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Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
 Skalny Welcome Center
 St. John Fisher College
 3690 East Avenue
 Rochester, NY 14618 

585-248-0152
info@polishheritagerochester.org
Founded 1918
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Karolina Kotas, Recording Secretary and Ilona Frederick, President of the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Thanks:

Ilona Frederick
JoAnn Wheeler
Krysia Lizak
David Bryniarski
Frederic Skalny
Karolina Kotas
 Alicia Costanza
Jerry Rachfal
John Refermat

Ania Ludwinek
Maria Weldy
Dariusz Terefenko
Sabina Ślepecka
Ralph Józefowicz
Bob Johnson
Gary Gocek
Gene Gołomb
Dorothy Styk
Alyssa Smith
Thomas Mscichowski
Annette Guilds
Nicole Guilds
Mike Leach

St. Stanislaus Church
St. Casimir's Church
 St. John Fisher College
Lackmann  Culinary Services
Polska Chata
Lisa's Liquor

Raffle Donations:
Casa Larga
Bob Johnson: Graj, Panu, Graj!
Bella Amore
Pierogi Guy
Krysi Lizak
Rosaria Pino's Artisan Foods
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Kathy Urbanic: Shoulder to Shoulder
Rochester Polish Credit Union

Ralph Józefowicz
Dariusz Terefenko and Sabina Ślepecka
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
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Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Wigilia 2011
Two szopki from Maria Weldy and Mike Leach, oplatek and a bag filled with chocolate for the children
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester: Wigilia 2011 Photo Album
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Polish Heritage Society of Rochester: Wigilia 2012 Photo Album
Wigilia is a wonderful family event!
Pianist extraordinaire Dariusz Terefenko
Melody Lane
Steve and Mark
Rev. Roman Caly
Ralph Józefowicz at the podium
Karolina Kotas distributing gifts to the children
Memories of
Polish Happy Hour

Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Happy Hour - August 2012
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Happy Hour - August 2012
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Happy Hour - August 2012
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Happy Hour - August 2012
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester Happy Hour - August 2012
Come as you are!
Everyone loves Melody Lane!
Pączki from Polska Chata European Deli and Restaurant

Congratulations to the 2014 Polish Heritage Society of Rochester scholarship recipients: Sydney Aversa, Canandaigua Academy; Natalia Bradley, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School (far right); Joseph Cermak, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School; Patrick Jaworski, Webster Schroeder High School (second from left; Szymon Łabecki, Webster Schroeder High School (far left); Sean Majchrzak, Churchville-Chili High School; Emilia Rzepa, Webster Schroeder High School; Alessandra Suchodolski, Webster Thomas High School; Marta Szumski, Ruben A. Cirillo High (second from right); Aaron Verosky, Greece Athena High School (center).
2014 Polish Heritage Awards
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David Bryniarski, President of PHSR at the podium
Place for an unexpected guest
Invocation
Krystyna Gutt gave a wonderful presentation on regional Polish Christmas foods. It was very informative and entertaining.
Dariusz Telefeńko (piano) and Anna Weldy (violin) provided the musical accompaniment for the kolędy sing-along. Take it from me, they can really play.
My fun table
Dave and Ann Scherff
The Psalmtones
The Psalmtones
156 in attendance
Highlights of the 16th Annual Wigilia presented by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester:
  • Krystyna Gutt gave a wonderful presentation on regional Polish Christmas foods. It was very informative and entertaining.
  • The Psalmtones sang beautifully -- very tight harmony. I loved it!
  • Dariusz Terefeńko (piano) and Anna Weldy (violin) provided the musical accompaniment for the kolędy sing-along. Take it from me, they can really play. Emcee Ralph Józefowicz was the leader. (Great voice!)
  • Ann and Dave Scherff decided to attend Wigilia to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary -- fifty years to the day! The Scerffs are not Polish, but saw our Wigilia posted in the ladies room of a German restaurant in Canandaigua and thought it would be a good way to celebrate. Everybody loved them and we sang "Sto lat" in their honor. They plan to attend next year too and we hope they do. Of course they will check www.PoloniaMusic.com in lieu of visiting area ladies room in search of the date.


Wigilia Dinner 2016
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
Blessing and sharing of opłatki
The Psalmtones
Sharing opłatek
My table
Activities for the kids
Wigilia Program
Menu
Thank You
Under the Ancient Polish Flag
An exhibit of images and artifacts celebrating Rochester Polonia's 
support for the Restoration of Poland's Independence in 1918

Under the Ancient Polish Flag,” an exhibit of images and artifacts, is celebrating the contributions that Rochester’s Polish community made to the restoration of a free, independent Poland at the close of World War I.

Sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, the exhibit features fifty images and artifacts documenting the dedication and sacrifice with which local Polish Americans supported the effort to liberate Poland from foreign rule. Vintage photographs and memorabilia from the Polish Community Archives will highlight the service of young men from Rochester in the Polish “Blue Army,” the humanitarian work of local Grey Samaritan nurses who assisted refugees in war-torn Poland, and home front fundraising that yielded impressive amounts for Polish relief.

On display in the Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery in the Skalny Welcome Center at St. John Fisher College, “Under the Ancient Polish Flag” opened on Friday, October 5, with a reception at 6 PM, followed by a presentation at 7 PM by Dr. James Pula, Professor of History at Purdue University and a leading scholar of Polish American studies. The exhibit will be on view through November 9 during the gallery’s regular hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).

When the First World War broke out in 1914, Poland did not exist as a nation. It was wiped from the map of Europe at the close of theeighteenth century, divided into partitions controlled by Prussia, Russia,and Austria-Hungary. For Poles, the war presented an opportunity to liberate their homeland from foreign domination. In that effort, Polish immigrants and their descendants in the United States – including the members of Rochester Polonia – played a pivotal role of support. The exhibit illustrates that connection as Poland commemorates the centennial of its restoration as an independent republic, which will be marked this year
on Polish Independence Day (November 11, 2018).
Dr. James Pula
Kathleen Urbanic, Rochester Polonia historian and author of "Shoulder to Shoulder: Polish Americans in Rochester, New York, 1890-2000
 The exhibit will be on view through November 9, 2018 during the gallery’s regular hours 
(Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).
Polish in Rochester?
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Polish in Rochester?
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Polish in Rochester?
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Polish in Rochester?
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December 8: Wigilia Dinner at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
December 8: Wigilia Dinner at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
December 8: Wigilia Dinner at St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY
The Psalmtones
Polska Szkoła
Select Photos of the 17th Annual Wigilia presented by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester 2018: