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Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2016 3:19 am      Post subject: We're all migrants - exhibition in Poznań
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In Poznań there is a very interesting exhibition: "We're all migrants. Letters of 19th century Polish emigrants to America". The exhibition is in ZAMEK Culture Centre.

"The exhibition presents the fates of Polish emigrants, who in the 19th century decided to sail across the Atlantic in search of a better life. Letters from America never reached their addressees, as they were confiscated by the censors of the czarist regime. The body of correspondence was discovered in 1941 by a historian, Professor Witold Kula, and were used as material for research conducted with students at clandestine university classes in occupied Poland. The exhibition will show some 30 letters dating from 1890‒1891, courtesy of the State Archives of the Capital City of Warsaw, photographs of emigrants, sourced from American archives, as well as objects of everyday use from the collection of the Ethnographic Museum in Toruń."

The exhibition can be visited till 28 November 2016. The authors of the exhibition prepared the fragments of the letters in different contexts such as the difficult journey through the ocean, the promised land - life in America, hard work of the emigrants, longing for the loved ones, divided families and missing for some objects of everyday use. The only defect of the exhibition is that it is only in Polish.

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