The Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle: Its History and Resources
Presentation by: Mary Lanham
Mary Lanham, the librarian for the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, will give a PowerPoint presentation on the history of her organization from its founding to the present day at the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo’s June meeting. The title of her program will be “The Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle: Its History and Resources”.
The Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, Buffalo’s oldest Polish-American non-ecclesiastical organization, was founded in 1895 with the mission of preserving Polish literature, history, and theater in the United States. In its 120-year history, the Circle has hosted Polish dignitaries, sponsored Polish plays, fronted a speakeasy and built a 12,000-volume library. Ms. Lanham’s association with the Circle began in 2010 when she reorganized and reopened the library after it had been closed for nearly 20 years. For her dedication to reopening the library she was named the Am-Pol Eagle’sCitizen of the Year as a Community Leader.
Ms. Lanham will discuss select items from the collection. Some of these will be the organization’s guestbook which includes the signatures of Lech Walesa and Saint John Paul II, a catalogue of Polish coins that predate the 20th century, a medallion of Adam Mickiewicz made by artist Joseph Mazur, some of the Circle’s more interesting archival records, and the library’s famous handwritten plays.
Ms. Lanham is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo where she received her Master's of Library Science degree. She is a member of the American Library Association, the New York Library Association and the Polish American Librarians Association. In February, 2014, she became the Book Review Editor for the Polish American Journal in which she writes the column “Books in Brief”.
The program will begin at 7 pm on Wed., June 10 at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Rd., Amherst. A $5 donation will be requested of non-members.