Begun in 1936, Sabina Logisz's work and dedication to the Polish community is honored by the Polish Museum of America


Official ceremony honoring Sabina Logisz includes her family and the PMA and PRUCA families

The Polish Museum of America's Great Hall, located on the third floor of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA), at 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., was official named Sabina Logisz Great Hall in recognition of a life time of service and dedication. The honoree's portrait was surrounded by her family, friends and admirers.


Jan Lorys led off the ceremonies


Joseph Drobot shared personal remembrances of the honoree

Following an introduction by the Polish Museum of America's (PMA) Director Jan Lorys, Mr. Joseph Drobot, PRCUA President and PMA Chairman of the Board, shared some of his remembrances of Logisz. "...(She) contributed all of her time and efforts to this museum except for the seven or eight years when she was the secretary to my father who was President of the PRCUA. When we came to visit dad here, we always enjoyed conversations with her. She was always such a proper lady and so kind to us and our family that we just loved her."
Maria Ciesla

Maria Ciesla delivers her opening remarks

Maria Ciesla, PMA President, began by reminding the audience that Sabina Logisz passed away one day before her ninety-fourth birthday on Nov. 9, 2010, and that she "...had perseverance and dedication the likes of which any of us has rarely seen...she was valuable to PMA and PRCUA long after many seekout retirement."


Margaret Kozak speaks on behalf of the Logisz family with other family members looking on along with Sabina

Logisz's neice, Margaret Kozak, spoke on behalf of the family thanking all for the honor bestowed on her aunt. "She was a person of achievement... I will share with you one vanity. She loved seeing her name in print. Not just her name 'Sabina' but the family name 'Logisz.'"

As reported by Daniel Pogorzelski, Sabina Logisz's enthusiastic interest in December of 1936 with the newly founded Polish Museum of America,  led to a seventy-four-year "love affair" with the Museum.

From 1936 until 1948, Logisz, the Museum's second employee, used her organizational skills to assist Mieczyslaw Haiman, the first curator of the PMA, in organizing its archival materials. After his death in 1949, she fulfilled the duties of curator and successfully secured more space for the Museum's growing collections.

Logisz was an active member of many educational, social, and philanthropic organizations including the Polish American Historical Association and the Polish Arts Club of Chicago.  She was a member of the Legion of Young Polish Women and of the Auxiliary of St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital.


The plaque honoring Sabina Logisz

Having received numerous awards for her contributions to Polonia,  she received the "Woman of the Year" award from the Polish American Scholarship Fund in 1976. In 1990, she was awarded the Officer's Cross of Polonia Restituta for publishing material on Polish culture.  In 1998, the Minister of Culture and Arts of the Republic of Poland presented  her with the award for Meritious Service to Polish Culture. In September 2007, Logisz received, from the Republic of Poland, the highest cultural award given outside of Poland, the Golden Gloria Artis.

Listed in The World Who's Who of Women, Logisz was honored by Mayor Richard M. Daley for her contributions to Chicago Polonia, by Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas, and was featured on Harry Porterfield's, WLS-TV Channel 7, "Someone You Should Know."



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