THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE FRIENDS OF KOSCIUSZKO AT WEST POINT INVITES YOU TO RESERVE THE DATES OF APRIL 28-29, 2017 FOR ITS 14TH ANNUAL KOSCIUSZKO CONFERENCE AND KOSCIUSZKO DAY PROGRAM RESPECTIVELY. ASPECTS OF OUR 2017 CONFERENCE AND PROGRAM ARE NOW PUBLISHED AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE UPDATED IN THE COMING MONTHS INTO FEBRUARY WHEN THEY SHOULD BE COMPLETED FULLY
14th Annual Tadeusz Kosciuszko Conference to be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Thayer Hotel, located at 674 Thayer Road, United States Military Academy, West Point
15th Anniversary Year of the Founding of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point
104th Anniversary Year of the Kosciuszko Statue that was added in 1913 to the Original Kosciuszko Monument of 1828
189th Anniversary Year of the Dedication of the Kosciuszko Monument by the United States Military Academy
189th Anniversary Year of the United States Military Academy's 1st Annual National Tadeusz Kosciuszko Observance
200th Anniversary Year of the Death of Tadeusz Kosciuszko
271st Anniversary Year of the Birth of Tadeusz Kosciuszko
14th Annual Kosciuszko Conference Schedule at the Thayer Hotel, Eisenhower Room (Friday, April 28, 2017)
09:15 - 09:45 a.m. Registration
09:45 - 10:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview (Anthony J. Bajdek, AAFKWP President / Founder)
10:30 - 05:30 p.m. Conference: "In the Spirit of the Worldwide Legacy of Tadeusz Kosciuszko During the Bicentennial Anniversary Year of His Death"
Conference Featured Participants:
Panelist: Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, Ph.D., of New Britain, CT; Professor and Stanislas A. Blejwas Endowed Chair for Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University; President, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America; author specializing in the history of Central Europe and Poland. Title of Conference presentation: "Hope and Struggle, 1817-2017."
Panelist: Pawel Markiewicz, of Revere, MA; Ph.D. Candidate in History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and 'Etudia 4' Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University Ukrainian Research Institute, Cambridge, MA. Title of Conference presentation: "Volodymyr Kubilovych: Population Displacement and Ethnic Cleansing in Nazi-Occupied Poland."
Panelist: James S. Pula, Ph.D., of Chesterton, IN; Professor of History, and former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Purdue University N/W, Westville, IN; author; Kosciuszko biographer; American Civil War and Reconstruction, ethnic and immigration studies; past President, Polish American Historical Association; Board Member, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. Title of Conference presentation: "Mr. Jefferson's Secret Envoy."
Panelist: Douglas L. Wheeler, Ph.D., of Durham, NH; Prince Henry the Navigator Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of New Hampshire; Iberian and African history, history of international intelligence and espionage; and contract consulting on Portuguese and African affairs for the U. S. Department of State and other government agencies. Title of Conference presentation: "Eagle Eyes: Polish Codebreakers' Contributions to World War II's Ultra Secret."
Panelist: Felix Molski, of Sefton, New South Wales, Australia; Polish Australian activist, educator, author, world-traveler documenting Polish heroism, and proponent for the wider memorialization of explorer-scientist-humanitarian Sir Paul Edmund Strzelecki (1787-1873). Title of presentation: "Memorializing Kosciuszko Worldwide."
Panelist: Izabela Joanna (Bozek) Barry, of Yonkers, NY; Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Staten Island, City University of New York; Adult Specialist Librarian, Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint Branch; author of three annotated bibliographies of Polish literature; editor and journalist. Title of Presentation: "Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Women of His Life."
Panelist: Anthony J. Bajdek, of Hudson, NH; President / Founder, American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; Associate Dean (ret.) and Senior Lecturer in History, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; Vice President for American Affairs, Polish American Congress, Washington, DC. Title of presentation: "Fostering Sympathy for Poland in the Early American Republic: Niles' Register, 1811-1849."
Moderator: Stephen N. Olejasz, of Fairfax Station, VA; Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (ret.) and Former Assistant Professor of History, USMA, West Point, NY; Executive Vice President, American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point.
Kosciuszko Day Observance (Saturday, April 29, 2017)
09:45 a.m. Annual Kosciuszko Memorial Mass in the Cadet Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity, USMA, West Point, NY
11:30 a.m. USMA Cadet Review on The Plain (i.e., parade ground)
12:30 p.m. Annual Kosciuszko Observance at the Kosciuszko Monument, USMA, West Point, NY
02:00 p.m. Annual Kosciuszko Day Memorial Luncheon, George Washington Room, Thayer Hotel, 674 Thayer Road, USMA, West Point, NY (By prepaid reservation only. See below). Host, AAFKWP President / Founder Anthony J. Bajdek, and speakers yet to be determined, along with a presentation by a Cadet member of the Kosciuszko Squadron of West Point.
REGISTRATION - Reservation Form (print, complete, and mail this form as noted):
I have enclosed a check made payable to: American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point (AAFKWP) in the total amount of $ __________ as follows:
Number of registration(s) ______ for the Conference at $45 (including continental breakfast and buffet lunch) per person for a total of $ ________ to be held in the Eisenhower Room, Thayer Hotel
- Number of reservation(s) ______ for the Friday evening seafood buffet dinner at $40.00 per person for a total of $ _____ to be held in the MacArthur Riverview Room, Thayer Hotel
Number of reservation(s) ______ for the Saturday luncheon at $40 per person for a total of $ _________ to be held in the George Washington Room, Thayer Hotel
- I also wish to renew my dues for 2017 ($15 for an individual membership; $30 for an organization; or $100 for a lifetime membership) $ ____________ NOTE: Once Lifetime Members have paid their fee, no other renewal of dues are necessary.)
- I wish to donate $25 to support the attendance of West Point cadets at the Kosciuszko Memorial Luncheon: _____
NOTE: For children 5 and under, there is no luncheon charge. The luncheon charge for children 6 to 12 is $20.
NAME (first and last)
CITY / TOWN / STATE / ZIP: ________________________________________________________________________
PHONE NUMBER: __________________________________________________________________________
Luncheon and/or dinner and/or conference reservation payments must be received at the address below no later than April 21, 2017.
Without pre-payments and reservations, no admittance to the Conference, Dinner and Luncheon respectively will be permitted on the day of the event. As such, those wishing to join Association members for the Friday evening buffet dinner at 6:00 p.m. in the Thayer Hotel must also forward payment no later than April 21, 2017 as noted above.
Mail completed Registration - Reservation form to: Cynthia J. Bajdek, Treasurer, AAFKWP, 45 Reflection Drive, Hudson, NH 03051
Questions? Call Frances X. Gates at (718) 852-6812 or Cynthia J. Bajdek at (603) 718-1351