Second photography exhibition

Opening of the photographic exhibition “The second scientific expedition of the ECCC Foundation to the USA. 26/06-20/07/2023”

Opening: April 4, 2024, 2 p.m

Place: Catholic University of Lublin, hall of the John Paul II building

The exhibition will be open until April 12, 2024.

The curator of the exhibition is Prof. Jerzy Montusiewicz.

On April 4, 2024, the second photography exhibition was opened in the main hall of the John Paul II building of the Catholic University of Lublin. It was prepared as part of the project entitled “Research on the national cultural heritage of the Polish diaspora in the USA and the creation of digital memory collections” carried out in 2022-24 by the ECCC Foundation as part of the program of the Minister of Education and Science: “Science for society”, area: “Humanities-Society-Identity”.

The exhibition was opened by the project coordinator, Mrs. Małgorzata Przewoźniak. The project and its achievements were presented by Prof. Jerzy Montusiewicz from Lublin University of Technology – curator of the exhibition. He also showed the visitors around the exhibition.

The ECCC Foundation was represented by the Chairmen of the Foundation Board, Dr. Ryszard Woś.

The Catholic University of Lublin was represented by: Director of the Chancellery and Rector’s Office – Tomasz Tokarski, and Prof. Irena Rolska, and Prof. Kinga Machowicz.

Members of the research team from the Lublin University of Technology participated in the opening: Prof. Marek Miłosz – expedition leader, Dr. Elżbieta Miłosz and Dr. Jacek Kęsik.

Exhibition folder (PDF, 8 MB)

Church of St. Blaise in Chicago

History and the present

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Model 3D

Kościół św. Błażeja w Chicago

Mesh models can be downloaded and viewed in a 3D viewer

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2nd scientific expedition to the USA
June 26-July 10, 2023

The second scientific expedition of the ECCC Foundation to the USA, as part of the project “Research on the national cultural heritage of the Polish community in the USA and the creation of digital memory collections”, took place from June 26 to July 10, 2023. The expedition operated in Chicago (Illinois), Radom ( Illinois) and Milwaukee (Wisconsin).

As part of the expedition, an interdisciplinary team of 6 people conducted research in 7 church buildings built in the Polish community abroad. Scientific work focused on activities aimed at preserving the appearance of these objects, their interiors, using the most modern 3D digital research techniques and historical research.

Historical research and 3D scanning of churches was carried out:

    • Church of St. Blaise in Chicago
    • Church of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Marytown, Chicago
    • Church of St. Josaphat in Chicago
    • Church of St. Bruno in Chicago
    • Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Radom
    • Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee
    • Church of St. Adalbert in Chicago (closed – intended for liquidation/sale; failed to do during the first expedition)

Small objects (relics, crosses, chalices, monstrances) and a bell imported from Poland to the USA were also scanned, as well as a Pieta sculpture from the Church of St. Adalbert, and stored in the church of St. Paul in Chicago.

In addition, the band was interviewed by:

    • TV “Trwam” Branch in Chicago
    • Radio Maryja Chicago Branch
    • DEON radio
    • Chicago Union Journal
    • Radio 103.1 FM
    • Polish Radio Chicago

In addition, the team met with the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago, Dr. Paweł Zyzak and his team. During the working meeting, the implementation of the project and its results so far, the activities of the team during the second expedition and the prospects for further joint activities were discussed.

The team prepared and promoted a photographic exhibition on the first expedition from October 2022. The exhibition was available in the hall of the church of St. Trinity in Chicago on July 1-9, 2023. The exhibition met with great interest of the Polish community in Chicago. The exhibition was handed over to the Polish community for further use and dissemination.

The expedition team (in the photo from the left):

1) Prof. Marek Miłosz (Lublin University of Technology) – scientific head of the expedition
2) Dr. Jacek Kęsik (Lublin University of Technology)
3) Dr. Elżbieta Miłosz (Lublin University of Technology)
4) Dr. Katarzyna Urban (Catholic University of Lublin) – historical director of the expedition
5) prof. Jerzy Montusiewicz (Lublin University of Technology)

and:
6) Małgorzata Tys (Archdiocese of Chicago) – logistics of the expedition

The expedition was actively supported by Polish activists in Chicago:

• Daniel Pogorzelski
• Marek Dobrzycki

Thanks

We would like to thank all those who helped us during the expedition: Polish community activists, the Archdiocese of Chicago, parish priests and their associates (priests, nuns, volunteers), the media, the Consul General of the Republic of Poland and his associates, companies taking care of the buildings, and all the nice and helpful people we met on our way.

Photo documentation of the expedition

Church of St. Blaise in Chicago

Church of St. Maximilian Kolbe in Marytown, Chicago

Church of St. Josephata in Chicago

Church of St. Bruno in Chicago

Church of St. Michael the Archangel in Radom

Basilica of St. Josephata in Milwaukee

Church of St. Adalbert in Chicago

The results of the work are here.

Photo exhibition at the Church of St. Trinity in Chicago

Meeting at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago

TV “Trwam” and Radio Maryja

Radio DEON

Chicago Union Journal

Radio 103.1 FM

Polish Radio Chicago

Other

Pieta from the Church of St. Wojciech, Chicago (now at St. Paul’s Church, Chicago)

The bell from the church of St. Francis of Assisi, Chicago