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Polish Soldier's Burial Plot *** Polski Cmentarz Wojskowy
1917 - 1919
The burial plot in the above photo commemorates the Polish soldiers who trained in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario from 1917 to 1919 at Camp Kosciuszko and subsequently made the supreme sacrifice -- they personified the Polish soldiers' motto: 
"For your freedom and ours!"

Statue Honoring 
Kazimierz Pułaski 
This statue of General Kazimierz Pulaski was presented to the city of Buffalo, NY by the people of Poland in 1976 as a gift during the bicentennial of the USA. 

Pułaski Wreath-Laying Ceremony 
Downtown Buffalo, N.Y. - March 2, 2012 - 5:00 p.m.
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This photo was taken at the Wianki celebration held at the Polish Consulate in Toronto. 
CLICK HERE to visit the Wianki page.
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Read about Dunkirk Polonia HERE.  Read about my connection to Dunkirk HERE
Polish National Catholic Church
Old Photo Album: CLICK HERE
St. Hyacinth's, Dunkirk, N.Y.
Blessed Mary Angela Church 
(formerly St. Hedwig's), Dunkirk, N.Y.

The Peasant Prince
By Alex Storozynski (2009) 
Few foreign volunteers in American fights have been as consequential as Thaddeus Kosciuszko was during the Revolutionary War. The Polish officer designed the cannon firing positions at Saratoga and the fort at West Point. (It was Kosciuszko's design for the fort that Benedict Arnold tried to sell to the British.) As Alex Storozynski notes in his excellent biography, "The Peasant Prince," Kosciuszko was an impassioned idealist who yearned to see the end of slavery in America; later, when he returned to Poland, he undertook the protection of Jews and serfs. When Kosciuszko made his second trip to America in the 1790s, George Washington welcomed him "to the land whose liberties you had been so instrumental in establishing."
Printed in The Wall Street Journal
Vintage Photo of Saint Stanislaus Church and Surrounding Neighborhood on Buffalo's Eastside
Getting ready for the Dyngus Day Parade in Buffalo, NY - View Photo Gallery
Thaddeus Kosciuszko

A novel set in Buffalo during the time when the first Polish immigrants were trying to establish themselves in their new land. 

Written by Geraldine Wierzbicki-Roach, a native Buffalonian of Polish descent
 Buffalo's Broadway Market is still where it's at!
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Kosciuszko bust located in the lobby of the Monroe County Hall of Justice in Rochester, NY
During his time, many Polish Americans considered Józef Piłsudski to be the "George Washington of Poland." This revered general did more than any other single Pole, working primarily with Poles and on Polish soil, to achieve the independence of Poland after the first World War.

While in secondary school, Piłsudski first became an avid revolutionary. Then during his first year of medical school at the University of Kharkov in the Ukraine, he was expelled for suspicious political activities and a year later, in 1887, he was arrested for alleged participation in an assassination attempt on the Russian Czar, Alexander III, Though actually innocent,  he nevertheless spent his complete five year sentence in Siberia, Through this episode, Piłsudski gained two important assets: time to plan for Poland's resistance against her oppressors, and credentials as a victim of the Czarist regime. Piłsudski attempted to mastermind Polish resistance by producing the underground newspaper, The Worker. After escaping imprisonment for this subversion, Piłsudski became legendary among his compatriots. After mobilizing his small army of riflemen against enemy forces during the first World War, he was again imprisoned, this time in Magdesburg. In Warsaw on Armistice Day, November 11, 1918, Piłsudski was acclaimed the hero and leader of independent Poland.

Józef Piłsudski 1867-1935
In March 1920, Piłsudski was made "First Marshal of Poland".
Thus Bound: The story of Tadziu and Marysza
Thus Bound: the story of Tadziu and Marysza is a novel written from two points of view: that of the male character and that of the female. In the waning years of the Great Depression, Tadziu and Marysza, the children of Polish immigrants, meet in grade school, a meeting that will direct the course of their lives. Marysza Jargosz is orphaned in infancy by her father's death and her mother's desertion. Her childhood, spent with a grandmother whose intense love influences her life, seems perfect. Tadziu Wreblewski, the eldest of five children, is beset by his father's violent temper and his mother's depression. At Marysza's grandmother's house he is included in loving relationships, escaping the harsh reality of his own home. Marysza becomes his ideal of beauty and intelligence. Tadziu's and Marysza's lives diverge. Their love endures, ending in a manner that will surprise and stun the reader.

Polish in Syracuse, New York
Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Syracuse, New York
One of several incredible wood carvings by the Very Rev. Walter Madej at the Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral in Lancaster, New York

You have to see it in person to believe it!
Celebration of the Installation of Relics of the 
Blessed Pope John Paul ll
St. Stanislaus Kostka
Rochester, New York
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CLICK HERE to view photos and videos of the Paderewski ceremony held in Cleveland.

