• INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2017

    November 9-11th, 2017

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  • CONSTITUTION DAY CELEBRATION

    March 3rd, 2017

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  • EASTER EGG PAINTING 2017

    February 2nd, 2017

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  • CARNIVAL 2017

    February 11th, 2017

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  • WIGILIA 2016

    December 10th, 2016

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  • INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 2016

    November 10-12th, 2016

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  • POLISH "GOODBYE SUMMER" PICNIC

    September 17th, 2016

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  • THE MUSIC OF ABBA

    August 6th, 2016

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  • EASTER EGG PAINITING 2016

    March 13th, 2016

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Events Schedule

2017

  • Wigilia December 2017, Saturday

UPCOMING EVENTS

Polish Christmas Eve Supper "Wigilia" 2017

December 9th 2017


You are cordially invited to a Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Supper "Wigilia" organized by the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana on December 9th, 2017 at 4:30 pm at:

Indianapolis Latvian Community Center
1008 W 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260  map


Our program will include:

  • Scripture reading, Christmas poem and music performances
  • Sharing of the Holy Wafer (Opłatek)
  • Christmas Eve Supper "Wigilia"
  • Polish Carols sing along
  • Visit from Santa Claus

The "Wigilia" Supper according to the Polish tradition will begin as the first star appears on the sky. Dishes are prepared according to old Polish tradition, omitting meats – in this tradition fish is not considered “meat”. We are thankful for all the PCSI members who give their time and talent in traveling to Chicago pick up fresh ingredients for our annual celebration and those who spend time preparing our feast.


If you would like to get involved in the food preparations, event decorating (on November 25th or 26th and on December 8th) or participate in the readings please contact us. If you have children or grandchildren who would like to sing a Christmas song, recite a poem (in Polish or English) or play an instrument during the evening please contact us. We will also have the children join us on stage before Santa’s arrival. If you would like links to the songs for at home practice, feel free to contact us as well.


The menu will be as follows:


  • Herring, in olive oil and onions
  • Red borscht, flavored with wild mushrooms
  • Fried fish
  • Polish style dumplings
  • Traditional vegetable salad
  • Stewed sauerkraut with wild mushrooms
  • Dried fruit compote
  • Bread, poppy-seed cake, gingerbread cookies
  • Tea, coffee, ice water


For additional information please text (317)-410-4899 or send an E-mail to: info@polishcsi.org


Prices per person are as follows:

Members of PCSI Non-Members PCSI
Adult (age 16 and up) $20.00 $35.00
Child age 4 to 15 years $15.00 $25.00
Child under 4 years old $5.00 $5.00


A gift from Santa is included in the Children’s ticket price.

R.S.V.P by December 2nd, 2017. We cannot guarantee admittance without a reservation submitted after the deadline.

For reservation please send:

  • check payable to Polish CSI and
  • form Wigilia_2017_GuestList.pdf (download here)
  • please indicate with whom you would like to share a table, we will do our best to accommodate seating request.

Please mail your check and reservation by December 2, 2017 to:

The Polish Cultural Society of Indiana, Inc.

P.O. Box 824

Noblesville, IN 46061 - 0824

For current PCSI members and nonmembers who include yearly dues with their Wigilia payment for 2018 (i.e. either $35 for families, or $20 for single) membership will last from January 2018 to December 2018. Please find our membership form at: www.polishcsi.org

Please fill the form “List of Guests” , do not email “List of Guests” to us. Just send printed “List of guests” and check to our address shown above.

We look forward to sharing in the Christmas Season!

The Polish Cultural Society of Indiana, Inc.

Come visit us at: www.polishcsi.org

PAST EVENTS

Past Events

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Constitution Day Celebrations

