Start Date: 21 October 2018
End Date: 21 October 2018
Place: 365 Burrows Ave.
Over 10 million Americans claim Polish ancestry, according the Polish American Congress. The largest waves of Polish immigration to the United States and Canada took place when Poland was divided during the middle of 19th century through World War I, as well as when it was under communist control after World War II.
October is the month when the Polish community in the United States celebrates its heritage, traditions, culture and history. Special events, such as those occurring during October, which attract a great number of citizens, are the best way to remind people, hard-pressed in everyday life, that they are Poles and should be proud of it. This creates the feeling of being part of a group, adding to the national consciousness within the Polish community.
Polish Heritage Month was first celebrated in August 1981 in Pennsylvania. The event became a great success in the city, and five years later it was made a national campaign. The date was moved into October to allow school children to take part in the celebration. This month is dedicated to those who fought for freedom. This month also recognizes notable figures like Ignacy Jan Paderewski, who helped attain Polish freedom after World War I; as well as Polish generals of the American Revolution, such as Casimir Pulaski.
We honor the memory of Bishop Franciszek Hodur who organized the Polish National Catholic Church as a spiritual haven, a place of self-determination, and a voice for the freedom and rights of Polish immigrant workers in the United States. The Church celebrates this day in honor or all its members who represent the broad cross-section of cultures and heritages that make up our country.