The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning at Elms College

The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning at Elms College The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning seeks to promote and celebrate the many contributions of the Polish people to our nation.

Polka music- check. Polish beer- check. Kielbasa- check. Polish Fest in Salem, MA at Notch Brewing.
06/09/2019

Polka music- check. Polish beer- check. Kielbasa- check. Polish Fest in Salem, MA at Notch Brewing.

06/08/2019
Poland.pl

Thirty years ago, Poland was the first country to remove Communist rule. Watch this film clip to see the impact of that step on all of Eastern Europe.

The elections of June 1989 led to the demise of communism not only in #Poland. The domino effect swept across Central and Eastern Europe.

The Iron Curtain, which had split #Europe for nearly half a century, was history, and all Eastern Bloc countries sensed the wind of change.

Our good friends at Polish Genealogy are hosting this today. Some of the members of the Polish Center of Discover & Lear...
06/08/2019

Our good friends at Polish Genealogy are hosting this today. Some of the members of the Polish Center of Discover & Learning will be attending as well.

Our June speaker's topic will be the Polish Partition - one of the topics new and old researchers often find both fascinating and confusing. Hope to see you at this Saturday afternoon event.

Just like we identify which US state we are from, Poles have an equivalent to states, which they call województwa (Voiv...
06/06/2019
All Over the Map: A Quick Tour of Poland’s Voivodeships

Just like we identify which US state we are from, Poles have an equivalent to states, which they call województwa (Voivodeships in English). Here's a great article for getting to know Poland on a much deeper level.

Discover the feudal origins of these idiosyncratic regions, and get cultural, historical and geographical overviews for all 16. From the seashore cliffs of West Pomerania through the mediaeval architectural monuments of the inland town of Sandomierz to the birthplace of Fryderyk Chopin, let Culture....

Little Poland in New Britain is in full swing. We are representing the Polish Center and have a booth there.
06/02/2019

Little Poland in New Britain is in full swing. We are representing the Polish Center and have a booth there.

Happy Mother’s Day in Poland!
05/26/2019

Happy Mother’s Day in Poland!

Our annual golf tournament is coming up. Delicious Polish Food, amazing assortment of raffle prizes, and of course, netw...
05/22/2019

Our annual golf tournament is coming up. Delicious Polish Food, amazing assortment of raffle prizes, and of course, networking and socializing on the links. Sign up sheet attached.

Poland is leading Europe in the accessibility design of public spaces for people with disabilities, the elderly and fami...
05/21/2019
Slew of awards across the country for architectural designs helping those with disabilities

Poland is leading Europe in the accessibility design of public spaces for people with disabilities, the elderly and families with children. While presenting the awards, President Duda said "a modern state is one that sees the needs of every human being and does everything to avoid exclusion".

Which buildings are the most welcoming to people with disabilities? That is the broad question asked by the “Lider Dostępności” (Leader in Accessibility) architecture competition in Poland, which recognises projects that have been adapted to their needs.

Last night was so much fun! So many people to thank for providing a great atmosphere, delicious food, and a wonderful ti...
05/20/2019

Last night was so much fun! So many people to thank for providing a great atmosphere, delicious food, and a wonderful time.

We are getting set up for tonight’s Polish Renaissance/ 20th anniversary event. See you this evening!
05/19/2019

We are getting set up for tonight’s Polish Renaissance/ 20th anniversary event. See you this evening!

Free admission on International Museum Day to Wadsworth in Hartford, CT. Includes a tour in Polish.
05/07/2019

Free admission on International Museum Day to Wadsworth in Hartford, CT. Includes a tour in Polish.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford invites you to take part in a series of free public tours in Polish (and other languages) on Saturday, May 18 in honor of International Museum Day!
Museum admission is free all day long, and the various tour times are listed on our flyer below.

Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts
05/07/2019

Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts

Our June speaker's topic will be the Polish Partition - one of the topics new and old researchers often find both fascinating and confusing. Hope to see you at this Saturday afternoon event.

We are set- up, and ready to have fun!
05/05/2019

We are set- up, and ready to have fun!

Happy Constitution Day Poland! (Or 3rd of May Day, like they say in Poland).
05/03/2019

Happy Constitution Day Poland! (Or 3rd of May Day, like they say in Poland).

