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Wielka Wieś

Wielka Wieś

  • Wielka Wieś

    The Wielka Wieś commune is located in the Krakow district, neighbouring on Krakow from the north-western side, right behind Bronowice. It is picturesquely located among the Krakow Valleys and near the Ojców National Park.

    Text: District Public Library in Wielka Wieś.

     

    Wielka Wieś

    The Wielka Wieś commune is located in the Krakow district, neighbouring on Krakow from the north-western side, right behind Bronowice. It is picturesquely located among the Krakow Valleys and near the Ojców National Park.

    Text: District Public Library in Wielka Wieś.

  • Oskar Kolberg

    Outstanding Polish ethnographer, folklorist, and composer. He was the first Polish ethnographer to collect and systematise the native folk culture according to regions in a multi-volume, monumental work entitled Lud. Jego zwyczaje, sposób życia, mowa, podania, przysłowia, obrzędy, gusła, zabawy, pieśni, muzyka i tańce (it includes around 12,000 songs, 1,250 folk Tales, 670 fairy tales, 2,700 proverbs, 350 riddles, and many other documents of folk culture).

    Oskar Kolberg

    (born on the 22nd of February 1814 in Przysucha, died on the 3rd of June 1890 in Krakow)

    Outstanding Polish ethnographer, folklorist, and composer. He was the first Polish ethnographer to collect and systematise the native folk culture according to regions in a multi-volume, monumental work entitled Lud. Jego zwyczaje, sposób życia, mowa, podania, przysłowia, obrzędy, gusła, zabawy, pieśni, muzyka i tańce (it includes around 12,000 songs, 1,250 folk Tales, 670 fairy tales, 2,700 proverbs, 350 riddles, and many other documents of folk culture).

    He spent many years in the village of Modlnica, where, at the invitation of Józef Konopka, he lived in the Konopka manor (currently the Reception and Conference Centre of the President of the Jagiellonian University, the manor houses the Jagiellonian University Museum – the Modlnica Branch, open to visitors). Kolberg moved from Warsaw to Modlnica in 1871 and stayed there for 13 years – until October 1884. A large portion of letters collected in the three published volumes of Korespondencja Oskara Kolberga was written from Modlnica. Moreover, as a token of gratitude, he dedicated the Krakowskie works to the Konopka family. The first page of part I reads: “O. Kolberg dedicates this work with a grateful heart to the most kind Konopka family in Tomaszowice, Modlnica, and Mogilany, as a token of a long-standing friendship”. All four volumes concerning the Krakow area include many examples from Modlnica, Tomaszowice, and their vicinity (the representations of peasant cottages and the attire of the local population, among others; some of the drawings were created by Tadeusz Konopka).

  • Józef Konopka

    (born in 1818 in Modlnica Wielka [currently Modlnica] near Krakow, died in 1880)

    Landowner, ethnographer by avocation, master at the manor in Modlnica. He collected local folk songs and proverbs and published them in the book Pieśni Ludu Krakowskiego (Krakow, 1841).

     

    Józef Konopka

    (born in 1818 in Modlnica Wielka [currently Modlnica] near Krakow, died in 1880)

    Landowner, ethnographer by avocation, master at the manor in Modlnica. He collected local folk songs and proverbs and published them in the book Pieśni Ludu Krakowskiego (Krakow, 1841).

  • Zofia Solarzowa

    Author of hundreds of songs of deep social content. Together with her husband, Ignacy Solarz, she took part in creating the first Folk University in Poland (the Country Folk University in Szyce, since 1930 – the Country Orkan University), where she worked as a lecturer until it was closed by the authorities in 1931. She carried out educational activity at the above-mentioned Country Folk University in Szyce, the Theatre University, and in singing groups.

    Zofia Solarzowa

    Zofia Solarzowa

    (born on the 8th of February 1902, died on the 22nd of January 1988)

    Author of hundreds of songs of deep social content. Together with her husband, Ignacy Solarz, she took part in creating the first Folk University in Poland (the Country Folk University in Szyce, since 1930 – the Country Orkan University), where she worked as a lecturer until it was closed by the authorities in 1931. She carried out educational activity at the above-mentioned Country Folk University in Szyce, the Theatre University, and in singing groups. Zofia Solarzowa’s published works include: Teatr z pieśni 1933, Pieśni Wiejskiego Uniwersytetu Orkanowego 1946, Hej, ode wsi... 1953, Sami tworzymy teatr 1960, Koszulka (stage play), Skalni ludzie (short stories) 1967, and Do niebieskich pował (songbook) 1986. Moreover, her plays, i.e.: Trzeba zbudować most, Kowary, Towarzysz, Magia w Brusie, and Inscenizacja pieśni dla dzieci were staged at various theatres in Lviv, Krakow, Łódź, and Warsaw.

