THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF THE FRIENDS OF KOSCIUSZKO AT WEST POINT INVITES YOU TO PERUSE DETAILS OF ITS NOW-CANCELLED ANNUAL PROGRAM OF APRIL 24-25, 2020, FOR ITS CENTERPIECE 17TH ANNUAL TADEUSZ KOSCIUSZKO CONFERENCE AND 'KOSCIUSZKO DAY' COMMEMORATIONS RESPECTIVELY, PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
The Coronavirus Pandemic has Forced the Cancellation of the 17th Annual Tadeusz Kosciuszko Conference that was to be held on Friday, April 24, 2020 in the Thayer Hotel, located at 674 Thayer Road, USMA, West Point, NY. As such, its:
18th Annual Tadeusz Kosciuszko Conference and 'Kosciuszko Day' commemorations will occur on April 23, 2021, recognizing as welll, the
18th Anniversary Year of the Founding of the American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point
108th Anniversary Year of the Kosciuszko Statue that was added in 1913 to the Original Kosciuszko Monument of 1828
193rd Anniversary Year of the Dedication of the Kosciuszko Monument by the United States Military Academy
193rd Anniversary Year of the United States Military Academy's 1st Annual National Tadeusz Kosciuszko Observance
204th Anniversary Year of the Death of Tadeusz Kosciuszko
275th Anniversary Year of the Birth of Tadeusz Kosciuszko
18th Annual Kosciuszko Conference (Friday, April 23, 2021) will only be offered remotely via ZOOM. The schedule below is tentative at this point.
10:00 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Overview (Anthony J. Bajdek, AAFKWP President / Founder)
Conference Title: "The World During the Age of Kosciuszko, 1746-1817, Viewed from the Perspective of the 275th Anniversary Year of His Birth."
Conference Featured Participants:
Anthony J. Bajdek, AAFKWP President and Founder; Retired Associate Dean and Senior Lecturer in History, Northeastern University, Boston, MA; and Independent Historian. Conference presentation: Association welcome and Conference overview.
Darryl A. Williams, Lieutenant General, United States Army; and 60th Superintendent of the United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Conference presentation: Introductory Remarks.
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. Supporting Remarks.
Marek Chodakiewicz, Ph.D., Kosciuszko Chair, Institute of World Politics, Washington, DC. Conference presentation: Poland.
Patrice Dabrowska, Ph.D., Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Conference presentation: Poland
Lawrence K. Mansour, Ph.D., Retired Professor, Department of Languages, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY. Conference presentation: Russia.
James S. Pula, Ph.D., Department of History, Purdue University Northwest, Westville, IN. Conference presentation: Revolutionary America and the United States.
Robert A. Vitas, Ph.D., Chair, Lithuanian Research and Studies Center, Chicago, IL. Conference presentation: Lithuania.
Edward Watts, Exchange Officer, Captain, The British Army. Conference presentation: Great Britain.
To be announced: Germany (Prussia / Austria)
To be announced: France
Kosciuszko Day Observance Schedule (Saturday, April 24, 2021 has been cancelled because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic.)
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 (or AAFKWP for short) in the total amount of $ __________ as follows:
Number of registration(s) ______ for the Conference at $50 (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 $45 per person for a total of $ _________ to be held in the Washington Room, Thayer Hotel
- I also wish to renew my dues for 2019 ($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. Finally, the post-Conference Friday night dinner is not included in the $50 Conference fee.
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 16, 2020.
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 19, 2019 as noted above.
Mail completed Registration - Reservation form and check to: Cynthia J. Bajdek, Treasurer, AAFKWP, 45 Reflection Drive, Hudson, NH 03051
Questions? Call Peter J. Walentowicz (973) 432-8841 or Cynthia J. Bajdek at (508) 735-4008.