The Family Violin

My object is a violin that has been passed down in my family. In 1930, this violin was handmade for my Great-Great Aunt Helen. She then passed it on to my mother in 1988. William Wilkanouski, the man who made the violin in Brooklyn, NY, was a Polish immigrant, as was my Great-Great Aunt Helen and her parents. 
Aunt Helen was a great violinist. The Polish community in Brooklyn pooled together their money to have this violin made for her. She also played on the radio. My mother also grew up playing the violin, so my Aunt Helen was very pleased to be able to give the violin to someone who could play it. To this day my mother continues to play with this violin in the chamber ensemble that I am a member of. In a way, it’s not only a talent handed down through the generations, but a legacy. This is why it is important to me and our family. One day, my mother will hand down the violin to me, and maybe to my own children.

Place(s): Poland

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more