May 5, 2019

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.


February 14, 2019

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.

We hope to see you there!

In My Words: Exploring Polish Immigrant Experiences


In My Own Words








Our current exhibit, titled “In My Words”, explores the immigration story as described in first-person perspective and the joys, sorrows, hardships and successes experienced by Polish immigrants to Manitoba. The exhibit presents various topics related to immigration, including reasons for leaving Poland, initial impressions of Canada, navigating a different culture and language, negotiating an identity as a Polish-Canadian immigrant, and finding ways to maintain a connection to Poland and Polish heritage while adjusting to life in Canada.

The exhibit features photographs, artefacts , audio and visual recordings, and archival materials that present the unique viewpoints of individuals from different waves of Polish immigration.


Ogniwo wishes to acknowledge the support and contributions of the following organizations and groups for their support with the exhibit:

  • Archives of Manitoba
  • Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
  • Manitoba Historic Resources Branch, Heritage Programs
  • Anonymous donor
  • Dabros, M.
  • Drohomereski, A.
  • Johnston, M.
  • Kuzia family
  • Paryzek, D.
  • Praski, D.
  • Rutowicz family
  • Sawicz family
  • Slawik, W.
  • Szypowska, K.
  • Tishinski family
  • Tukaj family