Thursday, August 16, 2018

Music and Film Events at the 75th Anniversary Conference in Chicago, September 8, 2018

On Saturday, September 8, at 8 pm. the Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago will present the Lyra Ensemble and Haysung Kang, pianist, in A Concert for the Centennial of Poland's Independence. The program will include Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat Major, Op.22 performed by Haysun Kang, as well as various Polish songs performed by The Lira Singers Quartet with Anthony Molnaro, piano.

This concert is one of the events of the 75th Anniversary Conference of PAHA, held on September 7 to 9 at Loyola University Chicago. Here's a link to the previous blog with the conference program, and a link to PDF version of the program. All conference events are held at the Polish Studies location, at 1032 W. Sheridan St., as found on the campus map.

The Lira Ensemble  is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. Its mission is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life. Founded as the Lira Singers in 1965, the ensemble now makes about 50 appearances a year in the Chicago area, across the Midwest, occasionally around the nation, and has made six concert tours of Poland. Lira has produced nine major recordings that are sold nationwide. Lira presents the full spectrum of Polish music and dance, both classical and folk, with informative and witty English language narrations that explain the traditions and history behind the works performed. Lira is based in Chicago as artist-in-resident at Loyola University Chicago, which makes a significant, on-going contribution to the promotion of Polish culture in the United States by donating free office, rehearsal and storage space to the Lira company.

Dr. HAYSUN KANG, pianist

A native of Korea, Haysun Kang won the Asian Young Artist Piano Competition when she was twelve. She obtained her bachelors degree in piano performance from Seoul National University, Korea and her Master of Music degree from DePaul University where she studied with a Chopin International Competition laureate, Dmitry Paperno. She earned her Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University under the guidance of the renowned pianist and teacher Dr. David Kaiserman. She also received her musical training from Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Alexis Golovin at the Academy of Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Haysun Kang was a winner of numerous competitions including the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the Young Keyboard Artist Association International Piano Competition, the Verna Ross Orndorff Austrian-American Music Award, the Society of American Musicians Competition, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Award, and the Hoverson Piano Award. She is currently a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago, where she serves as the director of applied music. 


Adrian Prawica receives 2014 Creative Arts Prize from PAHA's President Thomas Napierkowski

The Film Screening on  Saturday, September 8, at 11 AM at Loyola University Chicago will present "The Fourth Partition: Chicago" - a  documentary film directed by Adrian Prawica who received PAHA's Creative Arts Prize in 2014 for this film.

Mr. Prawica is the director and executive producer of the film The Fourth Partition: Chicago (2013) that tells a unique and rarely talked about history of Chicago's Polish Community at the dawn of the 20th century. Chicago was the second largest city in the United States with over 2,000,000 residents. It was also the center of Polish culture and political activism in America. With Poland partitioned between Russia, Austria and Germany, over 4,000,000 Poles immigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. In Chicago, they worked in some of the most dangerous factories and mills in the United States. In their neighborhoods, they built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their beloved Poland in her fight for independence. The film  examines economic and political reasons for the migration of over 4,000,000 Poles to the United States. Starting with the first Polish settlers in the Jamestown colony in 1608, this documentary focuses on Polish immigrant workers in heavily industrialized Chicago neighborhoods, their community, as well as their political activism, which aided Poland in her fight for independence during WWI.

The Fourth Partition: Chicago features interviews with some of the most known Polish-American historians in the United States [including PAHA's James Pula, Don Pienkos and Dominic Pacyga]. The film shows rare images of Poles in the Unites States and their communities, which they built while working in some of the heaviest industries such as steel and meatpacking. Most of all, it tells a history of one of the largest ethnic communities in Chicago, that is still ever present today. Trailer of the documentary may be seen at:

Mr. Prawica explained: "We'd like the audience to be informed that "The Fourth Partition" to date is the only and most broadcasted film dealing with Polish history on the American market.  It has received 5 awards, and it's presentation is possible through the courtesy of the filmmakers who reside in Chicago. I would like the attendees to know that it's important to support independent films such as this, as they are truly a new way to discuss, promote, and preserve the history of Poles in Chicago and America as technology moves forward and mediums for information change.  We encourage them to visit our website at, and see other potential films that they may want to purchase, or contact us for more information on involvement and helping create more unique stories of Polish Americans."

