The Canadian Polish Research Institute

Kanadyjsko-Polski Instytut Badawczy

Est. 1956

Exhibits

The World Polonia Congress in 1978 presented an opportunity for the Institute to exhibit its materials to the general public, not only to the Polish community. “Polish Perspectives” and “Polonica Canadiana” were staged in the new and modern building of the Metropolitan Library, where hundreds of daily visitors could view them. A map showing the actual number of Poles in Canada, as well as the percentage of the entire population these numbers represented, was prominently displayed. Pictures documenting the life of Polish settlers in Alberta and Kaszubs in Ontario – many from private collections and quite a few from before World War II – were of great archival value.

In the pre- and post-“Solidarity” group of immigrants who arrived in Canada in late seventies and in eighties, there were exceptionally large numbers of artists, graduates of Polish Academies of Art, some of whom exhibited their works in Poland and abroad. Over 70 artists participated in an exhibit organized by the Institute from September 1 to September 11, 1991, in the rotunda of Toronto City Hall. Over 200 works were exhibited.

In September 2009 the Polish Canadian Women's Federation in collaboration with the Canadian Polish Research Institute opened the Polish Spirit Exhibit at the City Hall, Mississauga, ON. The exhibit presented the achievements of Canadians of Polish origin who have made significant contributions to Ontario's heritage in community work, politics, culture, science and/or engineering. Our Institute lended its archives and edited some biographies.


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