Join us today on Ask A Historian as we explore the Museums and Archives of the Polish Armed Forces also known as the Orlinski Museum.
Matthew Wilkinson is joined by Robert Stanczyk from the Museums and Archives of the Polish Armed Forces who discusses the history of the museum, the historic figures and patrons that are honoured by the museum, current exhibits, and the exciting future plans for the museum.
The Museum and Archives of Polish Armed Forces is located in the Wawel Villa Senior home. One of the most renowned veterans of the home was Col. Boleslaw Orlinski, a Polish aviator, whose dream it was to create a museum in memory of the many Polish veterans who call Canada their home.
Orlinski passed away on February 28, 1992, leaving his memorabilia and funds to achieve this dream. As a means of honouring Boleslaw Orlinski’s wishes and the other Polish veteran residents at Wawel Villa, the Museum and Archives of the Polish Armed Forces was created, affectionately known as the “Orlinski Museum” to the residents.
The Museum and Archives of the Polish Armed Forces was opened on February 24, 2002. Although most of the Polish veterans of World War II are now gone, the museum continues to keep their spirit and memory alive. The museum serves as a living tribute to the many Polish veterans who call Wawel Villa their home.
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