The NCSS conference took place at the Moscone West Conference center in San Francisco, November 17-19, 2017. Debbie Majka, Raymond and Cecilia Glembocki attended this conference. The exhibit booth was in the International Alley of the convention center.
1. Expanding Visions - Bridging Traditions
2. Book for Polish families and educators
3. ACPC booth was on International Alley
2017 National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Exhibit Report
Polish Perspectives Booth
Submitted by Raymond and Cecilia Glembocki
4. Front view of the Polish Perspectives Booth
5. Debbie Majka, Deacon Chichon, Cecilia Glembocki
6. Polish confections and materials
There were 3,404 educators who attended at this conference, 209 exhibitors, and 30 exhibitors in the international alley. The attendance was lower than Washington DC 2016, New Orleans 2015 and Boston 2014. It was on par with St. Louis 2013 and Seattle 2012.
It was our purpose to create interest in Polish subjects whether historical or cultural. We gained respect by communicating on number of topics as World War II, the Holocaust, Auschwitz, Jan DeRosen and Wilson/Paderewski 14-points poster. Since it was Poland's celebration of the accomplishments of Kosciusko, elementary and high school work and activity books were provided by the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America in Chicago.
Educators were interested in the Customs and Traditions as well as history of Poland books. The History of Poland 966-2016 books was sent by the Foreign Ministry Department through the diligent efforts of Mr. Zygmunt Matynia - Consul at the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC.
7. Debbie Majka, Ray Glembocki, Aquila Polonica donated books
8. Books about Jan Karski
The highlight of the conference was the enthusiasm of these educators. They were thrilled with our selection of books, leaflets, handouts on various topics: Kosciusko, Jan Karski, Irena Sendler, Pulaski, Pope Saint John Paul II and Maria Curie. Thanks go out to Barbara Lemecha, Jaroslaw Golembiowski, Deacon Chicon, Caria Tomczykowska and Debbie Majka for gathering materials, mailing packages.
9. Debbie Majka and Kenneth DeMasi
10. Ray Glembocki, teacher, Debbie Majka
Terry Tegnazian of Aquila Polonica supplied two each of the following books:
11. Aquila Polonica donated books
12. Presenting the CD Series to teachers
303 Squadron (the Legendary Battle of Britain Fighter Squadron);
The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery (story of Capt. Witold Pilecki);
The Color of Courage (World War II diary of Julian Kulski);
Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded;
The Ice Road: An Epic Journey from Stalinist Labor Camp to Freedom;
Maps and Shadows (a novel);
The Mermaid and the Messerschmitt: War Through a Woman's Eyes 1939-1940 and Siege (DVD).
The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Poland granted ACPC additional funds to pay for the cost of the booth ($1,350). ACPC's individual affiliated chapters and individual members contributed. The Polish American Congress Charitable Educational Foundation supported the Exhibit. All educational materials are reviewed yearly. Each year a newly updated CD on Notable Poles is created and distributed to all educators at the conference.
13. Ray Glembocki, Debbie Majka, Caria Tomczykowska
14. Jamestown Poster of Early Polish Settlers
15. Donna Kiel and Cecilia Glembocki
Achievements and Accomplishments:
- Stressed Jamestown's contribution to the American colonies and to the future of American Democracy. Promoted the fact that the Work Stoppage was for a right to Vote obtained in 1619.
- Displayed and promoted Pope John Paul II's legacy with fascinating DVDs & CDs about The Nine Days that Changed the World
- Children's book - Poland a Portrait of a Country through its Festivals and Traditions was a huge success; exhibitors and attendees purchased these at a promotional price.
- A CD that consisted of a series of 40 notable Poles in a poster format for printing in house were distributed along with a DVD
- Posters were a popular item esp. on Jamestown's settlement.
- We are working closely with the Holocaust Museum to get a documented verbal history of Poles during the Holocaust.
- We are working cooperatively with the Polish Embassy to Promote the 100 Poland's Independence, and the 40th anniversary of Pope Saint John Paul's II Papacy.
- Working cooperatively with the Polish American Arts Ass'n of Washington DC to continue to promote the children's book. Only 700 books our of 1,800 remain in stock.
- The Foreign Ministry of the Republic of Poland has granted ACPC $1,700 for 2018. That would be for the booth space of $1,400 and $300 for the supplemental CDs to enhance the educational materials in the exhibit area.
The exhibit chairperson, Raymond Glembocki is pursuing writing an article on the Right to Vote for submission to the Colonial Williamsburg Publication: Trends and Traditions. It should be published in January of 2019.
16. Debbie Majka, teachers, Ray Glembocki
17. CD ROM and books provided by the Polish Tourist Ministry
The 98th conference of the National Council for the Social Studies will be held from November 30 to December 2 at the Hyatt Regency, 151 E Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL. It will return to Washington DC for its 100th Anniversary in 2019.
The Program Directory has our booth listed in the International Alley section.
This exhibit is designed and sponsored by the American Council for Polish Culture with the goal of inspiring educators to examine Polish contributions to the western civilization. The materials provided will send you on a journey of exploring, understanding and appreciating their historical value. There are lesson plans, posters, brochures and other resources designed to enhance educators' understanding of Poland's participation in these landmark events.
Raymond and Cecilia Glembocki -- NCSS Co-Chairs, ACPC
You are most welcome to join us and tell your story, share your Polish Culture.
Next year's event will take place in Chicago, Illinois - Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, 2018
To assist our mission and to "Keep Our Heritage Alive", please make checks payable to ACPC/NCSS and mail to:
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