Polish Art Center, Hamtramck Museum
Open House Draws Large Crowd

An open house at the Polish Art Center and the Hamtramck Historical Museum in Hamtramck, Michigan, drew hundreds of visitors over the past weekend. Polish and not-so-Polish shoppers packed the Art Center and visited the Museum over the two-day event, which featured a fabulous luncheon buffet with coffee, champagne, and all the holiday cheer imaginable.

Yours truly spent both days signing books and chatting with customers and museum visitors, including old colleagues from the Detroit Public Library Cheri Gay, Paula Kaczmarek, Margaret Kaminski, Eileen Sullivan, and Ann Gordon. Sullivan’s husband, photographer Tom Sherry, ceremoniously helped me deliver my framed copy of a photograph he had taken of the late Dmytro Szylak, creator of what has affectionately become known as Hamtramck Disneyland, to Greg Kowalski for inclusion in the collection of the Historical Museum.

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Tom Sherry presenting his photograph of Hamtramck Disneyland to Greg Kowalski of the Hamtramck Historical Museum.

The author of many books about Hamtramck, Greg Kowalski is the mastermind behind the Museum, which is next door to the Polish Art Center, where proprietors Joan and Raymond Bittner are tireless supporters and advocates for the museum, the interior of which is currently being renovated and expanded, while local artist Dennis Orlowski paints a giant mural dipicting the history and diversity of the City of Hamtramck. Historically Polish, Hamtramck is now home to a dazzling array of ethnic groups, including a large Muslim population.

Thanks to everyone who bought a copy of Busia: Seasons on the Farm with My Polish Grandmother, proceeds from which help the support the Hamtramck Historical Museum. There plenty of time for Christmas shopping on the Polish Art Center website.
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