Friday, August 3, 2018

PAHA's 75th Anniversary Conference at Loyola University Chicago, September 7-9, 2018

On September 7-9, 2018, PAHA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Association is planning a three-day event to take place at Loyola University in Chicago.  The director of the Polish Studies Program at Loyola, Bozena Nowicki McLees, will serve as host to PAHA and its guests at the conference venue located right on the waterfront of Lake Michigan. In addition to Loyola University Chicago, the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Kraków, Poland) is a proud partner to this event - which is partially funded by the Senate of the Republic of Poland.  

The three-day conference will begin with the keynote address by Prof. John Bukowczyk of Wayne State University, “PAHA within the field of United States’ ethnic history - past, present and future.”  The Friday program will include academic sessions related to PAHA’s contribution to the fields of migration and ethnic studies (including the association’s journal, Polish American Studies), the association’s current research as well as community outreach projects. You will hear from some of the most prominent PAHA's scholars - of all generations. 

The Saturday sessions will be dedicated to Polish American issues and will include a local Polonia roundtable.  Prof. Dominic Pacyga, the key PAHA expert on the history of Chicago, will chair a session on Polish American history in Museums - both in the USA and in Poland. There will be plenty of opportunities for PAHA scholars to meet, interact and plan future programs with members of American Polonia. The conference will be rounded up with a Chicago Tour, Loyola University special collection tour, and a Saturday night concert at Mundelein Center, Loyola University  Chicago. 

ORGANIZERS: The 75th Anniversary Conference at Loyola University Chicago is partially funded by the Senate of the Republic of Poland. The organizers include: Polish American Historical Association; Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago; Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU); Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Faculty of International and Political Studies at the Jagiellonian University; Committee for Migration Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN).

All conference events will take on the campus of Loyola University of Chicago. Here's the campus map.

REGISTRATION is free, but you need to register for the whole conference or specific sessions:

PROGRAM: The PDF version of our program brochure is available on the PAHA website:


McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago

9:00–9:35    WELCOME

John Bukowczyk, PAHA within the field of United States’ ethnic history - past, present and future

McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago

Chair: Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann
- A Brief History of PAS – James S. Pula
- Labor and Working Class – Dominic A. Pacyga
- Polonia’s Organizations – Donald Pienkos
- Gender and Family – Mary P. Erdmans
- Literature – Grażyna Kozaczka
- Study of American Polonia and Scholars in Poland – Adam Walaszek

12:30–13:50 LUNCH BREAK

McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair: Dorota Praszałowicz

McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair:  Neal Pease

- PAHA’s communication media, challenges and opportunities of
the digital age – Maja Trochimczyk & Stephen Leahy
- Adjusting to the New Reality: Good Management Practices in Academia – Pien Versteegh
- PAHA and Polish American Community – Joint Projects: Polish American Travel Guide; Memoirs Project; Objects that Speak; Teaching Resources – panel discussion (Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Ewa Barczyk, Anna Muller, Anna Mazurkiewicz)

(Prior registration required. Polish Consulate 1530 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.


McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair: Dominic A. Pacyga; Discussant: Anna Muller

- The Polish Museum of America, Chicago –Małgorzata Kot
- Polish History Museum, Warsaw – Anna Piekarska
- Chicago History Museum, Chicago – John Russick
- Emigration Museum, Gdynia – Sebastian Tyrakowski
- Józef Piłsudski Institute of America, New York – Iwona Korga


a) LOYOLA ARCHIVE TOUR with Nancy Freeman
Loyola Archives Tour starts at 11:15 at McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road

b) FILM SCREENING  of The Fourth Partition: Chicago by Adrian Prawica
Damen Student Center Cinema on ground floor, Loyola University Chicago

13:00–14:00  LUNCH BREAK

14:00–15:00  PAHA 2018 HALECKI BOOK PRIZE 
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Joanna Wojdon, White and Red Umbrella – presentation of the Haiman Medal and discussion of the prize-winning book 

McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair: Bożena Nowicka McLees. Discussants:  Members of Chicago & Great Lakes Polish-American social and cultural organizations. 

Crown Center Lobby, Loyola University Chicago

20:00–21:30  CONCERT of LOYOLA CHAMBER SINGERS AND  HANSUNG KANG at Mundelein Center, Skowronski Hall, 2nd floor, Loyola University Chicago. 


Tour of North Side of Chicago with Victoria Granacki 
Bus tours pick-up and drop off at the Hampton Inn.

8:30–12:30 PAHA BOARD MEETING–PAHA Council and Officers only,  Crown Center 200 East
12:30–13:30 Working Lunch for PAHA Council and Officers only,  Crown Center 200 East
13:30–16:30 Bus Tour of South Side of Chicago for PAHA Board members with Dominic A. Pacyga

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Anna Mazurkiewicz, PAHA President, University of Gdańsk; Zygmunt Kolenda, President on behalf of PAU; Bożena Nowicka McLees, Chair of the Polish Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago. Members: Mary P. Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University; Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Dominic Pacyga, Columbia College Chicago; Dorota Praszałowicz, PAN Committee for Migration Studies; James Pula, Purdue University Northwestern, Adam Walaszek, Jagiellonian University.
To find out more about PAHA's history and achievements, please have a look at our Anniverary Book, edited by James S. Pula and available here [click]. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Piast Institute Founder and PAHA Member Thaddeus Radzilowski Died on July 20, 2018

Thaddeus Radzilowski, photo from Wikipedia

We are sad to report that the founder of the Piast Institute and noted scholar, Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, died on July 20, 2018.  It is a great loss to the entire Polish American community.

In the words of Prof. Dominic Pacyga, PAHA Board member, "Ted was a fine historian who documented what he called the Detroit School of Polonia Studies which focused on the Polish American working class. He was a friend and colleague who will be greatly missed. A true leader both in the academic and fraternal worlds, Ted encapsulated everything good in Polonia. Będę za tobą tęsknić, mój bracie."

Prof. Mieczyslaw B.B. Biskupski, President of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, past President of the Polish American Historical Association, and PAHA Board member, stated: "Ted was a good friend for many years who combined insight and imagination with delightful cleverness. I had dinner with him just a few weeks ago in Miami, and, on the basis of one of his remarks, I re-wrote the last chapter of a book I have just finished. It is a grace that I mentioned him in the text. During the many dear, fun meetings we had after business was done, it was Ted who provided the laughter and the energy. I miss him so much that this is hard to write. Seeing him so recently was a gift from God to me. I ask all of you to believe that Heaven is now a better place because our beloved Ted awaits us."

The Piast Institute posted the following information about Dr. Radzilowski's passing:


Today, Piast Institute, our Polish-American family, and our Hamtramck community lost a great leader in the passing of Dr. Thaddeus C. Radzilowski. Earlier today he passed away surrounded by loved ones.

Dr. Radzilowski was a highly accomplished historian and academic studying Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, producing countless manuscripts on these important topics. Over the course of his rich academic career he has taught at University of Michigan, Madonna University, Heidelberg College, and Southwest Minnesota State University. He also served as the President of St. Mary College. Over the years, he not only educated thousands of American students about Polish and Central European history, he also mentored many of them and fostered countless community leaders.

In 2003, Dr. Radzilowski co-founded the Piast Institute with Virginia Skrzyniarz. It quickly became the largest Polish-American think tank in the United States. As President of Piast, Dr. Radzilowski has focused the organization as a major research center, one of U.S. Census Information Centers, and as a representative of Poland and Polish-Americans in the United States, with worldwide network of accomplished fellows. Under his leadership, the Institute produced position papers, school curricula, research reports, conducted surveys, organized conferences and exhibits, and was very involved in the life of American Polonia. He also cultivated many relationships with Polish universities and institutions.

Over the years, Dr. Radzilowski received many awards for his academic work, community involvement, and leadership. He was a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). He served as an advisor and consultant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. Bureau of the Census and was a member of the Ford Foundation Commission on Ethnicity in American Life. In 1999, the President of Poland presented Dr. Radzilowski with the Cavaliers Cross of the Polish Order of Merit for distinguished contributions to the dissemination of Polish culture in the world.

In addition to his contributions to preserving Polish heritage in the U.S., Dr. Radzilowski was an American patriot, a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who served his country in Vietnam. Those who knew Dr. Radzilowski well will miss him for his charm, his sense of humor, his countless stories, his sharp mind, and his infectious cheerfulness.

Dr. Radzilowski is survived by his wife, Kathleen, three sons, John, Paul and Stefan, grandchildren Radek and Diana, sisters Fran and Cynthia, and brothers, Norbert and Fred.

Details on a celebration of Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski’s life will be announced shortly. Please direct any questions to the Executive Vice President of the Piast Institute Virginia Skrzyniarz, or (313) 733-4535.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Call for Nominations for PAHA Awards and Prizes for 2018

Nominations are sought for the following awards that will be presented by PAHA at its 2019 Annual Meeting, in January 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kindly send all nominations to the chair of the awards committee, Dr.Iwona Drag-Korga (Pilsudski Institute) at

The following award nominations must be received by July 30, 2018.

Mieczyslaw Haiman Award is offered annually to an American scholar for sustained contribution to the study of Polish Americans.

Oskar Halecki Prize recognizes an important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United States. Eligibility is limited to works of historical and/or cultural interest, including those in the social sciences or humanities, published in the two years prior to the year of the award.

Skalny Civic Achievement Award honors 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.

Amicus Poloniae Award recognizes significant contributions enhancing knowledge of Polish and Polish-American heritage by individuals not belonging to the Polish-American community.

James Pula Distinguished Service Award is given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization. Since 2017, this award honors Prof. James Pula, PAHA's past president, current treasurer, and a long-time editor of the Polish American Studies.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Anna Muller on Teaching Polish and Polish American History in the US

 A moja babcia mówiła….  Teaching Polish and Polish-American history at an American University 

Anna Jaroszynska Kirchmann and Anna Muller, Washington, D.C.

On January 4th 2018, we gathered in an elegant room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, to listen to four Polish historians share with us their thoughts on what it means to teach Polish and Polish American history. This was the first day of the annual Polish American Historical Association convention that meet during the American Historical Association convention.

The group of historians gathered around the table included a range of specialists.  Patrice M. Dabrowski is the author of a book on the history of Poland entitled Poland: The First Thousand Years, which was referred to often by the other panelists.  Elizabeth Morrow Clark is a specialist on Polish-German relations and author of a monograph soon to be published on the free city of Danzig. Nathaniel D. Wood is a cultural historian and author of a monograph on Kraków entitled  Becoming Metropolitan; his recent research investigates the attitudes toward bicycles, automobiles, and airplanes from their introduction until WWII. The final speaker was Michał Wilczewski, a recently anointed doctor of history who examines the daily life of farmers during the interwar period, focusing on local rural activism, transformations in traditional gender roles, generational tensions and family life, and rural-state relations.

Main gate of the University of Warsaw, Poland.

Why Poland?

The panelists talked about the profile of their students, shared anecdotes from their classes, and reflected on the value of teaching Polish history in 21st century American academia.
In general, their experiences come either from teaching specifically Polish history courses or from integrating elements of Polish history into their European or world history courses. As it became very clear during the presentations and ensuing conversations, Polish history can serve to illuminate many different issues from the past and present.

Polish history certainly serves as a case study for various “-isms” in history courses (Romanticism, communism, et al). It provides a good framework for teaching about the “transition of identity and belonging from an Enlightenment understanding to the Romantic, ethnic ideal” (Clark).  It also can be used to emphasize that “nation” and “state” are not always synonymous. As Dabrowski stressed: “This [last point] is more evident than most in a Polish history course, given the long stretch of multiethnic coexistence within the various permutations that we label Polish (although we should be careful about appropriating that which was the history of more than just Poles).”

Decorative Easter Eggs from Poland.

Clark singled out specific aspects of Polish history that can be integrated into courses dealing only tangentially with the Polish past:

The very characteristics of Polish history and culture which have made it easy to mythologize and to justify particularism  -- elected kings, liberum veto, the Commonwealth, the Constitution of May 3, ethnic diversity, being the object of imperialism, a perpetual “underdog” status in the modern era, and a kind of scrappy patriotism that occasionally blossoms into resistance, revolution or rampant Messianic and virulent nationalism – those same characteristics make Poland an easy go-to in a world history classroom.

Is Poland a good case study for teaching globalization and trans-border studies? As some of the panelists emphasized, Brian Porter-Szücs (the author of Beyond Martyrdom) has definitely influenced their willingness to break out of nation-driven models in studying Poland. The history of Poland can help engage in conversations about postcolonialism or about European modernization. Our panelists also teach courses on regions and cities, borderlands and peripheries, as well as historical memory that have a Polish component.

