COMMUNITY'S EFFORTS TO RESTORE HERO'S MEMORIAL EXEMPLIFIES KOSCIUSZKO'S EXTRAORDINARY LIFE
January 22, 2014
The story of American hero General Tadeusz Kosciuszko is a compelling story of dedication, patriotism and devotion. Almost as compelling is the story of how a Polish immigrant community on the south side of Milwaukee united to honor their hero, and over a century later this community pulled back together to restore his memorial statue. In MEMORIALIZING KOSCIUSZKO, Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) tells both General Kosciuszko's story and the remarkable story of his monument in Kosciuszko Park.
In 1905, the Polish immigrant community, proud of its heritage, erected a monument to one of its greatest heroes, General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. 100 years of wind, snow and rain left the monument in need of considerable repair, and in 2008, a dedicated group of local residents organized to raise over $400,000 to restore the statue to its original glory. In February 2013, the sculpture was removed from its plinth at Kosciuszko Park for a complete overhaul and cleaning.
Focusing on the community effort to restore the sculpture, MEMORIALIZING KOSCIUSZKO also tells the story of the Polish general - his involvement in the American Revolution, his role in designing defense fortifications at West Point, and his return to Poland to fight for Polish independence and the story of his famous will. Also, paralleling the grass-roots effort to raise the funds needed to restore the memorial, a portion of the funding needed to produce MEMORIALIZING KOSCIUSZKO was raised through online "crowdfunding" efforts, a first for MPTV.
MPTV is hosting a preview event on January 28 at 6:00 p.m. at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, located at 6941 S. 68th Street in Franklin. MEMORIALIZING KOSCIUSZKO will be screened and a guest panel will discuss the restoration effort. The event is free and open to the public, but seating is first-come, first-served. For more information on the preview event, visit www.mptv.org/events/.
MEMORIALIZING KOSCIUSZKO airs on February 3 at 9:00 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2. It will be re-broadcast on February 7 at 10:30 p.m. on MPTV 10.1 HD and 36.2 and February 8 at 10:05 p.m., February 9 at 11:33 a.m. and February 11 at 4:33 a.m. on MPTV 36.1 HD.
For more information on the Kosciuszko restoration effort, visit http://www.rkmmilwaukee.org/index.php.
Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) is southeastern Wisconsin's premier non-commercial media organization. MPTV consists of two high-definition television stations, WMVS and WMVT, and seven additional digital television services. The MPTV stations are the area's only over-the-air source for PBS and other national public television programs, and also offer a diverse schedule of their own award-winning local series and specials. The stations are watched by over 900,000 viewers each week throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.
For more information, visit www.mptv.org.
Erin Eaton, Publicist/Grant Writer
P: (414) 297-8229
Julie Hill Lehr, Manager-Marketing and Community Engagement
P: (414) 297-7518