May 3rd Constitution Day
3rd May National Holiday (also May 3rd Constitution Day; Polish: Święto Konstytucji 3 Maja) is a Polish national and public holiday that takes place on 3rd May. The holiday celebrates the declaration of the Constitution of May 3, 1791. Festivities date back to the Duchy of Warsaw early in the 19th century, but it became an official holiday only in 1919 in the Second Polish Republic. Delisted during the times of the People's Republic of Poland, it was reestablished after the fall of communism in modern Poland.
The Constitution of May 3, 1791 is considered one of the most important achievements in the history of Poland, despite being in effect for only a year, until the Russo-Polish War of 1792. Historian Norman Davies calls it "the first constitution of its type in Europe"; other scholars also refer to it as the world's second oldest constitution.
The May 3rd Constitution was designed to redress long-standing political defects of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The Constitution sought to supplant the existing anarchy fostered by some of the country's magnates with a more democratic constitutional monarchy. The adoption of the May 3rd Constitution provoked the active hostility of the Commonwealth's neighbors, leading to the Second Partition of Polandin 1792, the Kościuszko Uprising of 1794 and the final, Third Partition of Poland, in 1795. In the words of two of its co-authors, Ignacy Potocki and Hugo Kołłątaj, it was "the last will and testament of the expiring Fatherland."
The memory of the May 3 Constitution—recognized by political scientists as a very progressive document for its time—for generations helped keep alive Polish aspirations for an independent and just society, and continued to inform the efforts of its authors' descendants. In Poland it is viewed as a national symbol, and the culmination of all that was good and enlightened in Polis history and culture.
The 3rd May anniversary of its adoption has been observed as Poland's most important civil holiday since Poland regained independence in 1918. Its importance for the Polish peoplehas been compared to that of July 4 to the Americans.
Reference:
Albert P. Blaustein (1993). Constitutions of the world. Wm. S. Hein Publishing. ISBN 978-0-8377-0362-6. Retrieved 30 May 2011.

04/24/2019
Jarmark Świętojański

We won't have the horses but we will have the food, music, dancing and costumes!! Join us on May 19 for the Renaissance Dinner celebrating our 20th anniversary.

Zapraszamy w niezwykłą podróż w czasie, do Złotego Wieku i Krakowa, który był jednym z najpotężniejszych miast Europy XVI wieku. 🏰

W tym roku spotykamy się #NaJarmarku w dniach 14-16 czerwca, tradycyjnie na Bulwarze Czerwieńskim u stóp Wawelu.

🔵 Jarmark Świętojański
📅 14-16 czerwca 2019
🎯 Kraków

Do zobaczenia! 😊

#JarmarkŚwiętojański

Perfect snack for Easter!
04/18/2019

Perfect snack for Easter!

How many are you and your family still following?
04/18/2019
The Curious Transformation of Polish Easter in the US & UK

How many are you and your family still following?

Poland is well-known for its unique and elaborate traditions surrounding Holy Week and Easter. As Poles left their homeland in the 19th and 20th centuries for the promise of a new life in the West, they carried these traditions with them.

Celebrating Easter in Poland.
04/15/2019

Celebrating Easter in Poland.

24.03.2013...13.04...2014... 29.03.2015... 09.04.2017...

PBS will broadcast “Poland: The Royal Tour” on April 22 featuring Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as a ...
04/12/2019
Poland through eyes of Polish PM in American TV special

PBS will broadcast “Poland: The Royal Tour” on April 22 featuring Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki as a guide for journalist Peter Greenberg. Featured will be many of Poland’s historic landmarks and other important sites. Check your local listings.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will take viewers on a journey highlighting some of Poland’s key sites of interest in a special production by an American public TV broadcaster.

Modrzejewska was a famous actress in the mid-late 1800s not only in Poland but in the US also.  She performed in Northam...
04/10/2019
Helena Modrzejewska – Eccentric Queen of the Theatre

Modrzejewska was a famous actress in the mid-late 1800s not only in Poland but in the US also. She performed in Northampton, MA as well as in Boston. The Polish Center has an exhibit of items pertaining to her including many of the items marketed under her name. Stop by to see it.

Helena Modrzejewska was the 19th century celebrity. What she took back with her from the States was not only fame but also… crocodiles. She was a charismatic queen of Shakespearean plays. She played almost 300 roles and performed in thousands of plays.

This is going to be wonderful...For the Renaissance entertainment, the following will be performing: Dancers: Graham Chr...
04/03/2019

This is going to be wonderful...

For the Renaissance entertainment, the following will be performing:
Dancers: Graham Christian, Kai Feldstein, Camilla Finlay, Nona Monahin
Musicians: Robert Castellano (lute) Robert Eisenstein (violin, viola da gamba, recorder), Jay Elfenbein (viola da gamba), Meg Pash (lute, recorder).

Creative people in Poland are at it again!.. A company called Immersion has created virtual reality experiences for muse...
04/02/2019
Roarsome! Exciting new museum app gives full T-Rex experience

Creative people in Poland are at it again!.. A company called Immersion has created virtual reality experiences for museum goers in the US especial the Museum of Natural History in New York City and Newseum in Washington, DC. Very cool for those who are fascinated by dinosaurs!

A Warsaw company is thrilling visitors to a New York museum with its virtual reality ‘dinosaur’ app.

03/30/2019
Globtroter Krakow

Cracow's regional costumes...Stroje krakowskie. Come see them in person at the Polish Center of Discovery & Learning's regional costume exhibit. They're beautiful!

Cracow's regional costumes...Stroje krakowskie...

