Pol­ish dis­play on at mu­seum

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By GILDA MCK­NIGHT Pres­i­dent, Pahiatua & Dis­tricts Mu­seum

To cel­e­brate 40 years since the open­ing of the Pahiatua & Dis­tricts Mu­seum, the Pol­ish Army League dis­play will be set up by Te Manawa Mu­seum from Oc­to­ber 17 to early No­vem­ber.

This dis­play fea­tures the rea­sons for the for­ma­tion of the lo­cal Pol­ish Army League in Palmerston North, and the sup­port it pro­vided the al­lied Pol­ish sol­diers who fought along­side NZ sol­diers. This lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tion was spear­headed by Anne Jac­ques in De­cem­ber 1941 and set up a head­quar­ters at the PDC, now the Plaza.

The Pol­ish sol­diers were so grate­ful for the sup­port they re­ceived from this band of women from Palmerston North, that they cre­ated an ex­hi­bi­tion of Trench Art, and sent it to NZ as a ges­ture of thanks.

The Pahiatua and Dis­tricts’ Mu­seum is pleased to be able to bring this dis­play of Pol­ish art­work to the lo­cal com­mu­nity, and is also a fit­ting cel­e­bra­tion to mark 45 years since Poland and New Zealand be­gan for­mal re­la­tions, cul­mi­nat­ing in the sign­ing of the twin town agree­ment with Kaz­imierz re­cently.

Oc­to­ber will be a busy month at the mu­seum, with sev­eral groups booked in out­side of nor­mal open­ing hours.

The pub­lic is in­vited to pop in when­ever the open sign is out to en­joy this dis­play.

If lo­cal com­mu­nity mem­bers would like the op­por­tu­nity to view the dis­play by spe­cial ar­range­ment, please con­tact 376-7445.

Pahiatua & Dis­tricts Mu­seum in Sed­cole Street, Pahiatua.

The orig­i­nal in­vi­ta­tion to the open­ing of the mu­seum.

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