Saving Polish-American History

By Jarrod Iacovou

Robert Heinlein once said: “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” History acts as our memory. It gives voice to those who have passed, telling their stories so that future generations learn and continue to flourish. And this belief is shared by our partners at the Józef Pilsudski Institute of America. Their goal is to preserve Polish-American historical documents and photography for future Polish descendants. They are committed to this goal through the digitization of one-of-a-kind documents.

The Józef Pilsudski Institute of America, based in one of the most Polish suburbs in the world outside of Poland, Greenpoint in New York, is dedicated to preserving 300 black and white photos of its patron, Marshall Pilsudski, who changed the future of Poland in 1918, when it returned to the map of the world as a nation. To allow his legacy to fade and falter would be a disservice to our Polish heritage. His achievements are part of Poland’s national identity and all Polish descendants.

Through digitization, the Józef Pilsudski Institute is working towards eternalizing Polish history. This is a complex, time-consuming and costly process. By donating even the smallest amount to this worthy project, you will play an important part in ensuring the continued protection and preservation of history for the next Polish-American generation to enjoy and learn from. 

To donate to this cause, click here.