Cultural Preservation at DPL

October 27, 2010

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in collaboration with the Detroit Public Library will present a daylong program,  Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation, on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 10 AM to 4 PM at DPL’s Main Branch. The event is free.

Attendees will be shown how to identify and preserve items of importance including photographs, military uniforms, farm tools and wedding dresses.   There will be presentations, hands-on activities and preservation tips.

If you would like to have a professional consultation about an item, you must reserve a spot in advance by e-mailing or by calling toll free (877) 733-9599.  Reservations are not required for those not wishing a one-on-one consultation.   For more information about consultations and about the program, click here.


Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom

October 20, 2010

Special guest Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and co-founder of Solidarity, the Soviet bloc’s first independent trade union, will host a press conference at Wayne State University to announce the opening of the “Solidarnosc: Poland’s Struggle for Freedom” exhibit at the Walter P. Reuther Library.  He also will discuss the 30th anniversary of the founding of the Solidarity trade union and its effect on Poland and all of Eastern Europe. Other topics that Walesa is available to address with the news media include the U.S. labor movement and the state of labor in Poland and Europe.

The new exhibit will be open to the public October 27, 2010 to July 1, 2011.

For more information and to RSVP to the Exhibit Opening at 3 PM on October 26th:

Click here to read an article in Polish News about the efforts of Michael Smith, Director of the Reuther Library and Marcin Chumiecki, Director of the Polish Mission at St. Mary’s Schools in Orchard Lake to bring about the exhibit and Walesa’s visit.