What (or who) is under the sheet? CLICK HERE
Tribute to Sir Casimir S. Gzowski at Niagara Falls, Ontario 

Sir Casimir S. Gzowski 1813-1898
First chairman of the Niagara Parks Commission (1885-93) Gzowski was born in Russia of Polish parents. Forced to emigrate following participation in the Polish Rising of 1830, he came to Canada in 1841. An exceptionally able engineer, he first served as a government construction superintendent. He later organized a company which built the Grand Trunk Railway from Toronto to Sarnia, 1853-7, and the International Bridge across the Niagara River at Fort Erie in 1873. He was a founder of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers in 1887. A colonel in the Canadian maliitia, he was appointed Honorary Aide-de-Camp to the Queen in 1879 and knighted in 1890. Gzowski served as Administrator of Ontario 1896-97.
Archaeological and Historic Site Board of Ontario

This group took a Caribbean cruise with John Gora and Jimmy K in November, 2014.
If you would like to view our photo album and our videos, CLICK HERE.

Plaque on display at the Polish Home in Fulton, New York
Fr. Czesław Krysa 
singing kolędy at 
St. Stan's in Buffalo, N.Y.
Polonia Music recommends "A Polish Christmas Eve: Traditions and Recipes, Decorations and Song"
by Rev. Czesław Michal Krysa, S.L.D.
Best selling author, Rita Cosby, signing a copy of "Quiet Hero" for Grand Marshal Stanley Pulaski at the 2011 Pulaski Parade in Cheektowaga, N.Y.
Separate entrances to the former Holy Trinity Parish School in 
Niagara Falls, New York 
(A Closed Parish of The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y.)

Katyń Memorial Hammered Copper Bas-relief Sculpture
Location: Entrance Lobby, City Hall
Buffalo, New York

In 1980 this plaque was presented to the people of the City of Buffalo by the Polish-AmericanCitizen's Organization in memory of their fellow brothers-prisoners of war massacred by Soviet Russia at Katyń Forest in the spring of 1940. The sculpture was restored in 2016.
Artist: Józef Sawiski
This page features photos of interest to the Polonia community. Come back soon and often. Images are constantly being updated. Most are photos taken by me as I visit various events within driving distance from my home in Rochester, New York. 
To view photos of the 2011 Roncesvalles Polish Festival in Toronto
The artwork for my new Christmas CD was done by Dan Haskin of Data Design Group in Bowmansville, New York.   
 I took this photo at Polska Chata Restaurant in Rochester, NY  one evening while I was playing kolędy. Not only is the food wonderful, but there are many photos and objets d'art to look at as you enjoy your dinner.

Congratulations to the Polish American Journal for 100 years of service to Polonia.

to find out more.

Here is a nice photo of ladies checking out the Polish salt lamps on display at the Polish Heritage Festival in Hamburg, New York.

It is a pleasure attending such events.

This photo was taken at  Holy Trinity Church while attending the annual Zabawa in Erie, PA.

John Gora (and Gorale) was the featured polka band.

to find out more and see Father Tom dance the polka.

ABOVE: There was a huge turn out November 7, 2011 at Buffalo's Canisius College to view Mary Skinner’s documentary “Irena Sendler–In The Name Of Their Mothers". The director of the film, Mary Skinner, was there to answer questions following a screening of the film which was a more complete version of the PBS version. The film is both inspirational and heart-rending, and should not be missed.
The Zatańczmy Polish Folk Dance Concert is held every two years in Cleveland, Ohio, and is a celebration not to be missed! 

CLICK HERE to view photos and videos of the 2011 event.
Select photos of Polish folk dancers are now part of a permanent display in the newly renovated Applebees Restaurant on Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The photos are a tribute to local dance troupes, especially the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble  and the Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York, that work so hard to promote our Polish heritage. If you would like to read the Am-Pol Eagle article, CLICK HERE.
Thank you, dancers!
The recently remodeled Applebees Restaurant at 1785 Walden Avenue in Cheektowaga, New York now displays photographs of the Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY and Polish Harmony Folk Ensemble on some of its walls. Dancers from the Lechowia Polish Dance Ensemble from Toronto, Ontario are also featured.

Janusz Charczuk was born in Poland where he earned a Master's degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from the Technical University of Gdansk. His fascination with iconography materialized years ago, when he began to study tempera icon painting. Janusz has discovered a way of connecting his spiritual journey with an art of icon painting. Find out more about Janusz Charczuk HERE

I don't know about Lady Gaga and the other people on the above magazine cover, but I do know that Melody Lane really rocks!
Roxy's Music Store in Batavia, New York is accordion heaven.
Drop in sometime and say hi to Rose.
Polka Chata European Delicatessen in Rochester, N.Y.
Storks will give you good luck at Polka Chata European Delicatessen in Rochester, N.Y. CLICK HERE
Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz (born in 1962 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Polish-American historian specializing in East Central European history of the 19th and 20th century. His historical works include: After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Relations in the Wake of World War II, and Between Nazis and Soviets: Occupation Politics in Poland. Chodakiewicz lives in the Greater Washington, DC area.

