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POLONIA: THE GREATER LOWELL 
AMERICAN COMMUNITY PAST & PRESENT
 
commitment to the spirit of Polonia.  They observe some Polish customs, have varying degrees of proficiency in the Polish language, and are interested in and knowledgeable about the history and culture of both Poland and Polonia.  Some generously share this enthusiasm and expertise with others through participation in civic commemorations, flag-raisings, concerts, polka dances, and folk festivals. Polonia continues to contribute to the cultural and historical life of Lowell, a city that honors stories such as those of Polonia.

THE LOWELL POLISH CULTURAL COMMITTEE
The Lowell Polish Cultural Committee was formed in 1981.  This small but stalwart group, previously known as the Polish Regatta Committee, had been involved in all of Lowell's Regatta Festivals, as well as the National and Lowell Folk Festivals.  The stated goals of the Committee include fostering an awareness of Polish culture and appreciation of the history and contributions of Lowell's Polonia.  The Lowell Polish Cultural Committee serve as a resource for individuals and groups and donates many of its proceeds to Scholarship Funds and to other cultural organizations.

THE EXHIBIT

Polonia: The Greater Lowell Polish American Community, Past and Present coincides with the Bicentennial of Poland's Constitution.  Focusing on five broad themes: Time and Place, Soul and Spirit, Progress and Participation, Work and Play, and Words and Music, the exhibit presents the uniquely Polish thread that is woven into Lowell's multi-cultural tapestry.  The Lowell Polish Cultural Committee hopes to show the vibrancy and growth of Polonia through the years, the contributions of its members to their own ethnic community as well as that of Greater Lowell, and both constancy and change within this defined community.  The importance of churches and civic organizations and values and traditions of Polonia, are apparent in the exhibit.  While certain leaders or prominent members of this community may be deservedly recognized, the exhibit's focus is on Polonia as a whole and meant to be a tribute to all her members.

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