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Kościuszko by Antoni Oleszczyński
Designed by the Museum of Polish History …. the exhibition runs September 10 – 30, 2017 and will be held at the Krakowskie Przedmiescie near the Plac Zamkowy in Warsaw. Held in the bicentennial year of Kosciuszko’s death, the exhibition will provide visitors an opportunity to learn more about Kosciuszko’s fascinating life, his devotion to the ideal of freedom, and military engineering exploits….

The Museum of Polish History is also holding educational tours highlighting the 1794 uprising Kosciuszko led against imperial Russia and the Kingdom of Prussia“.[1]

On 23 January 1793, Prussia signed a treaty with Russia, agreeing that Polish reforms would be revoked and both countries would receive chunks of Commonwealth territory. Russian and Prussian military took control of the territories they claimed soon afterward, with Russian troops already present” [2] That certainly sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

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The 1793 Second Partition of Poland was the second of three partitions (or partial annexations) that ended the existence of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth by 1795. The second partition occurred in the aftermath of the War in Defense of the Constitution and the Targowica Confederation of 1792, and was approved by its territorial beneficiaries, the Russian Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia.”[2]

Kościuszko was born in what is currently Belarus, at Mieračoŭščyna, near Kosava, Ivatsevichy Raion, Brest Region, Belarus [3]. Russia and Belarus are doing joint military exercises, in Belarus, from 14—20 September 2017 (Zapad 2017; West 2017). Some think that the troops will stay. Recall what is said above regarding 1793: “Russian and Prussian military took control of the territories they claimed soon afterward, with Russian troops already present” Exercises will also reportedly involve Kaliningrad, which has been occupied by Russia since 1945, and is an exclave, not connected to mainland Russia. Russia needs to return Kaliningrad to Europe. Kaliningrad is its excuse to whine that NATO is on Russia’s doorstep, whereas Kaliningrad is not historically part of Russia, nor is it even geographically connected. It needs to be returned.


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Exhibition “Tadeusz Kościuszko: A Man of Vision”
“Tadeusz Kościuszko: A Man of Vision” is the title of an outdoor exhibition prepared by the Polish History Museum, which will be displayed from 10 to 30 September 2017 in Warsaw. The exhibition has been prepared to commemorate the Kościuszko Year.

The exhibition is organized under the honorary patronage of Minister of Culture and National Heritage Prof. Piotr Gliński. The exhibition is an outdoor installation using contemporary exhibiting practices. Iconography, quotations and text correspond with graphic solutions and multimedia. The museum has also produced an educational package for students and teachers about Tadeusz Kościuszko and his times.

The exhibition “Tadeusz Kościuszko: A Man of Vision” will be presented in a specially arranged pavilion – an installation on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street in Warsaw (alongside Zamkowy Square) for three weeks in September (10–30 September).

The exhibition will bring us closer to this great Pole, citizen of France, America and Europe, and to this man of ideas and action who dedicated his entire life to the service of freedom. The museum wants to show familiar and unfamiliar moments in his life, great achievement as an engineer, victorious and lost battles, his ideology, love and passions and the memory that remained from this great man.

“With the exhibition, we want to intrigue and provoke people to reflect on the life of this commander in a peasant’s coat and on the history of Poland,” emphasized the director of the Polish History Museum, Robert Kostro.

“His fame will last until freedom will reign throughout the world,” said future US President William Henry Harrison after Kościuszko’s death, in a speech to Congress in 1817. He was right.

Kościuszko – one of the heroes of the War of Independence of the American colonies [American Revolution], and head of the Polish insurrection from 1794 [against Russian and Prussian occupation] – remains one of the most recognizable Poles in European and in American history. In his lifetime, he’d been acclaimed a hero and martyr of freedom, and became one of the most important figures in the massive imagination of those times, not only among Poles but also among the European and American political and intellectual elite. The exhibition, prepared in Polish and in English, will be available for free, open around the clock.

The museum offers a tour with special work cards to follow traces of Kościuszko’s insurrection, with the walk concluding at the exhibition. Educational meetings will be held Monday to Friday at 10am and noon. On 23 September at 11am, the museum holds a family walk to trace the insurrection, then at 1pm we’ll hold a walk for adults.

Registration (open from 4 September) is required at: oferta.edu@muzhp.pl or phone 22 211 90 49.

The exhibition “Tadeusz Kościuszko: A Man of Vision” will have parallel premieres on Krakowskie Przedmieście Street and in the online version on the Google Arts & Culture platform (www.wystawy.muzhp.pl).
Exhibition curator: Wojciech Kalwat.
Exhibition concept and script by: Prof. Jarosław Czubaty, Wojciech Kalwat, Michał Bąk. Cooperation: Gabriela Sierocińska-Dec, Lena Dąbkowska-Cichocka, Paweł Kozioł, Małgorzata Grąbczewska. Translation by: Małgorzata Marcinkowska, cooperation: Izabella Szarek. Conceptual and detailed design, execution and installation by: Kłaput Project.
Organizer of the exhibition: the Polish History Museum in Warsaw.
Co-financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland. Donor: Polska Wytwórnia Papierów Wartościowych.
Partners: Narodowy Bank Polski, Dom Spotkań z Historią, The US Embassy, The Embassy of France, Institut Français, The Embassy of Sweden.
Media partners: Polskie Radio, TVP3, PAP, dzieje.pl, Mówią Wieki.
Cooperation: Tramwaje Warszawie.
2017-09-12
Creative Commons Uznanie Autorstwa 3.0. Polska licence [Creative Commons Acknowledgement of Authorship 3.0 Polska]. Certain rights reserved by the Polish History Musuem [Muzeum Historii Polski]
. http://muzhp.pl/en/c/1882/wystawa-tadeusz-kosciuszko-czlowiek-idei https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/pl/. The online version did not appear available as of Sept. 14, 2017. Information in brackets added. Does the museum have a Russian mole? The reason for the 1794 uprising matters! The point of these dates may be to counter Russia’s Zapad military exercises and the huge exercises in Kościuszko year is surely Russian symbolism for they like to do this sort of symbolic aggression, as apparently do terrorists – which should be food for thought.

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Notes
[1] https://pl.usembassy.gov/kosciuszko_exhibition/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kościuszko_Uprising
[2] References for the Wikipedia article
Henry Smith Williams (1904). “The Historians’ History of the World: Poland, The Balkans, Turkey, Minor eastern states, China, Japan“. Outlook Company. pp. 88–91. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
Jerzy Lukowski; W. H. Zawadzki (2001). “A Concise History of Poland“: Jerzy Lukowski and Hubert Zawadzki. Cambridge University Press. pp. 101–103. ISBN 978-0-521-55917-1. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Partition_of_Poland
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mieračoŭščyna
Related: https://web.archive.org/web/20151117024931/http://minsk.usembassy.gov/kosciuszko2015.html