Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 14, 2017.  The meeting will be held in Princess Manor, 92 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222. The executive board will meet at 6 pm The general membership meeting will begin at 7:15 pm. All are welcome!

Additionally, Izabela Joanna Barry would present: “Kosciuszko and the Women of His Life”


We know Kościuszko as a brave soldier and fortifications engineer, a general, a participant of the War of Independence of the United States, the head of the Polish uprising against three great powers, a national hero of the United States and Poland, and finally as a gardener, artist, and philanthropist. But Kościuszko was also a man, quite a handsome one at that. Did he not really have a personal life? Did the lovely maidens not love him? Wasn’t he ever infatuated with a woman? We invite you to the lecture “Kościuszko and the Women of His Life,” which partly will explain these secrets to us.

Cóż wiemy o Tadeuszu Kościuszce, bohaterze narodowym dwóch narodów – Polski i Stanów Zjednoczonych? Że był dzielnym odważnym żołnierzem, inżynierem, który budował fortyfikacje, że brał udział w rewolucji amerykańskiej i że przewodził Insurekcji – ostatniej próbie przeciwstawienia się trzem wielkim mocarstwom, które chciały zagrabić Polskę. Wiemy także, że był czułym ogrodnikiem, wrażliwym rysownikiem i akwarelistą i, że – mimo zakazu władz miejskich w Solurze – szczodrze obdzielał żebraków pieniędzmi. Ale Kościuszko to także mężczyzna, jak wiem – dość przystojny. Czy naprawdę nie miał żadnego życia osobistego? Czy nie było żadnych panien, które w sobie rozkochał? Czy on sam nigdy nie smalił cholewek do żadnej panny? Zapraszamy na prezentację pt. Kościuszko i kobiety jego życia, która przynajmniej częściowo wyjaśni nam pewne tajemnice…

About the presenter

Izabela Joanna Barry is an adult specialist librarian at the Brooklyn Public Library, Greenpoint Branch. She also is an adjunct assistant professor at the College of Staten Island, CUNY. She was born in Poland and is a citizen of Canada. She holds Masters Degrees in Polish Philology from the University of Wrocław and in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta. In her capacity as a librarian, she serves the large Polish population as well as all other library patrons in Greenpoint. Among other duties, Ms. Barry is responsible for the selection and purchase of Polish books for the entire BPL system.

For many years she has been involved in the activities of the Ethnic Services Roundtable (ESRT), a NY Library Association (NYLA) chapter and served past president. For NYLA, she composed three annotated bibliographies of Polish literature, which have been distributed to public libraries throughout New York State. She was also an invited panelist at several NYLA conference workshops and organized many workshops. Ms. Barry was a speaker at the Annual Kosciuszko Conference in West Point.

For the past three years, Ms. Barry has been involved in the project “Greenpoint – Transformation”, and especially in its section devoted to spoken history which aims at recording stories of elderly Polish immigrants. Since then she has presented research results at various conferences, including the annual PIASA conference.

Mrs. Barry started her career in Poland as an editor and a journalist. She continues to contribute to Polish language newspapers and magazines, writing articles about the fine arts. For the many years she’s been a book reviewer for Przeglad Polski, the literary supplement to Nowy Dziennik. She also has translated poems and scholarly articles between English and Polish, and edited many books. She has organized and been invited to moderate numerous readings in Brooklyn. She specializes in Polish and other Central and Eastern European writers.