IWalked Boston’s Public Garden – Tadeusz Kosciuszko Statue

This statue’s subject admittingly baffled me prior to my research, because going into this I could not have told you who Tadeusz Kosciuszko was. Ironically I must be in the minority as he is honored in numerous other American cities including Detroit, Milwaukee, Chicago, Washington DC, St. Petersburg and many others. After doing some due diligence I can now proudly share with you the fact that Tadeusz was actually a Colonel in the American Revolution. He was highly commended by both Thomas Jefferson and George Washington and was probably best known for engineering the strategic positioning around key areas such as West Point, the Delaware River and Philadelphia during the war. He was of Polish descent, hence, the explanation for the commissioning of his statue by a local Polish organization.

Local artist Theo Alice Ruggles Kitson was selected as the sculptor to unveil a statue on the 150th anniversary of Kosciuzko’s enlistment to the Continental Army. The final figure shows Mr. Kosciuszko in full military garb with his sword dangling from his left side while he holds his hat behind his back. In his right hand is what one can only assume are papers of some military significance.

 

Website: http://www.publicartboston.com/content/tadeusz-kasociuszko

Address: Boston Public Gardens, Boston, MA. Along the boulevard within the park that is parallel to Boylston Street.

Cost: Free.

IWalked Audio Tours To See This Site: Boston’s Common and Public Gardens. (Purchase the MP3 tour here. iPhone application tour is available here. Please note, all Boston tours are now available as in-app purchases upon download of our FREE Boston Lite application, which includes a free 1 hour tour of a portion of Downtown.)

 

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OwenPosted: May 21, 2011 at 9:09 am

Where is the facebook like link ?

Marianne DrostePosted: May 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

You are not alone – never heard of Tadeusz Kasociuszko. I will be in Boston next month and will look forward to finding him as I walk through the Boston Public Garden….Not to mention the research I will have to do – being from Detroit, I am going to have to find where his statue is? At least I will know who he is when I find him! Enjoyed the history lesson!

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