Written by Richard R. Poremski Saturday, 30 January 2010 14:37
WASHINGTON, D.C. // It seemed like a good idea at the time, and turned out to be an excellent one when it was finally brought to fruition. Counselor Mariusz Brymora - Chief of the Culture, Press and Public Relations Office here at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland - wanted to undertake a commemorative project to celebrate Polish immigration to America that began with the first Poles who arrived in the new English settlement of Jamestown, Virginia in 1608.
Encouraged by Ambassador Robert Kupiecki, Brymora teamed up with Professor James S. Pula, of Purdue University, to write their book "400 Years Of Polish Immigrants In America, 1608-2008." The resulting large format album was published in 2008 to coincide with the 400th Anniversary of Jamestown, whose Polish contingent of the settlers represented the vanguard of all the Polonia in America today.