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The lecture entitled “The earliest history of the Barbacki family” and a tourist guide promotion event

Najdawniejsze dzieje Barbackich - poradnik genealogaOn Saturday 24 February 2018 in Nowy Sącz a lecture opened to the public entitled “The earliest history of the Barbacki family: Review of sources or genealogical study guidelines” took place. The organizers of the event were: the Foundation EUROS, Evangelical-Augsburg Parish of the Transfiguration and Sądecki Sztetl. The lecturer was Anna Żalińska – historian, archivist, head of the Foundation EUROS, who for years has been interested in the life and work of the artist-painter Bolesław Barbacki (1891-1941) and the history of his family.
During the lecture Mrs. Żalińska presented the copies of the oldest archival materials identified to date. Among them were the copies of documents from the National Archives in Krakow – the Branch in Nowy Sącz, the archives of the Jagiellonian University, Military Historical Bureau (former Central Military Archives). The oldest history of the family going back to times before their arrival to Nowy Sącz was presented on the basis of records and a parish chronicle from Słopnice Dolne (former Słopnice Królewskie) and the St. Apostles’ Peter and Paul Parish Church in Uście Solne. The oldest records date back to mid 18th century.
The lecture included the promotion of the tourist brochure “The trail of Bolesław Barbacki in Nowy Sącz”. It presents the painter’s biography in relation to the places in Nowy Sącz. The honorary patronage over the publication was granted by the Mayor President of Nowy Sącz and the tourist organization PTTK – the Branch “Beskid” in Nowy Sącz. The printing was possible thanks to our private donor and the cooperation with the Pedagogical Provincial Library in Nowy Sącz and the Małopolska Drivers Examination Center in Nowy Sącz. The brochure will be soon available free of charge in the Tourist Information Center in Nowy Sącz.
Both the brochure and the lecture met with positive reception from the audience. The event was honored by the presence of a representative of the Barbacki family, a representative of the City Hall and a member of the City Council of Nowy Sącz.
We thank everyone who helped to organize and who took part in the event.
In the gallery we have put a few photos documenting the event. The information about can be also found on the website of the Nowy Sącz Municipal Office: www.nowysacz.pl/wydarzenia/18442.

1st Forum of Public Dialogue in Nowy Sącz

On January 26, 2018, the last meeting of the 1st Public Dialogue Forum in Nowy Sącz took place. A series of four lectures was conducted under the motto “Who meets Jesus Christ, meets Judaism” what is a quotation from Pope John Paul II.
The event was organized by the Foundation EUROS, the Evangelical-Augsburg Parish in Nowy Sącz and the National Archives in Krakow. The speaker and initiator of the event was Arkadiusz Herzberg, holder of the master’s degree in history, employee of the National Archives in Krakow – the Branch in Nowy Sącz, whose hobby is also following the FC Barcelona football club. Mr. Herzberg is interested in the topic of Judaism and early stages of Christianity for more than a decade.
During the four meetings, the issues covered were as follows: the origin of Christianity, the reasons for the Christian and Jewish divide, a controversial thesis according to which modern Judaism is a direct continuation of the thought and faith of the biblical Israel. During the last meeting the invited guests thoroughly discussed all the above mentioned topics. Also an attempt was made to answer the question whether the common roots of two great religions can be the basis for dialogue.
The meetings were received with great interest by the citizens of Nowy Sącz. We would like to thank all the co-organizers, participants and invited guests. Photos from the event are available in the gallery.

Cooperation request

Barbacki_BielańskaWe are interested in cooperation in respect of doing research and promotion of the life and works of the painter Boleslaw Barbacki (1891-1941).

Boleslaw Barbacki was a prominent portrait painter, a student of Teodor Axentowicz. He was a representative of realism. He worked mainly in his hometown Nowy Sącz. His most outstanding paintings are mainly oil paintings: portraits and nudes but also still life and landscapes as well as some religious paintings. Apart from art, he devoted his time to theater and teaching: he was a principal of the Industrial School for Girls in Nowy Sącz and the founder of the Industrial Manufacturing Company for the graduates of the school,. Moreover, he was the president of the Gymnastic Society “Falcon” in Nowy Sącz and acted as a director, actor and stage designer of the amateur theater called Dramatic Society.

Within the scope of activities of the Foundation we are planning a number of projects aimed at the promotion of the artist. Therefore, we are looking for an art historian to help us as a consultant or one that would be interested in writing (independently or in cooperation) a scientific article about the painting of Barbacki.

Anyone interested is requested to contact the Management Board of the Foundation EUROS.