Finally, by studying Polish history, students can learn a lot about a sense of obligation toward the state and, perhaps more than anything else, towards fellow citizens. The example of World War II serves well in this regard.  Some of the participants of the panel emphasized that, while they do talk about the unique creation of the Polish underground state during the Second World War, they do not refrain from assigning controversial readings and discussing the sense of responsibility of Poles for crimes committed during the war. Discussions of  Jan Błoński's essay on Poles as bystanders and Jan Gross’ book Neighbors have proven fruitful.

.Wooden plate with Poland's emblem and a prayer for daily bread 
brought from Poland to the US in the 1920s. Private Collection.

Polish-American history did not come up often in the discussions, although references to classes being taught on the Polish diaspora appeared frequently. At times, academics engage with issues of Polish migration that is part of a larger conversation about nationalism.

As the speakers emphasized, each group of students presents its own challenges. Wilczewski, who has taught courses in Chicago, stated: “In my thousand-year survey of Polish history which is typically capped at 60 students, I almost always have 50/60 students who are of Polish heritage and 10 others who do not identify with Poland in any way. My students are similar to me in that we are Polish-Americans, heritage speakers of Polish, some of whom attended Polish School on Saturdays and grew up going to Poland to visit family members.” He stressed that his students always think: “Hey, I know Polish history,” and that kind of approach to learning comes with its own challenges. He continued: “I once even had a student's mother read all of the readings along with us. I also once had a friend's mother remind me that I ‘need to teach good Polish history.’. My response to her was, ‘Is there bad Polish history?’”

One of the obstacle to make Polish history available is the access to various primary sources. 

Not every topic from the vast Polish history is available to students who do not read Polish language. The base of translated primary resources is narrow and/or not readily available. Hopefully the knowledge that the PAHA members gathered during the panel will motivate some of us as an organization to look for ways to make that history more available.     

                                                             ~ Anna Muller, University of Michigan, Dearborn

Stalin's stamp on Warsaw - Palace of Culture built in 1951-55.

              Select Resources For Teaching Polish History      

 Patrice Dabrowski, Poland: The First Thousand Years (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014).
  Brian Porter, Beyond Martyrdom: Poland in the Modern World (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Select primary sources available online:

selections from Anonymous Gaul, accessible at

 Jan Długosz, selections of his Annals, accessible at

 Marcin Kromer, Polonia, accessible at

  Mikołaj Rey, Life of an Honest Man, accessible at

  Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski, On the Reform of the Commonwealth, accessible at

  Piotr Skarga, Sermons to the Diet (Eighth Sermon), accessible at

  The Treaty of Brest, 1595, available at
  Jan Słomka, The Life of a Polish Peasant, ca. 1900, accessible at

  Woodrow Wilson, Fourteen Points speech, accessible at

  American Jewish Relief Committee, report on Postwar Poland, 1919, accessible at

Report on Young Women Workers in Poland, 1952, accessible at
  J. Musiałkowski’s article on Warsaw women masons, 1949, accessible at

                                                                                                                                                                        NOTE: Reprinted from PAHA Newsletter, Spring 2018.  All Photos by Maja Trochimczyk

Thursday, May 31, 2018

75th Anniversary Conference of PAHA at Loyola University Chicago, September 7-9, 2018

75th Anniversary Conference
of the Polish American Historical Association
7-9 September 2018, Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Il 60660 

Conference Hotel: Hampton Inn, North Loyola Station, 
1209 W. Albion Ave., Chicago, Il 60626

The conference is free but registration is required for all events.



9:00 AM GREETINGS.  Welcome by Loyola University Chicago; Consul General of the Republic of Poland; Welcome by PAHA President

9:40 – 10:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: John Bukowczyk, PAHA within the field of US Ethnic History - past, present and future

Chair: Anna Jaroszyńska- Kirchmann
- A Brief History of PAS – James S. Pula 
- Labor and Working Class – Dominic Pacyga
- Polonia’s Organizations – Donald Pienkos
- Gender and Family – Mary Patrice Erdmans
- Literature – Grażyna Kozaczka
- Study of American Polonia and Scholars in Poland – Adam Walaszek

