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Poles and Americans: A Centennial of Friendship

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America played an important role in Poland’s regaining its independence following World War I. On January 8, 1918, President Woodrow Wilson, inspired by the Polish statesman and virtuoso Ignacy Jan Paderewski, announced his famous “Fourteen Points” before a joint session of Congress. Today, the U.S.-Poland partnership is expressed in many concrete ways, from the Warsaw Process to promote peace and security in the Middle East, to mutual defense cooperation, to strengthening commerce and trade links and enhancing energy security.

Fittingly, 2019 marks the centennial of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Poland and the United States. To celebrate this unique anniversary, a panel display presented by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland – “Poles and Americans: A Centennial of Friendship” – is on view in the Spotlight on Diplomacy corner at the National Museum of American Diplomacy. Showcasing a brief overview of both past and current diplomatic relations between our two countries, the display is viewable until October 4th, 2019, and is open to the public between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (visitors must pass through a security screening).