Board of Directors

The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum was deemed a corporation by the State of Minnesota on October 19, 1979. The services of our incorporating lawyer, David Davenport, were provided as a gift by Michael Pehler. In addition to the Rev. Paul Breza, the original incorporators were Alice Breza, Angie Peterson, Jo Caldwell, Marianne (Rice) Morrison, and Sheila and Dennis Daly.

The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum is owned entirely as a corporation gifted to a board of directors. Their efforts are all voluntary, and the museum has a tiny budget as compared to other institutions its size. The Board meets monthly, keeps minutes, and elects new members after deaths or resignations. We meet and proceed under Roberts Rules of Order.


  • Managing Founder: Rev. Paul Breza
  • President: Tim Breza
  • Vice President: John Wagenaar
  • Treasurer: Peter Kleinschmidt
  • Secretary: Jon Masyga  – Secretary


  • Mary Drury
  • Chuck Kernlner
  • Steve Zolondek


  • Louise Jaszewski
  • Adam Pingot
  • Louise Prondzinski

  • Comments

    Board of Directors — 6 Comments

    1. Hello! I’m from PA but am in town for a few days so I thought I would drop by the museum. What a wonderful experience! I wish I had more time to look and learn. I’m not sure the name if the person I was speaking with (I forget) but he was so interesting and knowledgable telling me about Winona and showing me pictures. Thank you for such a nice time!

    2. Hi, Boy I started to go through my sight and WOW I couldn’t believe how it toke on a change. I love it ! Makes me Proud to be a part of the Polish Museum in Winona, MN.
      I’ll be glad to give any visitor a tour as we have much more than you think and you may have questions you would like answered. We’ll sure try
      Thank You Louise Prondzinski

    3. I was absolutely floored by the collection of unique artifacts that are on display relating to the Polish culture, especially the rare Kashubians. This museum offers a wonderful opportunity to learn more about how the Poles settled the local area in the 1800s, why they came here, and how difficult it was communicating in the dying Kashubian language. An added bonus is the enormous amount of religious artifacts found on the second floor. Father Breza and his small staff of very enthusiastic, dedicated and knowledgeable people have established a wonderful venue that presents much to see and tells a great story and features a level of education not found elsewhere. Well Done!

    4. Hello everybody, this is Marta Szlubowska, I am a Polish-American violinist living currently in Jackson, MS. I lived in Winona with my family between 1999-2004. Some of you may remember me. I played a big recital at the museum once. I came and visited you all last summer and visited with Father Breza and other fine folks there. I was very impressed with how much the Polish Museum has developed since I left Winona. The videos are beautiful! So proud of you all for keeping this beautiful museum going. My daughter, Julia Kirk, who is also a violinist, violist and pianist, is currently studying at St. Mary’s University and speaks Polish, may be of some help to you. She has been busy with school, but the time will come when she will get to meet you all. I wanted to also invite you all to Julia’s concert with the Winona Symphony. She is the new Concertmistress and will be a featured soloist with the WSO this Saturday at 7:30 at Winona State University. You can get the details by going to the Winona Symphony website. I am sure she would love to see someone from the Polish Museum come and support her. Hope to visit you all again very soon!!! Love, Marta

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