MArch 3rd, 2017

Easter Egg Painting 2017

April 2nd, 2017

Carnival 2017

February 11th, 2017

Wigilia 2016

December 10th, 2016

International Festival

November 10-12th, 2016

Polish "Goodbye Summer" Picnic

SEPTEMBER 17th, 2016

2016 Marsh Symphony on the Prairie

AUGUST 6th, 2016

EASTER EGG PAINITING 2016

March 13th, 2016

Christmas Eve Supper

December 12th, 2015

Andrzejki Party 2015

November 14th, 2015

International Festival 2015

November 7th, 2015

Polish “Goodbye Summer” Picnic

September 19th, 2015

Constitution Day Celebration

May 3rd, 2015

The Blessing of the Easter Basket

April 4th, 2015

Easter Egg Painting

March 22nd, 2015

Christmas Eve Supper – Wigilia 2014

December 13th, 2014

ABOUT US

Board Of Directors

Małgorzata Kołtuniuk

President

Patrycja Kwaśniewska

Vice President

Ann Stankiewicz

Secretary

Hanna Hallam

Treasurer

Maciej Kaszyński

Board Member

Gabriela Opoka

Board Member

Ewa Papież

Board Member

Danuta Pietrzak

Board Member

Bożena Plata

Board Member

Bartosz Wacławik

Board Member

OUR HISTORY AND GOALS

The Polish Cultural Society of Indiana was created as the result of interest and enthusiasm shown during the International Festival in Indianapolis, IN of 1976. The Polish club was incorporated in February 1977 as the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana, Inc.

The society was created and incorporated for two purposes:
to achieve a deep awareness and broad understanding within its membership of the contributions to world culture made by Poles and persons of Polish descent
to heighten the appreciation of Indiana's citizens for the diversity and richness of Polish culture and, especially, the unique achievements of Poles and persons of Polish descent in the arts and sciences

Since 1977, the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana has introduced many cultural programs and customs to its membership and to others interested in Polish culture. You can find more detailed information about our accomplishments over the years in the [PolishCSI archive].

MEMBERSHIP

PCSI

Dues are $35 for a family and $20 for an individual member. The membership is valid 1 calendar year i.e. from January 1st to December 31st.By paying your membership dues, you:

  • support our Society and help in fulfilling its mission
  • have an opportunity to actively shape the Society by having a vote in the elections and being formally eligible for the posts in the Board of Directors
  • have the right to receive information about upcoming events, and regularly published newsletters by E-mail
  • have the privilege to receive lower entry fees for events organized by the Society.

If you have not paid this year membership fee yet or you want to join our Society please send form (download here) and a check payable to PCSI to:

PCSI, Inc.
P.O. Box 824
Noblesville, IN 46061 - 0824

Contact Us

Feel free to send a message

PolishCSI is a member of the Nationalities Council of Indiana an independent non-profit, all-volunteer corporation, which is dedicated to celebrate diversity of Indiana's capital city.



Meetings/events are held at Latvian Community Center, 1008 W 64th St, Indianapolis, IN 46260 , directions below on the map

CHRONICLE

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ŚWIĘCONKA

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LAFAYETTE

The Polish Student Organization in West Lafayette allows Polish students at Purdue University to continue their heritage and have close contact with their Polish heritage. This gives an opportunity for other interested students and members of the Purdue family to experience Polish culture and its beauties.You will have an opportunity to meet Polish people, watch the latest Polish cinema, taste Polish cuisine, see how the Polish culture has integrated into the American culture, and much more. Visit us at http://www.purdue.edu/polska

GALLERY OF IMPORTANT POLISH INDYVIDUALS

This is our tribute to indyviduals who help popularize Polish culture and science, PolishCSI, and other Polish societies throughout Indiana. All indyviduals appear in alphabetical order.

MAREK CHOLEWA

Professor Butler University

MAREK CHOLEWA

Marek Cholewa, Associate Professor of Dance at Butler University, came from National Ballet of Panama where he was Assistant Artistic Director/Choreographer. He obtained his mater's degree from The Rimsky-Korsakov Music State Conservatory in St. Petersburg (Russia), as Repetiteur/Choreographer in 1982. Prior to this Mr. Cholewa studied at the National Institute of Ballet in Poznań, Poland. From 1976-'78, he was a Soloist with the National Ballet of Poland where he performed principal roles from XIX century classical ballet repertory. From 1983 to 1985 he served as the Dance Advisor for the Latin-American Dance Chapter to the Panamanian Ministry of Culture. In 1984 he was co-founder of Patronato Pro-Ballet Nacional, an organization that set forth to found and promote ballet in Panama. The following four years he served as the Artistic Director for Patronato Pro-Ballet Nacional. In 1986 the city of New Orleans bestowed him the title of International Honorary Citizen. Since 1988 Mr. Cholewa has served as a member of the Advisory Council for Poland of International Dance Alliance LTD. In December of 1989 he received the Butler University Fellowship to bring the complete Vaganova Syllabus of Russian Ballet Technique to the Dance Department of Butler University. In March of 1990 he was a judge for the St. Louis chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters Ballet Competition. In June 1990 he served as a judge for the Qualifying Rounds if the U.S.A International Ballet Competition in Jackson, Mississippi. As part of the U.S.A International Ballet Competition he served as a teacher for the International Dance School. Since 1999 he has been a member of the Board of Directors and Officers of the New Orleans International Ballet Conference. Mr. Cholewa was Chairman of the Exhibit for the Celebration of Ballet Russes in Americas, from 1999-2000. This exhibit was presented in Museum of Fine Arts in New Orleans, LA on June 1-4, 2000. In May 2001, he was the recipient of the Creative Renewal Art Fellowship Award from the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

