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15th Annual Tadeusz Kosciuszko Conference to be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 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

105th Anniversary Year of the Kosciuszko Statue that was added in 1913 to the Original Kosciuszko Monument of 1828

190th Anniversary Year of the Dedication of the Kosciuszko Monument by the United States Military Academy 

190th Anniversary Year of the United States Military Academy's 1st Annual National Tadeusz Kosciuszko Observance

201st Anniversary Year of the Death of Tadeusz Kosciuszko

272nd Anniversary Year of the Birth of Tadeusz Kosciuszko 


15th Annual Kosciuszko Conference Schedule at the Thayer Hotel, Eisenhower Room (Friday, April 27, 2018)

08:45 - 09:30 a.m.  Registration

09:30 - 10:30 a.m.  Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Overview (Anthony J. Bajdek, AAFKWP President / Founder)

10:30 - 05:00 p.m.  Conference Title: "The Legacy of Tadeusz Kosciuszko During the Centennial Anniversary of the End of World War I and Poland's and Lithuania's Separate Restorations in 1918" 

Conference Featured Participants: The order will be arranged topically and provided for the Conference once all topics are submitted.

Anthony J. Bajdek, AAFKWP President and Founder; and Retired Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer in History, Northeastern University, Boston, MA. Conference presentation: "Tadeusz Kosciuszko, the Patron Saint of West Point During the Early American Republic"; and "The Struggles for Poland's Right to Exist as a Free and Independent Nation, 1772-1921"

Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT. Conference presentation: "Who Understood the Geopolitics of 1918? Wilson or Pilsudski?" 

Robert L. Caslen, Jr., Lieutenant General, United States Army, and Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. (Conference Opening Remarks)

Maria Juczewska, Associate Director, Kosciuszko Chair of Polish Studies, Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC. Conference presentation: "The Effort of the Polish Emigration in America, 1914-1920"

Jason Musteen, Ph.D., Colonel, United States Army, and Assistant Professor, Department of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Conference presentation: "Comparative Memory of War." 

Stephen N. Olejasz, Retired Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army, Former Assistant Professor, Department of History, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY; and AAFKWP Executive Vice President. Conference presentation: "The Great War: The United States as an Emerging Power and Redrawing the Map of Europe." 

Philip Pajakowski, Ph.D., Professor of History, Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH. Conference presentation: "A Conservative View of Polish Independence: Michal Bobrzynski and the Re-establishment of the Polish State"

Tomasz Pudlocki, Ph.D., dr hab., Professor of History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, PL; and Current Fellow of the Polish Cultural Institute of New York. Conference presentation: "Behind the Great Scene: Polish-American Diplomatic Contacts, 1914-1919"

James S. Pula, Ph.D., Professor of History, Purdue University Northwest, Hammond, IN. Conference presentation: "The Origins of Poland's Air Force, 1914-1921"

Robert A. Vitas, Ph.D., Chairman, Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, Chicago, IL. Conference presentation: "A Twentieth Century Miracle: Lithuania's Transition from World War I to Independence" 



Kosciuszko Day Observance (Saturday, April 28, 2018)

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.

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PHONE NUMBER: __________________________________________________________________________

EMAIL: __________________________________________________________________________________


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 (917) 913-3133 or Cynthia J. Bajdek at (603) 718-1351