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Paderewski monument to grace city park 

790-pound bronze likeness of Ignacy Jan Paderewski

790-pound bronze likeness of Ignacy Jan Paderewski

The Paderewski Festival in Paso Robles will dedicate a 790-pound bronze likeness of Ignacy Jan Paderewski rendered by artist Jessie Corsaut near the entrance of the historic Carnegie Library in the Paso Robles Downtown City Park as part of festivities of the 2012 Paderewski Festival.

Paderewski monument location

This is future home of the Paderewski monument in the city park in front of the historical museum.

Polish by birth and a citizen of the world, Paderewski felt at home in America and returned to Paso Robles for long visits during the years 1914-1939. This monument celebrates the legacy of Paderewski that continues in Paso Robles thanks to the annual Paderewski Festival, youth piano competition, concerts and cultural exchanges with the province of Tarnow, Poland.

Erected with the support of city and county officials, and the government of the Republic of Poland, the monument will be unveiled on November 10, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. The general public is encouraged to join Paso Robles forefathers, civic leaders, historians and Polish dignitaries for the fanfare of its unveiling.

All funds for the statue construction and installation are being raised by the Paderewski Festival Board of Directors. Donations from generous residents and businesses, as well as the government of the Republic of Poland, have made this $42,900 monument project possible, but fundraising efforts continue to complete the installation. Donations can be made online at or sent to: Paderewski Festival, P.O. Box 272, Paso Robles, CA USA 93447.

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