October is Polish American Heritage Month
This national celebration is our chance to proudly share the good news of our Polish culture and contribution to American history with others.
Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. This year Polish Americans will mark the 28th Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event which began in Philadelphia and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride.
In 2009, Poles also will mark the 230th Anniversary of the death of General Casimir Pulaski, Father of the American
Cavalry, and the 70th Anniversary of the Invasion of Poland and the Outbreak of World War II. “There is always something happening in the Polish American community here in the Mahoning Valley,” said Aundrea Cika, director of PolishYoungstown. “However, this month we take special pride in celebrating the role Polish Americans have had in our nation’s history. We are very proud to be so well represented in the great mosaic of America.” Some famous Polonians include: actors Scarlett Johansson and John Krasinski; television producer Aaron Spelling; activist Gloria Steinem; writers Arthur Miller and J.D. Sallinger; musicians Marilyn Manson and Keith Urban; business notables Steve Wozniak and David Geffen, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek and; Home diva Martha Stewart. A more complete list is available here. Additional information about other historic figures and Polish and Polish American history can be obtained by visiting www.PolishAmericanHeritageMonth.com. PolishYoungstown already started celebrating!
Ø The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown started the celebrations early by hosting Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alex Storozynski to speak about his new book, Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution on Monday. Pictures and summary available soon.
Ø The PAC also created a display of notable Polish and Polish-American authors at Youngstown State University’s Maag Library.
Ø St. Stanislaus Church hosted a PM Pierogi cooking class on Wednesday with another to be held October 28.
Ø Polish Happy Hour Youngstown will host a 1st Anniversary Party at 5:30 PM on Oct. 8 at the Lemon Grove
downtown. Special guest will be Bison Grass Vodka’s Andrew Bak to speak on and create vodka infusions. More info available here.
Ø The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle will participate in Zatańczmy: a Celebration of Polish Folk Dance on October 18th at Magnificat High School in Rocky River, OH. Tickets for this six –group concert are on sale now. More info available here.
Ø PolishYoungstown is hosting an information session on its 2010 trip to Poland as well as a trip to see the Warsaw Village Band perform in Cleveland on Nov 1st. More info available here.
I hope you will come out at least once—and bring a friend—to help us celebrate!
Your PolishYoungstown Team