• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 7 April 2017

    On April 4, 2017 in the prestigious Members Room of the Library of Congress a seminar “The Purest Son of Liberty: Thaddeus Kosciuszko in America” was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and the Library of Congress to mark the bicentennial of the passing of General Kosciuszko. The seminar was attended by, among others, Congressman Tim Murphy (R-PA) and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH).

    Seminar attendees had the chance to listen to a panel of historians, specialists in early modern history, Professor Graham Hodges, Professor James Pula, and Professor Andrzej Sulima-Kamiński, as well as explore a special exhibit of artifacts related to General Thaddeus Kosciuszko from the Library of Congress. Among those in attendance were Ambassador of Lithuania H.E. Rolandas Kriščiūnas, Honorary Counsel of the Republic of Poland in Philadelphia Deborah Majka, researchers and students from areas universities, diplomats, representatives from Polish-American organizations and individuals interested in history.


    The event was opened by the Library of Congress Director for National and International Outreach, Dr. Jane McAullife, who warmly recalled the friendship between General Thaddeus Kosciuszko and President Thomas Jefferson, whose library served as the foundation of the Library of Congress. Deputy Chief of Mission Paweł Kotowski greeted guests on behalf of the Embassy and noted that the memory of Kosciuszko continues in the United States not only because of statues and memorials, but also because of the incredible work carried out by educational organizations such as the Kosciuszko Foundation, who’s work assures that Kosciuszko’s name continues to be known and recognized by American society. He also recalled the heroic achievements of American pilots from the Kosciuszko Squadron, who in the name of “Your Freedom and Ours” fought the Bolsheviks in 1920 in the defense of the newly reborn Polish state.


    The historians panel discussed the accomplishments of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko in the American Revolutionary War. The audience showed great interest in an animated presentation detailing the Continental Army’s victorious battle thanks to the strategy of General Kosciuszko, as well as a presentation on the topic of Kosciuszko’s will, in which the war hero left wages awarded to him by the US Congress to be used to purchase the freedom of African-American slaves.   The historians panel was followed by an exhibit prepared by three departments of the Library of Congress: Manuscript, Rare Books and Special Collections as well as European Collection. Among the artifacts on display were a letter from Thomas Jefferson to General Horatio Gates with the now famous quote, “Kosciuszko is the purest son of liberty… that I have ever known, the kind of liberty that extends to all, not only the rich,” as well as a letter from President George Washington to Kosciuszko in 1797 and a rich collection of works illustrating the construction of the Kosciuszko monument in Washington, DC.


    Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Washington DC

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