WALTER JURKIEWICZ

Teacher, coach and professional fooball player

WALTER JURKIEWICZ

Walter S. Jurkiewicz, Plymouth, formerly of Broad Ripple, was a teacher and coach 20 years for Penn High School, Mishawaka, retiring in 1984. Previously, he was a health teacher and coach three years for Plymouth High School and 10 years for Broad Ripple High School, where he led the football team to three city championships. Mr. Jurkiewicz played for the Detroit Lions and was named Kodak Player of the Year in 1963. He was a Navy veteran and a graduate of Indiana University. Walter S. Jurkiewicz died on December 3, 2002 at the age of 83.

MICHAŁ MISIUREWICZ

Professor Indiana University

MICHAŁ MISIUREWICZ

Michal Misiurewicz is a Professor at the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis. In 1971 he graduated from Warsaw University, three years later he received a Ph.D., and in 1980 - Habilitation. In 1989 he received a title of Professor (granted by the State). From 1974 - 1992 he has worked at Warsaw University, first as an Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor and Full Professor. He spent the 1978-79 academic year at the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques in Bures-sur-Yvette, France, 1990-91 in Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, and 1991-92 in Princeton University, Princeton, NJ. Since 1992 he is working as a Full Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.In 1981-84 he was an Associate Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics, Informatics and Mechanics of Warsaw University, and in 1984-87 a Deputy Director of the Institute of Mathematics of that Faculty and a member of the Senate of Warsaw University. For many years he has been a member of the Main Committee of the Mathematical Olympiad in Poland, and also a Board member, Vice president, and President of the Warsaw Tatra Mountain Club of the Polish Tourist Society. When attending a high school, he won the Mathematical Olympiad prize twice. Moreover, he twice was a member of the Polish team for the International Mathematical Olympiad, where he won a prize of third degree and then a prize of the first degree (the highest one). For the activity in the Warsaw Tatra Mountain Club he was awarded a Golden Honor Distinction of the Polish Tourist Society. For his research and teaching he obtained about fifteen awards from the Polish Academy of Sciences, the Minister of Higher Education, Polish Mathematical Society and the Rector of Warsaw University, among them the award of the Polish Mathematical Society for young mathematicians, Mazurkiewicz Prize and Mazur Prize. In 2003 he was nominated as the recipient of the Sierpiński Medal. He received this medal in May, after delivering a lecture at Warsaw University.

BART PIETRZAK

Fine Art Photographer

BART PIETRZAK

Bart's involvement with photography started in the early seventies in Poland. His pictures focused then on black and white imagery, mainly portraiture and photomontage, and later on political issues. The latter were published in an underground literary journal "Puls" ("Pulse"), which he also coedited. Recently, almost twenty years after he emigrated to the US, he returned to photography, specifically to the photomontage images, utilizing digital technology. In these recent works he examines the phenomenon of the dynamics of life against the relentless forces of entropy, in a form of images of philosophical reflection on the life itself.

DANUTA ĆWIKLIŃSKA-GOŁĄB I TOMASZ GOŁĄB

Physicians and Scientists

DANUTA ĆWIKLIŃSKA-GOŁĄB I TOMASZ GOŁĄB

Dr. Danuta Ćwiklińska-Gołąb Polish patriot, soldier of Home Army (Armia Krajowa AK), Repeatedly honored for her work in the underground. After the war, imprisoned by the communist authorities for the activities in Freedom and Independence - Wolność i Niezawisłość (WiN). Educated physician. Dr. Danuta Ćwiklińska-Gołąb was one of the main founders of PCSI. Dr. Tomasz Gołąb, a great Polish patriot, soldier the Union for Armed Struggle (Związek Walki Zbrojnej ZWZ) and later Home Army (Armia Krajowa AK) and has repeatedly awarded for his work in the underground and the scientific work at Eli Lilly, one of the main founders of PCSI.

