President of Poland Andrzej Duda and his wife visiting CCSU on September 22, 2019 - alongside CCSU's President Zulma Toro & other CCSU staff

President of Poland visits CCSU and the Burritt Library

The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and first lady,  Agata Kornhauser-Duda, visited New Britain on Sunday, September 22, to meet the local Polish community. While here, they stopped at Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library to tour the Polish-American archives and book collection and learn about the Polish Studies Program. 

While at CCSU, the President and his wife were hosted by Dr. Zulma Toro, CCSU President, Dr. M.B. Biskupski, the Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies, and Dr. Carl Antonucci, Director of LIbrary Sevices. 

They were joined by some Polish faculty and students from the CCSU Polish Club.

Their visit revolved around a large display that Ms.Renata Vickrey, University Archivist and Special Collections librarian, constructed illustrating the history of  the local Polish community and CCSU’s Polish Studies Program. President Duda was motivated enough to offer to send books and materials related to Polish history to CCSU to augment the collection when he returned to Poland.

It was a proud day for CCSU and the local Polish community – an opportunity to share our accomplishments and heritage with a sitting Head of State. It was indeed an historic visit for all of us.

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