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Polonia in the USA

Before the Mass Migration of Poles to America

The vast majority of Polish Americans are descended from the immigrants who came here during the mass migration of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries "za chlebem," for bread, or economic opportunities. But when they arrived in the United States they did not find a country devoid of Polish nationals. Decades before these poor peasants arrived, a different class of Poles had settled in America. See the article about Polish Emigration: Historical ReviewPolish Immigration to America: The Early History

These were political exiles who had taken part in patriotic actions against the foreign occupiers in partitioned Poland, mainly in 1830-31, 1846-48 and 1863-64. Their lives and liberty being in danger, they escaped abroad and many made their way to the U.S. These emigres were well educated and not of the agrarian or working class as were the later migrants.

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A Sto Lat Reality for Walter Zachariasiewicz

WASHINGTON, D.C. // It's a very old Polish tradition to sing "Sto Lat" - ‘May You Live 100 Years' to someone at birthday parties, on name days, and at other special occasions. But due to the short life spans in the old days almost no one ever achieved the unattainable century mark. Even today with all the vast modern medical and scientific improvements it's still something of a rarity for a person to achieve centenarian status by living 36,500 days. But the ever remarkable Walter Zachariasiewicz did just that recently on November 7, 2011.

 

100th Birthday Party Held at Polish Embassy. Walter Zachariasiewicz is shown above addressing his well-wishers after extinguishing the numerals 1-0-0 on his birthday cake, and being serenaded with a robust singing of Sto Lat. At center is Ambassador Robert Kupiecki, his wife Malgorzata and daughter Magdalena.

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Eugene (Gene) Krupa - the Greatest Drummer of All Time

KrupaDrummers had always been considered an integral part of a band, but merely time-keepers, hardly musicians, and certainly not featured performers. Then someone came along to change that. His name has become synonymous with the drums.

Eugene Bertram (Gene) Krupa was born in 1909 and raised in a working class Polish American community on Chicago's south side. The eleventh of twelve children, his grandparents were Polish immigrants. His father Bartley was a Chicago city alderman for a time and died when Gene was a young boy. His mother Anna and the children then had to take various jobs to support the family.

 At age 10, Gene took a job doing chores at a music store. He took an interest in the music and spent a lot of time there listening to records. He had studied saxophone from age 6, but switched to drums. His brother bought him a drum kit at age 11. Working as a soda jerk at Wisconsin Beach, he played sax in the junior band and substituted for the drummer in the house band one day when he was only 13. In high school, he sought out the company of other young musicians and was able to play with them at dances and socials.

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J. Buzek is Guest of Honor for May 3rd Constitution Day in DC

   Washington, D.C.  At the landmark 1870s Renwick Gallery - Smithsonian American Art Museum, just across from the White House, here on April 27, 2010, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland hosted its celebration of the profound and emancipating Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791.

Jerzy Buzek in Washington DC

Jerzy Buzek is Guest of Honor. The President of the European Parliament - Jerzy Buzek - is pictured above delivering pertinent remarks to the numerous guests of the Polish Embassy at the Renwick Gallery on the occasion of the 219th Anniversary of Poland's historic May 3rd Constitution

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35 Years of Polish Heritage Association of Maryland

    BALTIMORE, Md. The Polish Heritage Association of Maryland, Inc., (PHAM) was founded on September 26, 1974 and he was 64 years-old at the time. Today, founding president Stanley Ciesielski is 99 years-young and was the designated guest of honor at the anniversary event. Unfortunately, at the last moment, Stanley suffered a mishap that temporarily prevented his much anticipated attendance.

PHA MD

Gala Event Marks Anniversary. Victoria T. Leshinskie, current president of the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland, Inc., is pictured above being presented with a bouquet of roses from the appreciative membership after her keynote address at the celebratory dinner-dance.

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