IRMINA GRADUS-PIZŁO

Physician and Scientist

IRMINA GRADUS-PIZŁO

Associate Professor of Cardiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. She received her MD degree from the Warsaw Medical Academy in 1984. In 1988-1990, Dr. Irmina Gradus-Pizło was a guest researcher in the Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institutes of Health, working with Prof. Mortimer Mishkin, and in 1991-1993 was a post doc at the Krannert Institute of Cardiology, IU Medical School working with Profs. Wilensky and March. After completing residency, internship and fellowship programs at IU Medical School, Dr. Irmina Gradus-Pizło finished a special year of training under the direction of Dr. Harvey Feigenbaum, who invented echocardiography at Indiana University. After joining the Krannert Institute as a faculty member, she developed the Indiana University Heart Failure Program and multidisciplinary Clarian Advanced Heart Care Program. Working closely with the directors of the Ventricular Assist Device and Heart Transplant Programs, the team initiated the Heart Failure Fellowship to educate physicians in complex therapies of patients with advanced heart disease. Since joining the IU School of Medicine faculty in 1999, Dr. Irmina Gradus-Pizło has received four times the Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the trustees of Indiana University.

LECH PAPIEŻ

Scientist

LECH PAPIEŻ

The Polish Cultural Society is mourning the death of long-time member Lech Stanisław Papież. Lech passed away peacefully in Mooresville, Indiana on April 15th, 2016 at the age of 66. Lech and his wife Ewa were very active members of the Society, helping with the Polish exhibits at the International Festival and with other programs. Lech also was the historian of the Society for many years. Lech was a devoted family man. He and Ewa were married in 1977. They have two children, Maja, and Adam. His children remember him as a loving, brilliant and compassionate father who encouraged them to pursue their goals. He was a witty individual who loved skiing, swimming, winning chess games and ballroom dancing. He was a lifelong student, passionate teacher and everyone who knew him enjoyed his stimulating, intellectual conversations. Lech was also a prominent scientist. He studied at the Uniwersytet Śląski Instytut Fizyki in Katowice, Poland and earned a PhD in theoretical physics.

He then moved to Dublin, Ireland on a research fellowship at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, School of Theoretical Physics. Lech’s family moved a few more times before they settled in Indiana. Lech devoted his life to cancer research and pursued his life’s work at Indiana University School of Medicine in the Department of Radiation Oncology. He was a prominent researcher, professor, patent holder and extensively published medical physicist. He was instrumental in designing an extremely effective radiation treatment for early-stage lung cancer saving over 3,000 lives a year. Lech is survived by his mother, Eugenia Papież of Sosnowiec, Poland; his wife, Ewa Papież of Mooresville, Indiana; his daughter, Maja Murphy of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania; his son, Adam Papież of Poznań, Poland; and his sister Ewa Wejmann of Buk, Poland. He is preceded in death by his father, Stanislaw Papież of Sosnowiec, Poland.

Announcements

2017 November 9th- 11th

1st Place in the Theme Category for the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana at the 2017 International Festival in Indianapolis!




Dear Members and Friends of the Polish Cultural Society of Indiana,

We are happy to share with you the success of our team at the International Festival.

Our booth was awarded First Place for theme by the Nationalities Council of Indiana!

The main designer and coordinator of the booth was Danuta Pietrzak.

Bartosz Pietrzak, Ewa Papiez and Bozena Plata put a lot of work into the execution of the project.

Thanks to all who gave their time during the three days of the festival being in charge of the booth and answering visitors questions about Poland: Patrycja Kwasniewski-Thomas, Lech Switalski, Maciej Kaszynski, Magdalena Olesiak,Terry Prentkowski, Margaret and Jan Frank, Bozena Plata, Elzbieta Gilowska, Lidia and Maciej Kedziora, Gabriela Opoka, Danuta and Bartek Pietrzak, Iwona Gawel, Renata Piotrowska, Ala Piotrowska, Joanna and Matt Krause, Renata and Dave Ellis, Bart and Aleks Waclawik, Ewa Orlik, Ela Zurawska, Stewart Family, Koltuniuk Family, Leon Zlobecki.