12:30 PM –  1:50 PM   LUNCH BREAK

2:00 PM – 3:20 PM  YOUNG SCHOLARS FORUM. Dorota Praszałowicz, Chair

- PAHA’s communication media, challenges and opportunities of the digital age – Maja Trochimczyk and Stephen Leahy
- Adjusting to the New Reality: Good Management Practices in Academia – Pien Versteegh
- PAHA and Polish American Community – Joint Projects: Polish American Travel Guide; Memoirs Project; Objects that Speak; Teaching Resources – panel discussion (Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Ewa Barczyk, Anna Muller, and Anna Mazurkiewicz)



Dominic A. Pacyga, Chair; Anna Muller, Discussant

- Polish Museum in Chicago –Małgorzata Kot
- Muzeum Historii Polski w Warszawie – Anna Piekarska
- Chicago History Museum – John Russick
- Muzeum Emigracji, Gdynia – Sebastian Tyrakowski
- J. Piłsudski Institute – Iwona Korga

a) LOYOLA ARCHIVE TOUR with Nancy Freeman

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  LUNCH BREAK

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  PAHA 2018 HALECKI BOOK PRIZE 
Joanna Wojdon, White and Red Umbrella – Presentation of the Haiman Medal and Discussion of the Prize-winning Book 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  POLONIA ROUNDTABLE: Advancement and Promotion of Polish and Polish American Studies in the United States. Chair: Bożena Nowicka McLees. Discussants:  Members of Chicago/Great Lakes Polish-American social and cultural organizations. 


8:00 PM.  CONCERT 



A) PAHA BOARD MEETING: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and Working Lunch to 1:30 PM
Tour of North Side of Chicago with Victoria Granacki 

AFTERNOON BUS TOUR (for PAHA Board members only): 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Bus Tour of South Side of Chicago with Dominik Pacyga


Conference organizers include the following institutions in Poland and the U.S.: 
  • Polish American Historical Association, 
  • Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago; 
  • Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci; 
  • Wydział Studiów Międzynarodowych i Politycznych Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego: 
  • Instytut Amerykanistyki i Studiów Polonijnych, 
  • Jagiellońskie Centrum Studiów Migracyjnych; and 
  • Komitet Badań nad Migracjami Polskiej Akademii Nauk 

FUNDED IN PART by the Senate of the Republic of Poland.

  • Prof. Anna Mazurkiewicz – President on behalf of PAHA
  • Prof. Zygmunt Kolenda – President on behalf of PAU 
  • Bozena Nowicka McLees – Loyola University 
  • Prof. Dominic Pacyga – PAHA/ Columbia College Chicago 
  • Prof. Dorota Praszałowicz – PAN/PAHA 
  • Prof. James Pula – PAHA/PurdueUniversity 
  • Prof. Adam Walaszek – Jagiellonian University/PAHA 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Anna Jaroszynska Kirchmann about Polish American Studies 75/1

In the year when Polish American Historical Association celebrates 75 years of its work, it is highly satisfying to see how our journal Polish American Studies reflects the development of our scholarly field. The Spring 2018 issue of PAS (Vol. 75, no. 1) features on the cover a photograph taken during the very first meeting of what became PAHA in New York in 1943. Although to the contemporary observer it is now striking that the group does not include any women, the first issue of PAS did feature an article by Rev. Sister M. Ligouri, Ph.D., from St. Mary's High School in Worcester, Mass. If you are interested in the history of those early years of PAHA and PAS, pick up the recently published book, edited by James S. Pula, which discusses various directions and areas of development of our organization over the last 75 years.

The Spring 2018 issue of PAS brings together three articles, posing questions about Polish American experience seen in three different and little known contexts. James S. Pula examines antislavery arguments promoted by the early immigrants from the Polish lands to America. Thomas Hollowak describes various aspects of the unique experience of Polish immigrants who found employment in oyster dredging in the Chesapeake Bay. Kathleen Urbanic and Thomas Duszak present a history of Polish Baptists in the United States, as seen through the activities of the parishes in Rochester, NY, and Wilmington, DE.

The issue features also books by Anna Rudek-Smiechowska, Sylvie Aprive, Rachel Feldhay Brenner, Joshua Blank, Tara Zahra, Czeslaw Karkowski, and Marek Liszka.

Subscription to PAS comes as part of the membership in PAHA. To join, visit the website of University of Illinois Press, the publisher of our journal.

To find out more about the journal, about its editorial board, and submissions, visit PAS page on PAHA Website: The website also features tables of contents of earlier issues of PAS. These articles are available as PDF downloads from JSTOR.