Monday, March 10, 2008

General Thaddeus Kosciuszko

The statue of General Kosciuszko (1746-1817) native son of Poland and a general in Washington's army. On the lakefront, along the musuem campus drive. Read a recent article from the Chicago Sun-Times on the late great general.


  1. How interesting! I had no idea. Thank you for this walk through history. I love stuff like this!

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  3. We have a statue of Kosciuszko in the Public Garden, and I've never had a problem pronouncing his name. No, I am not Polish, the nuns just taught us how to pronounce Catholic names (or else, ya know:) I still have the flattened knuckles to prove it.

    I think it's kind of funny, but probably true that he lost out to Pulaski because of his name; but then again, Pulaski ain't exactly Smith either.

  4. thanks dc and clueless--i did see that boston (aside from some other places) also has a "koz" statue...i guess schoolkids don't really care about who gets the honor of a holiday as long as they get a day off...