Sincere thank you to everyone involved. You make our Polish Society very proud!


RECIPE OF THE MONTH

Our pick this month

Easter saffron yeast cake (babka)

INGREDIENTS

  • 100g raisins
  • 1/3 cup rum
  • 1/3 tsp saffron strands
  • 300g plain flour
  • 7g fast-action dried yeast
  • 100 ml milk
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 100g sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 60g butter, melted and cooled to lukewarm

METHOD

Soak the raisins in rum overnight, or at least 2 hours. Drain them. Pour some hot water (around tablespoon) over the saffron strands and leave aside for half an hour. Combine the flour, saffron and water it was dissolving in, dried yeast, milk, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla extract in a stand mixer bowl. Mix with the dough hook until it comes together. Pour slowly the melted butter and keep kneading until it is all incorporated. Mix for a several minutes until dough is completely smooth and starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl. If it doesn’t, you can add 1 tablespoon extra flour to help this along. Add the raisins and knead until incorporated. Oil a very large bowl and put dough in bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk. Punch down and transfer into buttered and floured a 2-litre capacity Bundt pan. Let rise a second time until almost doubled. Preheat the oven to 355 F. Bake for 40 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Turn out onto a wire rack and take off the pan. Let it to cool completely.

PREVIOUS RECIPES

Our picks from previous months

Kolacky

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups butter or margarine
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

METHOD

With pastry blender cut butter or margarine into flour. Add sour cream and blend. Divide dough into two portions – flatten onto foil about ½ inch thick and refrigerate overnight. On a lightly floured board roll out dough portions to 1/8 thickness – cut into 2”squares, fill with filling and pinch 2corners of opposite corners and seal. Bake at 350F for 15 minutes or until bottom is light brown. Remove from oven – cool and sprinkle with powder sugar.

Barszcz - polish beet soup with mushroom dumplings

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 beetroots
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 large onion
  • 3 leaves cabbage
  • 4 large dried mushrooms
  • Dill to taste
  • Splash of cider vinegar
  • For the dumplings
  • 2 dried mushrooms, soaked in a little hot water
  • 100g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 4 fresh brown button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped dill
  • 1 tbsp dried breadcrumbs

METHOD

  • For the soup: soak the dried mushrooms in a cup of hot water to soften for about half an hour. Take out and chop fine (keep the liquid). Put the beetroot into a saucepan with the carrot, celery, onion, cabbage, finely chopped mushroom pieces, and sprig of dill, and water to cover. Bring it to the boil and turn the heat off, leaving the lid on (do not lift the lid up to peak inside!) and leave for an hour. While this is happening you can start making the dumplings.
  • Dumplings: sift the flour into a bowl season with salt and pepper to taste. Make a well in the center and add the egg and water. Mix thoroughly, and then knead the dough until smooth. (Do this by hand so you can keep an eye on the texture; when you start to knead it can be sticky but this goes away. If your dough gets sticky again you have over kneaded!) Wrap it in cling film and set aside while you make the fillingt
  • Soak the mushrooms in a little water for half an hour. Take out and chop as finely as you can (again keep the liquid). Melt the butter in a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add the fresh mushrooms and onion and fry for about 3 minutes, stirring, until the onion begins to color. Add the rehydrated mushrooms and liquid; heat and cook, stirring until most of the liquid evaporates. Then stir in the dill and the breadcrumbs. Take off the heat and leave to cool.
  • Divide the dough into eight pieces; roll out each one thinly on a lightly floured board/surface. Cut the sheet of dough into 5cm squares. Do one square at a time: place a teaspoonful of the filling in the center, fold the square up and over it, to make a triangle and then crimp the edges together. You should be looking at a large triangle now. The next step is to take the two corners of the longest inwards so that they overlap, and crimp them together too. Set each one aside on a floured board while you make the rest.
  • Take a large pan of salted water and bring to the boil. Gently add the dumplings, Turn the heat down to simmer, stirring gently (this is to stop them sticking). Bring the water back to the boil and simmer for about 3 minutes – the dumplings are ready when they float to the top.
  • Strain the soup (discard the vegetables). Reheat the soup until hot, adding a tiny bit of vinegar to taste (taste the soup first: you may decide not to add any). If you do add vinegar, the soup will have a sharp edge to it, without loosing the sweetness of the beetroot and will keep that rich red color (lemon juice works as well).