PAHA Buttons made by Valdosta State University students in Georgia
Dr Stephanie Kraft
Prof. Neal Pease
Prof. James S. Pula
The James S. Pula Distinguished Service Award is given to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization. The 2018 Award was presented to Prof. Dorota Praszalowicz of Jagiellonian University in Poland, who has been contributing to the success of PAHA for a long time, including her role in securing Polish grants for PAHA’s 75th Anniversary Conference. The series of conferences titled American Ethnicity that she organizes every two years offers an outstanding opportunity for PAHA members to present their work, advance their expertise and knowledge, and connect with distinguished European scholars.
President Anna Muller
The Skalny Civic Achievement Awards honor individuals or groups who advance PAHA's goals of promoting research and awareness of the Polish-American experience and/or have made significant contributions to Polish or Polish-American community and culture. The 2018 Skalny Awards recognize five outstanding individuals.
2. Joseph A. Drobot Jr.’s devotion to the cause of sustaining Polish-American communities spans over 50 years. Born in Detroit, he serves a number of esteemed economic institutions in Michigan, including the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. He also serves as the Chairman of the Executive Board of The Polish Museum of America.
Mary Lou Wyrobek
4. Mary Lou Wyrobek received the Award for her role in advancing knowledge and appreciation of Polish history and culture in the United States. There is not enough space to mention all the initiatives she has been involved in, Mary Lou Wyrobek arranged many concerts by local and internationally recognized Polish artists, coordinated movie festivals and exhibits, as well as various scholarly events. Since 2007, she has also served as the President of the Central Administration of the Polish Singers Alliance of America.
5. Anne Gurnack has undertaken a number of efforts to mobilize both the Polish American community and to engage the Polish institutions to study, protect and promote Kaszub heritage in Milwaukee. She fostered cooperation between the Milwaukee Public Library and the Emigration Museum and contributed to the international cooperation between the Universities of Gdańsk and Wisconsin - Parkside. The hours of lobbying, perseverance and commitment extended to our students made this exchange a success.
Florence Vychytil-Baudoux and Weronika Grzebalska
Books from Ohio University Press's Polish and Polish American History Series were on display
Bozena Nowicka McLees receives books from Moonrise Press's Maja Trochimczyk
for Loyola University Chicago
Anna Muller, Neal Pease, Dominic Pacyga and Bozena Nowicka McLees.
NEW BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The 76th Annual Meeting also included the presentation of the new Board of Directors of the Polish American Historical Association, to serve in 2019-2020, under the newly elected President Dr. Anna Müller of University of Michigan at Dearborn. The Officers include: Dr. Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee – First Vice President; Dr. Marta Cieslak, University of Arkansas – Little Rock, Second Vice President; Dr. James S. Pula of Purdue University – Treasurer; Dr. Maja Trochimczyk of Moonrise Press – Secretary and Communications Director; Dr. Pien Versteegh, The Netherlands – Executive Director; Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann of Eastern Connecticut State University - Editor of Polish American Studies. PAHA Council will also include Dr. John Bukowczyk, Wayne State University; Dr. Mieczysław B. B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University, Dr. Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University; Dr. Ewa Barczyk; Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College; Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk, Dr. Hubert Izieniecki, Purdue University Northwest, and Dr. Kathleen Wróblewski, University of Michigan.
Winter in Chicago, January 5, 2019. Photo by Maja Trochimczyk