Through the efforts of Project Director, Ceil Wendt Jensen and Editor, Dr. Hal Learman, this publication of The History of the Polish Panorama provides a pictographic and brief historical presentation of The Polish Panorama — a diorama representing over a thousand years of Polish history and composed of 106 figures — has educated and entertained audiences, both young and old, for over thirty years. Several years ago the importance of renovating the unique pageant became apparent. The first stage of fund raising began with the establishment of the Guardian Angel program for the figures. For a donation of $500.00 or more, a donor could choose a character from the diorama and become its patron. Contact The Polish Mission at 248-683-0412 to arrange an onsite viewing of the Polish Panorama.
The publication of Portrait Studios of Detroit’s Polonia: The Face of Polish Immigration, had been made possible through a grant awarded to The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools by the Michigan Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Numerous individuals and organizations willing loaned or donated images that allowed Editor, Dr. Hal Learman and Project Director, Ceil Wendt Jensen to create this 84 page album which illustrates and describes the work of major and minor photographers who serviced the community throughout the cycle of life, chronicling religious sacraments, academic pursuits, and the activities of ethnic organizations.