The mission of the Polish American Cultural Center is to capture and memorialize the spirit of an ethnic culture and to promote public awareness and appreciation of Polish history and cultural heritage to the broadest audience possible. The objective of the Museum Exhibit Hall, is to provide programs and exhibits open to the general public featuring the contributions of Poles and Polish Americans to United States and world history and culture in such areas as scientific, artistic, education, medicine, travel, engineering, musical, political, religious and military achievement.
The importance of memorializing an ethnic cultural heritage:
Personal pride and self-esteem are largely rooted in an understanding and appreciation of one’s historical and ethnic past. Unquestionably, awareness of one’s ethnic and cultural heritage uplifts and enriches the human spirit. America represents the world’s unique, most extensive experiment in ethnic and racial co-existence. As Americans, we strive to be one and proud, yet we also acknowledge the importance of highlighting the ethnic heritages that make up the Great Mosaic of America.
Polish American Heritage Month:
Annually, the Polish American Cultural Center coordinates the national "Polish American Heritage Month" celebration during the month of October. The Center, in cooperation with the Polish American Congress and its affiliate groups, works to unite over 3,000 Polish American organizations, churches and schools across the nation. For information about Polish American Heritage Month, write or call the Center at 215-922-1700 during regular business hours for a complete packet of information.
Groups visiting historic Philadelphia are invited to the Polish American Cultural Center's Exhibit Hall. Guided tours and a video on Poland are available for groups. For information contact the Center during regular business hours.
The Importance of Memorializing an Ethnic Cultural Heritage:
Personal pride and self-esteem are largely rooted in an understanding and appreciation of one's historical and ethnic past. There is no question that awareness of one's ethnic and cultural heritage can do much to uplift and enrich the human spirit.
America represents the world's unique, most extensive experiment in ethnic and racial coexistence. As Americans, we are certainly one and proud, yet we should also acknowledge the varying ethnic and cultural heritages of which we can also be proud.
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