March 4, 2019

Ogniwo Polish Museum is pleased to host an upcoming talk by Anna Muller, Assistant Professor and the Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Professor in Polish and Polish American/ Eastern European Studies at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
Anna explores the lives of Polish women imprisoned as enemies of the Communist regime via their writings, original interviews, and interrogation records. She explores how they navigated life within prison walls despite abuses inflicted by Communist authorities. Please join us for this event, which is co-sponsored by the Department of German and Slavic Studies at the University of Manitoba and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto.

When: Sunday, March 24th, 2019. 4 pm.
Where: Ogniwo Polish Museum, 1417 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Admission: FREE

October 24, 2018

Join us as we celebrate the official launch of the CZAS Newspaper online!

Nov. 1, 2018. 7:30 PM
University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, Winnipeg.

CZAS, established in Winnipeg in 1915, is the oldest surviving Polish-language newspaper in Canada.
In 2003, Czas Polish Press Ltd., donated its collection of bound newspaper issues covering the period of 1915-2003 to the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections. That collection has been digitized and is fully searchable and accessible online. 

The archives of CZAS-Polish Press Ltd. are held at Ogniwo Polish Museum and include portions of the minutes, correspondence, and photographs of Polish Press Ltd.  Ogniwo Polish Museum holds bound volumes of CZAS for the years 1944, 1981, and 1986-2008.

Join us at the official launch of the CZAS digital collection. A number of the items from our archival collection will be featured on display.


Sept. 24, 2018

Join us in supporting the wonderful Polish Studies Program at the University of Manitoba at its 3rd annual luncheon! This year, the luncheon will take place at Historic Fort Gibraltar and features keynote speaker and award-winning author Ewa Stachniak as well as a jazz trio with a Polish repertoire. October 14, 2018 — Mark your calendars! Contact us for more information or to purchase tickets.

Join us in supporting the Polish Studies Program!

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. 


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.

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 a joint project with University of Gdansk and 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

May 3, 2018

In the News: 106-year old WWII veteran reunited with uniform weeks before death

Stan Pacak, a caring member of the Polish community in Swan River, Manitoba,  sent a donation to Ogniwo Polish Museum in early 2018. It consisted of a WWII-era uniform of an officer of the Polish army, with some photographs and documents tucked into the pockets.  After a bit of detective work, Ogniwo’s archivist learned that the uniform had belonged to a man named Lukasz Kulczycki, who had emigrated to Canada after the war and worked at the Health Center in Swan River in the early 1950s before making his way to the United States, where he became a renowned pediatrician specializing in cystic fibrosis. She was even more amazed to learn that Dr. Kulczycki was living in Virginia, aged 106.  She was able to track down his daughter and return the uniform and archival records to their rightful owner.

Read the full story on Global News Winnipeg:  106-year old WWII Veteran reunited with his uniform and photographs weeks before death.

Ogniwo volunteers were saddened to hear of Dr. Kulczycki’s passing on May 3, 2018, but feel honoured to have  been a small part of his story.

Dr. Kulczycki’s archival records, photographs, and uniform are on display at the Museum now. The museum’s library also holds Polish and English copies of his incredible life, as told in his autobiography.