    You can find out the most about Zofia Solarzowa and the Country Orkan University in Szyce from her autobiographical book Mój pamiętnik, published in 1973. Just like in Szyce once, well-known and highly regarded figures of Polish literature appear on the pages of the diary. They used to come to Szyce many times in order to deliver their papers and meet with the students of the Country Folk University. They included:
    Adam Polewka (born on the 4th of March 1903, died on the 1st of October 1956 in Krakow) – Polish columnist and writer, author of Kocham i nienawidzę – a collection of feature articles and Igrce w gród walą –  a show.
    Władysław Orkan (born on the 27th of November in Poręba Wielka, died on the 14th of May 1930 in Krakow) – writer creating in the Young Poland period. He wrote poems, dramas, novels, and novellas, as well as feature articles and works, including the reportage entitled Drogą Czwartaków, in which he included his own memories as a Legion captain.
    Wojciech Skuza (born on the 6th of April 1908 in Łubnice, died on the 27th of August 1942) – Polish poet, writer, columnist. Author of the books: Kolorowe słowa 1932, Rzecz o Wojciechu Bartosie Głowackim 1933, Fornale 1937
    Leon Kruczkowski (born on the 28th of June 1900 in Krakow, died on the 1st of August 1962 in Warsaw) – writer and columnist. He wrote novels, short stories, poetry, dramas, and essays. His most famous works include: Kordian i cham (Kordian and the Boor), Niemcy (Germans), and Pierwszy dzień wolności (The First Day of Freedom).

  • Józef Lachner

    Folklorist, musician, social activist, and teacher. Just like Oskar Kolberg, he received support for his passions from the Konopka family – namely, the owner of the Modlnica property at the time, Adam Nowina Konopka. Lachner was fascinated with folk culture, he collected a lot of information, texts, and music recordings of local folklore from the oldest inhabitants. Noting down songs, he tried to keep and preserve the folk dialects. Some of them are gems of folk poetry. The materials he collected were published in 1988 under the title of Podkrakowskie piosenki ludowe.

    Józef Lachner

    Józef Lachner

    (born on the 6th of March 1907, died in 1990)

    Folklorist, musician, social activist, and teacher. Just like Oskar Kolberg, he received support for his passions from the Konopka family – namely, the owner of the Modlnica property at the time, Adam Nowina Konopka. Lachner was fascinated with folk culture, he collected a lot of information, texts, and music recordings of local folklore from the oldest inhabitants. Noting down songs, he tried to keep and preserve the folk dialects. Some of them are gems of folk poetry. The materials he collected were published in 1988 under the title of Podkrakowskie piosenki ludowe.

    He was an animator of regional artistic activity, musical and artistic passions. He worked at the Country Folk University in Szyce, in the Folk Theatres and Choirs Association, he managed the Regional Theatre in Krakow and the Universal School in Modlnica. Decorated with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta.

  • Tadeusz Jędrzejowski

    (born on the 24th of March 1925)

    Social activist, veteran of World War II, author of the book Czajowice dawniej i dziś. Zarys monografii, published in 2007, including a lot of valuable geographical, cultural, and historical information.

     

    Tadeusz Jędrzejowski

    (born on the 24th of March 1925)

    Social activist, veteran of World War II, author of the book Czajowice dawniej i dziś. Zarys monografii, published in 2007, including a lot of valuable geographical, cultural, and historical information.

  • Brother Bogumił Marian Adamczyk

    (born on the 9th of October 1931)

    Hermit, author of multi-volume gospel epic entitled Pan Jezus, as well as Listy z pokutnej trasy and Dzieci Boże, Dwie katedry. In 1963, he moved to the area of the Ojców National Park, where in a cave of the Sukiennice rock outcropping, in Prądnik Korzkiewski, he built a hermit’s cabin on the edge of the forest, where he lives till this day. He is involved in retreat work and connected with the Polish House in Old Jerusalem. He is also active as a guide of pilgrim groups in the Holy Land.

     

    Brother Bogumił Marian Adamczyk

    (born on the 9th of October 1931)

    Hermit, author of multi-volume gospel epic entitled Pan Jezus, as well as Listy z pokutnej trasy and Dzieci Boże, Dwie katedry. In 1963, he moved to the area of the Ojców National Park, where in a cave of the Sukiennice rock outcropping, in Prądnik Korzkiewski, he built a hermit’s cabin on the edge of the forest, where he lives till this day. He is involved in retreat work and connected with the Polish House in Old Jerusalem. He is also active as a guide of pilgrim groups in the Holy Land.