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz earned B.A. degree from the San Francisco State University in 1988, M.Phil. from Columbia University, and Ph.D. with distinction from Columbia University in 2001. His Ph.D. thesis was entitled: Accommodation and Resistance: A Polish County Kraśnik during the Second World War and its Aftermath, 1939-1947. Between 2001 and 2003 Chodakiewicz was an assistant professor at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville as the holder of the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies of the Miller Center of Public Affairs. In 2003, Chodakiewicz was appointed Research Professor of History and in 2004 Professor of History at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, where he teaches and conducts research on East Central Europe and Russia. His expert areas include History, Democracy Building, Communism, American Foreign Policy and International Relations. Since 2008, he has also held .

Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz speaking at Canisius College
Lecture title: "Crisis Today: An International Perspective"
the Kościuszko Chair in Polish Studies at IWP. In April 2005, Chodakiewicz was appointed by President George W. Bush for a 5-year term to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council.
Chodakiewicz specializes in East Central European history of the 19th and 20th century including the history of Poland, Habsburg and Romanov Empires, Jewish-Polish relations, environmental politics, intellectual conservative tradition, and extremist movements including Communism and Fascism. His special area of interest is World War II and its aftermath. In 2003 Chodakiewicz received the Jozef Mackiewicz Literary Prize in Warsaw for his two-volume book of history entitled Ejszyszki 
- From Wiki
Saint Maximilian Kolbe 
ABOVE: Select photos of Polish folk dancers are now part of a permanent display in the newly renovated Applebees Restaurant on Walden Ave. in Cheektowaga, N.Y. The photos are a tribute to local dance troupes, especially the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble  and the Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York, that work so hard to promote our Polish heritage. If you would like to read the Am-Pol Eagle article, CLICK HERE. Thank you, dancers!
Ludowa Nuta's new CD features Kaszuby folk music.
Organ Keyboard - St. Stanislaus Church, Buffalo, N.Y.
Fritz from
Buffalo Police at Broadway Market
Buffalo Dyngus Day

Polish Soldiers visiting Katyń Monument in Toronto

View of St. Stanislaus Church and Buffalo Skyline from Central Terminal
Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble
Performing at the Rediscover Amherst Street Festival
June 19, 2011

Buffalo's North District Common Council Member, Joseph Golombek, Jr., joining in on the fun.

Stanley Pulaski, Sr. and Brian Rusk, president of the General Pulaski Association, posing for Jaroslaw Radomski of the Am-Pol Eagle Newspaper at Pulaski wreath-laying ceremony March 2, 2012
"Push Not The River" was recommended to me by a high school and FB buddy, Mike Ponichtera. I read it, liked it, and now I recommend it to you. "Against a Crimson Sky" is the sequel and it is on my list to read soon. BTW, If you are interested in reading it, be sure to check with your public library before buying. It's fairly popular so they may have it on their shelves; if they do not, they can probably get it for you through interlibrary loan.
BELOW: Kathleen Pawlak was spotted having lunch at the Betty Crockski food truck in Buffalo, New York. You can find their weekly schedule by clicking HERE.
A relic of Blessed Pope John Paul ll was installed at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rochester, New York

If you like Polish folk dancing, you will enjoy the photos of the Lechowia Polish Candian Folk Dance Ensemble posted HERE.
Broadway Market Photo Gallery, Buffalo, New York
Joanna Leszczyńska
Joanna Leszczyńska
Radość Joy
Radość Joy
Radość Joy

CLICK HERE to visit the Wianki page.

Adrianne Palicki (born May 6, 1983) is an American actress best known for her roles in Legion (2010), Red Dawn (2012) and in the TV series Friday Night Lights (2006–2011). In 2013, she played Lady Jaye in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Adrianne Palicki
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Kellie Pickler dancing the polka?
Who do you think looks more like 
Jósef Piłsudski?
Three Crosses/Trzy Krzyże
in Kaszuby, Ontario.
Old soldier at Pulaski Parade in Cheektowaga, New York
Judge Ann Mikoll celebratin dingus day
Brittany Mruczek with Steven Kroczynski at the Church of the Assumption in Buffalo, New York
Old photo of the St. Stanislaus Boys Choir (Buffalo, New York)
Bob Johnson of PoloniaMusic.com with Lechowia Dancers at the Syracuse Polish Fest
Tym razem w locie z Ania Mucha na Baraniej Górze!
Mickey & Mark Gierczak at 
St. Stanislaus Koska Church (Rochester, NY) fundraiser in November, 2016
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