Holiday Update

2021 Recap and Holiday Hours

As another year comes to a close, we want to take a moment to reflect on the memories and say THANK YOU for your support.

Ogniwo (oh-GNEE-voh) is a Polish word meaning “links.” The museum’s mission is to develop an awareness and understanding of the Polish experience in Canada through exhibits, lectures, and workshops. We aim to present our recent and distant past in an interactive way that bridges time and generations, while exploring common themes that are important today. We strive to build links to our history, but we also work to establish connections with the present—with you.

This year, despite some interruptions, we were happy to be able to deliver the community-focused content we are so passionate about sharing, with the health and safety of our vistors and staff always at the forefront. In 2021, we brought you the following programming:

  • “ART: SOUL THERAPY”: Exhibit featuring the talent of local Polish artists across a variety of media.
  • Culture Days 2021: Digital event showcasing a video tour of our artists’ exhibit, featuring the videography of Mirek Weichsel.
  • “Smacznego! Polish Food Traditions, Then & Now”: Exhibit exploring the historical, social, and cultural impacts of Polish cusine on our communities.
  • “From Cook’s Creek to Krupiec: A 118-Year Journey”: Lecture featuring Andy Golebioski’s journey of genealogical discovery and self-discovery.

We continued the work of accessioning, describing, cataloguing, preserving, and sharing our collections: Artefacts, Library, and Archives. We were especially proud to receive an Award of Excellence from the Association of Manitoba Museums for our involvement in the development of a new collections database system.

Finally, in 2021, Ogniwo signed on as a partner to the Winnipeg Indigenous Accord. The members of Ogniwo Polish Museum have committed to starting on a meaningful path of learning and examination of our role in colonization and reconciliation, followed by concrete actions.

The museum is a non-profit charitable organization and we could not have done any of these things without the hard work of our volunteers and the continued support of the community around us. As another year comes to a close, we want to say THANK YOU for your support. We wish you a warm, happy, peaceful holiday season, and a healthy and joyful new year. May we continue to build links with one another and find meaning in shared community.

We will be closed from December 7th to January 10th, 2022. See you in the new year!