Cultural Village

2017 Cultural Village Exhibits

The 2017 Cultural Village will feature folk artists demonstrating traditional Polish crafts, including wycinanki (paper cutting), pisanki (decorated eggs), wianki (floral head wreaths) and more.  The Polish sheepdogs, rabbits and chickens will also return. 

Polish Fest will celebrate this Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s 200th birthday anniversary with a special exhibit. 

An exhibit featuring Polish aviators (borrowed from the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago) will also be on display.

The Maly Sklep (“little store”) with Polish food and other goodies and Polanki’s sales tent featuring handmade Polish pottery (Boleslawiec), Christmas ornaments, recipe books and other folk art are both located in the Cultural Village. 

The Polish Genealogical Society and the Milwaukee County Genealogical Society will again be at Polish Fest in a new location, east of the demonstrator tent.   


Polish Forum

Visit the Forum Tent north of Main Gate to hear local historians speak about Polish-related history in Milwaukee and abroad.

Friday, June 16, 2:00 p.m.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko, 1746-1817- Monuments and Remembrances 

Presenter: Anne Gurnack, PhD Professor Emeritus, Parkside University


Friday, June 16, 3:00 p.m.   

Memorializing Kosciuszko,” the 30-minute documentary of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, the history of the monument in Milwaukee’s Kosciuszko Park honoring General Kosciuszko and the restoration of the monument—  Julie Hill Lehr from Milwaukee PBS and Raul C. Galvan, writer, producer and director of the documentary, will be present to answer questions.


Saturday, June 17, 2:00 p.m.

Polish National Anthems Through the Ages 

Presenter: Susan Mikos, Author and Community Advocate


Sunday, June 18, 2:00 p.m.   

Kosciuszko From Three Perspectives 

Presenters: John Gurda, Author, Historian, Emmy Award Winner 

                            Claude Krawczyk, Chairman of the Kosciuszko Monument                                Restoration Committee 

                            Angela Pinekos, PhD, Historian


*Between presentations, “Memorializing Kosciuszko” and “Kosciuszko: Poland Will Yet Dance” will be shown beginning at the beginning of the hour.    



 Learn To Cook with Polish Flair

Polish Fest will once again feature cooking demonstrations in the Food Demonstration tent. Local Polish cooks walk you through the steps to 
make your favorite Polish foods.

1:00pm                    Tom Radoszewski- Golabki (cabbage roll)                   3:00pm                    Tom Radoszewski- Golabki (cabbage roll)
5:00pm                    Anne Wal- Pierogi (sauerkraut and potato/cheddar cheese fillings)

1:00 pm                   Mary Ellen DeVito- Mushroom Soup
3:00 pm                  Michael Krass- Polish Sausage
5:00 pm                  Anne Wal- Pierogi-(mushroom and Sweet Cheese fillings)

3:00 pm                  Mary Ellen DeVito- Desserts