The Greenpoint Monitor Museum has been a New York State Chartered Museum since it was chartered on April 24, 1996.  It is also a 501-C-3 non-for-profit education corporation.  The Museum at present operates as a traveling museum through its “Road Show” whose instructors visit local schools dressed in Civil War uniforms.  The objective of this program is not only to bring an interactive Civil War history lesson to the classroom, but also to:

-awaken an interest in art, engineering, history, music and writing;  
-awaken a spirit of patriotism and an appreciation of  the sacrifices of those who fought for this country, not only during the Civil War, but all wars, emphasizing the terrible days of war as lived by the common soldiers and their sacrifices;
-awaken an appreciation of the part immigrants played to save our Nation and end slavery;
-awaken a spirit of community service through the example of the Grand Army of the Republic who championed for the cause of the Civil War Veterans and  the Civil War’s Orphan Children.

This is accomplished through class content and assignments where children either write an essay of what they learned during the Road Show Class, write a letter to a Civil War Soldier or from a Civil War Soldier, or draw a picture of something covered during the class.  

The Award Ceremony was a happy day for students, their family members, teachers, members of the Church of the Ascension,  Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26 Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, Company I 83rd New York Volunteers Sons of Veterans Reserve  and The Greenpoint Monitor Museum as students received awards at The Greenpoint Monitor Museum’s Sixth Annual Road Show Award Ceremony for the work they submitted from their class assignments.  Ten schools participated in this year’s Award Ceremony.

The event was held at the Church of the Ascension, 127 Kent St. here in Greenpoint.  This Church was built by Thomas Fitch Rowland, builder of the USS Monitor at Continental Iron Works, through funds he received from the construction of the USS Monitor. 

After lunch and a slide show of the Museum’s work on the Bushwick Inlet and its Road Show class visits, the group moved from the Church of the Ascension Hall on Java St. to the Church of the Ascension on Kent St.  A student color guard dressed in Civil War uniforms marched proudly carrying the American Flag at the opening of the  Award Ceremony.  A concert of Civil War songs and music on piccolo recorder and organ  by Karen Olszewski, Church of the Ascension organist and Museum Treasurer, and Arthur Kirmss, patriotic instructor of Oliver Tilden Camp No. 26 SUVCW and the Museum’s Musical Director, followed. 

Everyone waited anxiously for the presentation of  awards to the following children.

PS 31   Samuel F. Dupont School
First Place  -  Magdalena Ozimek  
Second Place  -  Jacob Kobajlo
Third Place  -  Alexander Fiertek  
Honorable Mention  -  Charles Martinez

PS 84   Jose De Diego School
First Place  -  Publio Lantigo 
Second Place  -  Cassandra Estrada
Third Place  -  Kailah Torres  
Honorable Mention  -  Kiana Hernandez

PS 110   The Monitor  School
First Place  -  Magdalena Sawicka  
Second Place  -  Kasia Ryczek
Third Place  -  Konrad Navarrete  
Honorable Mention  -  Olivia Skowronski
Group Honorable Mention  -  George Pantoja, Jeffrey Holt, Jorge Hernandez

JHS 126  John Ericsson School
First Place  -  Joselyn Safadi  
Second Place  -  Luz Perez
Third Place  -  Jenifer Pienczykowski  
Honorable Mention  -  Daisy Chino

PS 161M   Pedro Albizu Campos
First Place  -  Singrid Pena 
Second Place  -  Jaytraum Kennedy
Third Place  -  Lana Marie Curtis  
Honorable Mention  -  Victoria Leon 

PS196 Ten Eyck School
First Place  -  Jailene Mangome 
Second Place Group – Karina Rivera, Ahliyah Blount, Karolina Guzman, Victoria Rodriguez

St. Cecilia School
First Place  -  Kenny Hernandez  
Second Place  -  Trevon Cuffy  
Third Place  -  Diana Cardenas  
Honorable Mention  -  William Avent 

St. Nicholas School
First Place  -  Casey DeMicco  
Second Place  -  John T. Navorrete  
Third Place  -  Katelyn Velez  
Honorable Mention  -  Yolanda Wadolowski  

Northside Catholic Academy
First Place  -  Brittany Cuevas  
Second Place  -  Rene Rodriguez  
Third Place  - Theresa Antenen  
Honorable Mention  -  Kevin Santiago 

St. Stanislaus Kostka School
First Place  -  Juliet Korzep  
Second Place  -  Patryk Jakubowski  
Third Place  -  Diana Beltran  
Honorable Mention  -  Thomas Raszkiewicz  


PS 110's Magdalena Sawicka and her Life Size Abraham Lincoln

PS 110's Abraham Lincoln by Konrad Navarrete

St. Stanislaus Kostka's OLD ABE by Juliet Korzep

St. Stanislaus Kostka's USS MONITOR by Patryk Jakubowski

Evelyn Cruz, representative of Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, also presented Congressional Certificates to Karen Olszewski, Arthur Kirmss, John Portanova, George J. Weinmann and Company I 83rd New York Volunteers Sons of Veterans Reserve for their work as Road Show instructors, musicians and  the Award Ceremony preparation.  Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez has been an active supporter of the Museum’s Road Show.  In 2004 the Congresswoman obtained a $50,000 grant for the Museum to expand the Road Show to include additional schools.   This grant supported the Road Show for the 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years.  The number of schools participating has continued to grow over the years THANKS to Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez.  Some of the schools have participated annually since 2001.  Participating schools have included:  PS16, PS19, PS31, PS34, PS84, PS110, JHS126, PS161M, PS196, St. Anthony/St. Alphonsus School, St. Cecilia School, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Northside Catholic Academy, St. Nicholas School and St. Stanislaus Kostka School.  Earlier Road Shows were supported by funds from Councilman Ken Fisher and the former Greenpoint Volunteer Ambulance Corps.  Mr. & Mrs. Robert A. Germino, who were among the founders of the Greenpoint Volunteer Ambulance Corps, were special guests of the event.  We thank them for their dedication to the community.   We also thank Museum Vice President, Irene Klementowicz, also present, for her tireless efforts on behalf of the community.  Thanks to museum member

Edmund Michaleski for taking the beautiful event photographs. 


Ann Kandratino & Christine Huylak - JHS 126 Instructors

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Germino
Antoinette Allocasio and Marilyn Culis - PS110

Karen Olszewski and Arthur Kirmss

Thank You Edmund Orlowski for Taking the Beautiful Pictures.


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