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The Heritage Preservation And Education Foundation In Formation

A project for the establishment and growth of The Heritage Preservation And Education Foundation and attendant museum.

This project is seeking funding under the Poland Chamber Business Development Program.

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The project description is below.


The Heritage Preservatiion And Education Foundation

The Heritage Preservatiion And Education Foundation, in formation as a nonprofit, non-governmental public benefit organization will establish interactive, miniature dioramas displayed in a museum where the public can learn about the rich and significant history of prewar Poland.

Our mission is one of preservation, restoration and education of knowledge about prewar Poland, its culture and technical, architectural and societal achievements..

To foster our mission of education, we will record and create interactive, miniature displays of pre-war buildings and sites that were either destroyed by the war or developers or are now abandoned and going to ruins because of the shift in manufacturing away from Poland to the Far East..

Additionally we will gather and digitize materials such as plans, photographs, films, books, magazines, newspapers, documents, etc. Related to prewar Poland, its industries and residents.

We will provide educational workshops for people, particularly younger people, to educate them about the history in these buildings and sites and how they affected the development of Poland, the Polish economy and culture.

We will further assist other oirganizations such as Train Museum Sochaczew to restore historical equipment, buildings and sites.


Foundation Priority

The foundation's first priority will be to establish a museum containing a large and diverse display of interactive exhibits were the prewar story can be told in a way that will be attractive and meaningful to the general public.

Each exhibit will include interactive video presentations, models, dioramas, photographs, artwork and artifacts of significance to the story being told.

A secondary mission will be to support preservation efforts of heritage sites and artifacts across Poland.

The foundation supports the efforts, past and current, of numerous existing museums and preservation organizations and in no way seeks to compete with them.

In establishing its exhibits rich in content with models displayed in context, the foundation seeks to tell a story in a different way.


Reason For The Foundation

The development of prewar Poland was a creature of a symbiotic relationship between mining, railroads, industry and farming.

Steam locomotives and factory steam engines required coal to operate. Coal mines needed steam locomotives to move coal to factories.

Rail lines had to be built from coal mines to points around the country. So the growth of rail was initially from the mines outward as steam engines moved coal and construction equipment along these new rail lines to enable further construction.

With standard gauge railroads making coal available around the country, easily expandable and less expensive narrow gauge railroads were built enabling smaller steam engines to reach out into the countryside fostering such things as the development of the sugarbeet industry, among others.

The standard gauge lines acted as the arteries and the narrow gauge rail lines acted as the veins in an economic circulatory system.

The war destroyed so much.

But the movement of manufacturing out of Poland and the decline in the use of coal has resulted in the destruction of much more.

Now obsolete factory complexes are going to ruins or being torn down by developers. Centerpieces of local cultures are all but forgotten.

Generally young people know nothing about then.

For example, how many know how the coal, rail relationship and narrow gauge railroads enabled the growth of the sugarbeet industry.

Few know how narrow gauge railroads moved bricks from outlying districts to Warsaw without which the thousands of brick buildings and factories would not have been built.

And few know how, even after the war, narrow gauge railroads moves brick into such places as the Warsaw Old Town Square for the reconstruction of Warsaw.

Few know how iron ore mining evolved from a charcoal-based system generally localized in the Swietokrzyskie Region to a coal-based system, generally located in Slask and that shift's effect on the people and country.


How We Differ From Existing Museums

Museums generally display artifacts, collections and individual pieces with emphasis placed on describing such individual pieces. Descriptions and displays are focused on single items.

Our displays will be illustrations and exclamation with models, art, etc. used to put the story being told in context of the region, time and history.

We will illustrate and interactively tell stories in the broader context.