Happy New Year 2023! Below are some upcoming events and announcements from Piast Institute.
The Piast Institute turns 20 in 2023!
2023 will mark 20 years that the Piast Institute has been in existence. Several events will be held throughout the year to celebrate. From its very modest beginning in a house on Talbot to its current location on Joseph Campau, the Institute has become a strong presence and a source of community pride in Hamtramck.
Two Author Series -Polish Americans Today and Yesterday
In March 2023 the Piast Institute will host, in the first part of a series, author Imogene Salva who will discuss her family’s experiences that she has related in her book, ”One Star Away.”
When Soviet soldiers force their way into the Nowicki home at 3:00am, Ziuta has no idea why her family is being arrested, where they are going or when they will return. From the safety of home in Poland to the slave labor camps of Soviet Russia, Ziuta's family suffers starvation, arctic temperatures, and separation. At their most desperate hour, only a miracle would keep each family member alive. Could a kind-hearted Maharaja from faraway India be the one to rescue Ziuta and hundreds of other distressed Polish children? Imogene Salva reconstructs her mother's wartime experiences to expose us to a part of World War II history not familiar to most Westerners. This thought-provoking true-life story is sure to inspire, while reminding us that human compassion can be found in the most remote corners of the world.
In May 2023, we will host the second part of the series of Polish Americans Today and Yesterday. Dr. Dominik Stecula will discuss the findings of the 2020 Polish American survey that resulted in the publication of second edition of Polish Americans Today in 2020. Dr. Stecula will offer insights and explanations of some of the unpublished data as well as discussion of the data from the book itself.
Piast Institute Building is 100!
The Piast Institute is located in the former Pieronek Photography Studio that was built in 1923. A celebration will be held in 2023 to honor the historic building and all the many events-weddings, communions, families-that were commemorated with photos. The building that was not only the studio but the home of the Pieronek family for many years was donated by Dr. Joann Pieronek to the Piast Institute in 2005.