartered in Hamtramck, Mich.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Piast is a national research center devoted to Polish and Polish American affairs. It is also one of forty-eight United States Census Bureau Information Centers (CIC) and one of two located in Michigan.
Piast develops conferences, seminars, data 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, Piast acts as a data resource center helping Polish, Polish American, and other business and community groups develop policy papers and historical, cultural, political, economic, social, and demographic studies on a wide variety of topics. It works to implement environmental and policy changes within its community.
Piast’s mission and programming also aim to celebrate Polish contributions to America as well as world culture, and to address and counter inaccurate or defamatory information about Poland, Poles, or Polish Americans.
It was founded in 2003 by the late Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, a celebrated historian, writer and academic, and Ms. Virginia Skrzyniarz, an accomplished executive serving non-profit organizations in various capacities for over thirty years. Skrzyniarz is now the CEO, being selected by the Piast Board of Directors in 2018 after Dr. Radzilowski’s passing.
Please join us in congratulating the Piast Institute.
Polish ancestry remains at the heart of this two square-mile town. While Polish and Polish American residents are in the minority now, even those who have moved away years ago remember their family history being firmly planted here.
For the Piast Institute in Hamtramck, October is synonymous with being celebrated as Polish American Heritage Month. Founded 20 years ago, the Piast Institute is a national research and policy center for Polish and Polish American Affairs. In addition, it is an official Census Information Center designated by the U.S. Census Bureau. It advocates Polish heritage and culture year-round through organizing events and ongoing programs. This includes Polish language and the Seal of Biliteracy promotion, and assisting to carry on the Dekaban- Liddle Foundation work to support Polish scholars in their studies.
The first celebration of Polish American Heritage Month was organized by Michael Blicharz, the president of the Polish American Cultural Center in Philadelphia in 1981. Three years later the House Joint Resolution 577 passed, making August Polish American Heritage Month. President Ronald Reagan urged all Americans to join in the celebration honoring Polish heritage in the United States.
The month was moved to October in 1986 to enable participating schools in organizing events during the school year. The change also commemorated the first Polish settlers to Jamestown, Virginia – October 1,1608, as well as the deaths of General Kazimierz Pulaski and Tadeusz Kosciuszko, military leaders who fought in the American Revolution.
Several landmarks depict the major influence of Poles in Hamtramck: St. Florian Roman Catholic Church with Masses said in Polish, St. Ladislaus Chapel, the statue of St. John Paul II to the city, and the Kosciuszko Middle School perpetuate the legacy. The Hamtramck Historical Museum pays tribute to Polish heritage and culture with eye-catching exhibits of bygone eras, including a Polish Hamtramck-themed mural, created by muralist Dennis Orlowski, alongside those of other nationalities.
To reflect the change in the city’s demographics over the years, the city’s motto has been transformed. From “Hamtramck, A Touch of Europe in America,” the transition has been made to “Hamtramck, The World in Two Square Miles.” Let’s all celebrate Polish Heritage Month.
Piast Institute CEO Virginia Skrzyniarz accepted an award Saturday September 23, 2023 from Dr. Karla Mitchell at CLASS Agency for Piast Institute's support of CLASS throughout the years.
Piast Institute was awarded at the retreat entitled Emerge, Evolve & Elevate - CLASS Annual Women's Prevention Retreat in Southfield, MI. This retreat is a renewal opportunity and fellowship bridge among women of all backgrounds. It is frequently deemed life changing by the attendees and represents an annual culmination of CLASS Agency's outpour/outflow of care and concern to a segment of the community it serves.
For many years CLASS Agency worked with Piast Institute to support women and create memorable experiences for program participants.
On Sunday, October 22, 2023 Piast Institute will be honored at the Central Citizens Award Banquet. It has been nominated as one of the Organizational Honorees for the Pulaski Medal of Honor. Below is the list of all 2023 Honorees.
Friends of Polish Art
Polish Alliance Dancers
Gen. Pulaski Language Course
Polanie Song and Dance Ensemble
Rev. Bogdan Milosz
Police Chief Anne Moise
Hamtramck, Mich. – Piast Institute will be offering the Polish language as second language classes for adults who want to converse in Polish with those in their circle, or are thinking of taking a trip to Poland in the future. Classes are offered online via ZOOM.
The instructor, Benita Wojciechowski of the Piast Institute, encourages individuals to join the new beginner’s class, which will start up on Tuesday evenings, June 6, 2023, as an intensive Polish vacation course. This class may be, upon the students’ request, extended into the fall.
If a person has some knowledge of Polish and would like to expand on their skills, please contact the instructor for information on the ongoing intermediate and advanced classes. Individuals are allowed to attend two classes the first week, so that the student and the instructor can decide which group fits the person’s skills and needs the best. There is a possibility of taking a few individual classes, prior to joining the group, in order to catch up with the program.
The fee for the class is $25 for a 90-minute session, with a commitment for one session a week for the duration of the school year, paid monthly. A special offer is available to those who want to participate in more than one class per week – the second class fee is $10. All materials are provided with the class fees.
For registration and more information, please contact the instructor, Benita Wojciechowski, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 586-354-8296 or fill out the Google form at https://tinyurl.com/PolishClasses. Mrs. Wojciechowski teaches at the Father Dabrowski Polish Language Center in Orchard Lake. She has 10 years of teaching experience both in Poland and the United States and has taught Polish and English to individuals and groups.
Polish classes for children and the youths from the Detroit Metro area are offered at four Polish schools. The schools in Hamtramck and Orchard Lake offer a special Early Start class for 2- to 4-year-old students.
St. John Paul II Polish Language School in Hamtramck
Adam Mickiewicz School of Polish Language in Sterling Heights
Polish Language Center of Ann Arbor
Father Dabrowski Polish Language Center in Orchard Lake
The website is under construction. To register, please follow the link:
These incredible students created an outstanding public service video in a Michigan statewide contest hosted by Prevention Network, that ultimately won them first prize for a weeklong trip to attend a training conference. This mid-year CADCA or the Community Anti Drug Coalitions of America conference will be from July 16-20, at Grapevine, Texas this year. The students winnings cover the cost of airline travel and lodging but not ground transportation or food. Consider donating to the GoFundMe page: https://gofund.me/2b0e1829 to help cover these essential expenses.
The public service announcement (PSA) video was a challenging contest. Within an hour, the students had to create a video on their cell phones. The local team was vying against competitors from across the state. There were nearly 100 youths who attended the Youth Coalition Leadership Retreat, April 17, as part of the new Michigan Youth Coalition Network (MYCN) program. The Hamtramck All Stars focused their video on vaping prevention, emphasizing that statistics show the majority of peers their age do not vape, and vaping is not worth missing time with their friends.
Per diem costs are $64 per day for food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and $48 for first and last day of travel for $288 per student.
+ $100 travel to airport, hotel,
x 8 people for a total of $3,104.00
Please consider additional donations to cover processing fees from GoFundMe.
Checks can also be mailed to:
Piast Institute at 11633 Joseph Campau, Hamtramck MI 48212 with Memo: All Stars