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Polonia Heritage Trail WNY - Buffalo, New York
Polonia Trail is dedicated to showcasing significant historic sites throughout WNY that have importance to the Polish American Community.

The official debut and launch of the Polonia Heritage Trail website hosted by the Polish American Congress WNY & Polish Legacy Project Buffalo was held Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at Canalside Buffalo.




The Polonia Heitage Trail is supported by cultural grant funding from Erie County and the Canisius Permament Chair of Polish Culture.

Photos of the event will be posted on this page.

POLONIA TRAIL FACT #1:
The Polonia Trail was inspired by Boston's Freedom Trail which features sites associated with the American Revolution.

PACWNY President, Jim Lawicki, while visiting Boston and exploring the Freedom Trail got inspired. The inspiration was to create a Polish American version of the Freedom Trail.
Together with his friend, Andy Golebiowski, MORE




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​(Continued from above) the two brainstormed ideas for a concept and ways to get funding. A plan was formulated and the two friends brought their vision to reality.

With funding from Erie County and the Canisius College Permanent Chair of Polish Culture, the Polonia Trail will become a reality for Western New York Polonia and the Nation.

This is a project that has impetus to renew interest in Polonia and make its cultural assets a tourist attraction.
Coming June 29th - Polonia Trail! Get ready Western New York!

POLONIA TRAIL FACT #2:
The First Phase of the Polonia Trail is comprised of 50 sites of historic significance. Additional sites will be added in future phases. In fact, the Polonia Trail recently received a $3,000 grant from the Canisius College Permanent Chair of Polish Culture to add additional sites outside of Erie County.

The Polonia Trail is made possible through grants and donor contributions. Financial donations are essential to its ongoing operation.

 Contributions may be made to:
Polonia Trail
c/o PACWNY, Inc.
PO Box 1242
Buffalo, NY 14240

* Note: The Polish American Congress, Western New York Division is a recognized 501c3 charitable organization.
With funding from Erie County and the Canisius College Permanent Chair of Polish Culture, the Polonia Trail will become a reality for Western New York Polonia and the Nation.

This is a project that has impetus to renew interest in Polonia and make its cultural assets a tourist attraction.
Coming June 29th - Polonia Trail! Get ready Western New York!

POLONIA TRAIL FACT #3:
Research for sites included in the Polonia Trail was performed by local Polish American historian, Gregory Witul, of the Ampol Eagle Newspaper. The research was exhaustive and took several months to complete.

POLONIA TRAIL FACT #4:
The Polonia Trail was supported with grants from Erie County, the City of Buffalo (Councilman David Franczyk), and the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College.
PHASE I sites include:
  • Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle
  • Aleksander Fredro Library and Singing Circle
  • Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church Complex
  • Broadway Market
  • Buffalo Bathhouse No. 2
  • Buffalo Memorial Auditorium
  • Chopin Singing Society
  • Church of Our Savior Polish Baptist Church
  • Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church Complex
  • Dom Polski/Matt Urban Center
  • Duffy Silk Mill
  • Fillmore Savings and Loan/Polish Army Veterans Association Post No. 1
  • Holy Mother of the  Rosary Polish National Catholic Catholic Church
  • Holy Mother of the Rosary Polish National Catholic Cemetery
  • Home of Francis Eustace Fronczak
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary Orphan's Home Complex
  • International Railway Bridge
  • Matt Urban Home
  • Polanie Club
  • Polish Cadets Hall
  • Polish Falcons of America Nest 6
  • Polish Singing Circle Building
  • Polish Union of America Building
  • Polish Village Restaurant
  • Ruda's Polkas & Polish Gifts
  • Schreiber Brewery
  • Spolka Clothing Store
  • St. Adalbert Cemeteries
  • St. Adalbert's Basilica Complex
  • St. Casimir's Church Complex
  • St. Florian Church Complex
  • St. Francis High School Complex
  • St. John Gualber Complex
  • St. Joseph Intercommunity Hospital
  • St. Luke Parish  Complex
  • St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church
  • St. Stanislaus Cemetery
  • St. Stanislaus Church
  • Transfiguration Church Complex
  • Villa Maria College
  • Helen Modjeska in Buffalo
  • Joseph Mruk's 1949 Mayoral Election
  • Marie Curie visits Western New York
  • Paderewski in Buffalo
  • Polish American Radio
  • Polish Meat and Sausage Producers
  • Polonia Press
POLONIA TRAIL TO EXPAND NUMBER OF SITES

The Polonia Trail is expanding and will add thirty (30) additional sites to the novel website highlighting Western New York Polonia's historic places of interest.

Polonia Trail creators, James L. Ławicki II and Andrzej D. Gołębiowski spent the past year obtaining funding from the Canisius College Permanent Chair of Polish Culture for the project; working with local historians, Carl Bucki and Gregory Witul, to identify additional sites and obtain historically accurate narratives; and coordinating with website developer, Tommy Creenan, of Airship Design to prepare the necessary technical changes to the Polonia Trail website. The additions are expected to go live Friday, June 30, 2017.

Phase ll sites: The 30 additional sites to be added to the Polonia Trail website include:

*Transfiguration Church, Olean
*Pulaski Club, Olean
*Copernicus Monument, N.Tonawanda
*St. Mary's Assumption Church, Albion
*Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Medina
*St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Niagara Falls
*Echo Club, Niagara Falls
*Brinski Grave, Bath
*Holy Trinity Church, Niagara Falls
*Holy Cross Church, Salamanca
*St. Hedwig Church, Dunkirk
*St. Hyacinth Church, Dunkirk
*Kosciuszko Club, Dunkirk
*Moniuszko Social Club, Dunkirk
*Dom Polski, Perry
*Camp Kosciuszko, Allegheny
*Poles in Batavia, Batavia
*Dom Polski, N.Tonawanda
*Falls National Bank, Niagara Falls
*Litwin's Grill, N.Tonawanda
*Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown
*Our Lady of Czestochowa, N.Tonawanda
*Podhale, Franklinville, NY
*Polonia Park, N.Tonawanda NY
*Joseph Slawinski Home, Niagara Falls
*St.Michael the Archangel Polish National Church, Niagara Falls
*St.Stanislaus Kostka Church, Perry
*Jacob Johnson Home, Fredonia
*Basilica of the National Shrine of Our *Lady of Fatima, Lewiston
*Poles of Oakfield, Oakfield

Polonia Trail developer, James L. Ławicki II commented, "Since its inauguration nearly a year ago, the Polonia Trail website has generated alot of attention and interest from all types of individuals and organizations locally, nationally, and internationally.

My co-developer, Andy Gołębiowski and I are very excited to see our efforts being appreciated by so many people. It is a real privilege to be able provide the important histories behind the great places that contributed to the fabric of Western New York Polonia.

With these thirty(30) additional sites, we feel that we have captured one of the most robust and comprehensive collections of Polish American historic sites available anywhere.

In the months ahead we will be exploring further improvements, including audio narratives and 360 degree viewing features. In the future we will also be looking to place markers at the historic sites featured on the Polonia Trail."

The Polonia Trail is dedicated to showcasing important historic sites throughout Western New York that have significance to the Polish American Community.

Polonia Trail enables individuals to physically or virtually explore architecture, clubs, meetinghouses. churches, cemeteries, and other places that figured prominently within Western New York’s Polish American Community and learn about the people who shaped it. Further, it allows individuals to discover the rich history of Polonia as it began in Buffalo, New York, where every step tells a unique story.