Remembering Genowefa Kuzia

November 3, 2019

With sadness and deep respect, the members of Ogniwo Polish Museum in Winnipeg remember and honour Pani Genowefa (Jean) Kuzia (nee Borowiec), who passed away on October 27, 2019. Pani Kuzia was a founding member of Ogniwo Polish Museum. She was instrumental in securing funding and a permanent building to house the Museum and its collections, as well as in incorporating the Museum as an organization. More than that, she worked tirelessly over many decades to secure donations of priceless artefacts and archival materials to document Polish history and culture, Polish settlement in Manitoba, and the work and contributions of Polish individuals and community organizations. She meticulously accessioned and described hundreds of items into Ogniwo’s catalogue. Without her foresight and dedication, much of this history would have been lost. We extend our sincerest condolences to her family. We are grateful for her dedicated spirit and her contributions to the Polish community in Winnipeg, and vow to continue the important work Pani Kuzia started. Wieczny odpoczynek racz jej dac Panie.

Raise Your Spirits 2019 Announcement

It’s official! Ogniwo’s annual “Raise Your Spirits” fundraiser will take place on October 19, 2019.
The theme this year is “Party at Auntie’s” (“U Cioci na Imieninach”). Join us for an evening of spirits and home-made Polish delicacies as we celebrate in the style of traditional Polish family gatherings.  We will drink, eat, laugh, and feel warm and cozy just as the weather starts to cool. Tickets available now via email or one of our volunteer members!

Marking the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino: New Exhibit

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino, which has its place in history as one of the most decisive battles of WWII. The great effort of the Polish 2nd Corps to capture the Monte Cassino Hill and Abbey, Hills 593 and 569, San Angelo and Mas Albaneta, came at a great cost. The 2nd Corps suffered 4,199 casualties, of which 1,150 were deaths.

We invite you to mark this anniversary with us on Sunday, May 19th, 2019, when we launch a special exhibit prepared by longtime Ogniwo volunteer and Executive Director of Polish Exiles of WW2, Krystyna Szypowska, as well as additional panels by Ogniwo Polish Museum. The exhibit also features the history of Wojtek the Soldier Bear.

It’s here! A new exhibit!

Join us on February 24, 2019 at 2:00 pm for the launch of Poles in the Canadian Mosaic, a special travelling exhibit prepared by Dr. Michalina Petelska of the University of Gdansk, Poland, in cooperation with the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland, the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw, and brought to you by Ogniwo Polish Museum, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, and the Canadian Polish Congress Manitoba Branch.

Nic Curry, MLA for Kildonan, will celebrate along with us by presenting Ogniwo Museum with a special copy of his private member’s resolution, titled Celebrating Over 200 Years of Polish Culture in Manitoba, which was passed unanimously by Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly on December 4, 2018.


Online Exhibit: Canadian Polish Soldiers from Winnipeg Fight for Poland’s Independence, 1914-1918

This year, Poland celebrates 100 years of independence. Having been partitioned by the Russian, Prussian, and Austrian empires, Poland had ceased to exist for 123 years. The end of the First World War brought Poland back onto Europe’s map.

The material in this online exhibit, researched and written by Ogniwo volunteers, examines the role played by Winnipeg’s Polish community in the fight for Poland’s independence. It was first presented as a pop-up exhibit at the celebrations of the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s Independence organized by the Canadian Polish Congress, Manitoba Branch, on Nov. 10, 2018 in Winnipeg.

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Culture Days 2018 at Ogniwo – “Surviving the Calamity”

We’re gearing up for this year’s Manitoba Culture Days, September 28, 29, and 30th, 2018. This year, we are featuring an installation by Winnipeg-born, Vancouver-based visual artist Julianna Zwierciadlowska titled “Surviving the Calamity.” Her works are influenced by her family’s survival of World War II and her experiences of Communist-era Poland.

Friday, Sep. 28: 6-9 pm
Saturday, Sep. 29: 1-7 pm
Sunday, Sep. 30: 1-4 pm


Ogniwo Polish Museum on the Radio!

June 28, 2018

Our Archivist Marta Dabros was pleased to welcome Robert Zirk and Sonny Primolo of The Winnipeg Foundation to record an installment of the radio show River City 360, a one-hour radio program  93.7 CJNU FM that features stories about individuals and charitable organizations in Winnipeg.

Marta talked about the Museum’s history, its amazing volunteers, and some of the interesting materials and characters featured in its archival collection, including the letters of Walter Wazny, the story of Lukasz Kulczycki’s uniform, and the life and work of the amazing Mary Adamowska Panaro.

If you missed it, you can catch up now via the podcast on The Winnipeg Foundation’s website.

River City 360 airs Thursdays at 12:00 pm (noon) and is rebroadcast Saturday mornings at 8:00 am. 

Second Installment of Historia : Poszukaj is now live!

June 12, 2018

The second installment of the four-part series featuring our collections on Polish educational website Historia : Poszukaj is up now! This time, the story of Polish soldiers displaced after World War II is told through the journey of Wacław Kuzia. 

This online exhibit features objects from Ogniwo Polish Museum’s artefact and archival collections to help bring history alive for students.

Our Collections Featured on Polish Website

May 24, 2018

We are proud and happy to announce the launch of the first of a four-part series to feature our collections on Polish educational website Historia : Poszukaj, made possible through partnerships with the University of Gdansk and the University of Manitoba.

This online exhibit features objects from Ogniwo’s artefact and archival collections to help bring history alive for students. The first installment features the Polish Women’s War Relief Committee, whose archival records are held in our collections.

Letter from Poland sent to the Polish Women’s War Relief Committee in Winnipeg appealing for war-time help