The Kosciuszko Foundation New England event yesterday at Mount Holyoke College was equal parts fun and inspiring. Schola...
03/25/2019

The Kosciuszko Foundation New England event yesterday at Mount Holyoke College was equal parts fun and inspiring. Scholarships were provided to young Polish students who are really up to big things. We are indebted to John Skibiski for all of his efforts to preserve Polish heritage, and he was honored yesterday at the event. Many of us from the Polish Center of Discovery & Learning were at the event, supporting the Kosciuszko Foundations efforts.

The New England Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation honored the founder and Past President of the Polish Genealogy Society of Massachusetts with their 2019 Distinguished Polish American Award at Mount Holyoke College.

03/21/2019
Poland.pl

Spring has arrived in Poland.

21st of March is the first day of the spring. Discover the beauty of Polish nature coming alive.

St. Joseph's Day in Poland (Dzien Swietego Jozefa) celebrated with - what else - pierogi!
03/19/2019
How St. Joseph's Day is Celebrated in Poland

St. Joseph's Day in Poland (Dzien Swietego Jozefa) celebrated with - what else - pierogi!

St. Joseph's Day in Poland,Dzien Swietego Jozefa, is celebrated on March 19 and Lenten feasts are held in his honor.

If you were ever curious how potatoes found their way into a filling for pierogi, here's the answer.  No matter how they...
03/18/2019
The history and background of a Polish favourite: "Pierogi Ruskie" - Infothen.com

If you were ever curious how potatoes found their way into a filling for pierogi, here's the answer. No matter how they got there, they're delicious.

Like in many other Eastern European countries, Pierogi are one of Poland’s national dishes. Loved by all, and eaten by millions, their delicious taste and virtually endless filling options have made them a very popular dish not only on Polish soil, but also wherever people of Polish descent live. ...

Historic photos of installing the Pulaski Monument at 394 Main St in Hartford, CT.
03/10/2019

Historic photos of installing the Pulaski Monument at 394 Main St in Hartford, CT.

#HartfordHistory #HartfordPNH

03/08/2019
Poland.pl

Today is International Womens Day - "Dzien Kobiet" in Poland - a day of celebration commemorating the historical, cultural, and political achievements of women. Take time to honor the important women in your life today.

Dear ladies, wondering whether your names are popular in Poland🇵🇱?🌺

You might find the answer below 👇 Discover interesting facts about feminine names in our country!

Happy Women's Day! 🌻

#InternationalWomensDay #IWD2019

Here's a good Friday morning story that includes a legend about a huge murderous spider living in a church's attic (no p...
03/08/2019
The Church of the Half-Kilogram Spider

Here's a good Friday morning story that includes a legend about a huge murderous spider living in a church's attic (no pictures of spiders are included =))

Legend says a giant, venomous spider dwelled within this Polish church.

Austin, TX's very popular music festival, SXSW, which includes arts, and many other cultural events will be represented ...
03/08/2019
Polish Showcase of Art, Music & Tech at SXSW 2019

Austin, TX's very popular music festival, SXSW, which includes arts, and many other cultural events will be represented by Poland. Top-tier Polish talents in music, gaming, art and artificial intelligence will be showcased by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

Following last year’s success at the celebrated SXSW festival, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute returns to Austin to present top-tier Polish talents in music, gaming, art and artificial intelligence.

Get your pączki while they're hot! Today (Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek) is when Poles in Poland will eat 2.5 of the...
02/28/2019
Fat Thursday: Poland’s Tastiest Tradition

Get your pączki while they're hot! Today (Fat Thursday or Tłusty Czwartek) is when Poles in Poland will eat 2.5 of these donuts on average. It's for good luck! This post describes the tradition for Poles in the US. What's your favorite filling?

Every February, Poland goes nuts for doughnuts. Fat Thursday, the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent, is one of the most important holidays, and it mainly revolves around eating as many doughnuts as possible.

02/25/2019
Poland In

Storks migrate to Poland each spring to build a nest and raise their young. For those fortunate to have visited Poland, you'll remember seeing their massive, tousled nests dotting chimneys, rooftops and specially made platforms. They are wedged into tree branches and balanced above electrical wires.

The birds are seen as bringing good fortune, and their arrival in late March heralds the onset of spring.

White storks have left their winter homes in Central and Northern Africa and are on their way to Europe, the Polish Bird Protection Association reported.
More: https://polandin.com/41462798/white-storks-begin-their-journey-to-poland

Nothing better on a cold winter day than pierogies to warm you up.  Here are 9 places to eat pierogies in Massachusetts....
02/23/2019
Where to Eat Pierogi Around Massachusetts

Nothing better on a cold winter day than pierogies to warm you up. Here are 9 places to eat pierogies in Massachusetts. Do you have a favorite place that's not included? Please share in the comments below.

Plump Polish dumplings are a solid antidote to winter’s chill

Stranger than fiction! Even if you are not a soccer fan, you probably won't stop reading this news story about a venerat...
02/17/2019
The Great(est) Escape: Wisła Kraków’s comeback from the “almost” dead

Stranger than fiction! Even if you are not a soccer fan, you probably won't stop reading this news story about a venerated Krakow soccer team who was at the brink of collapse. And the public had no idea what was going on behind closed doors.

As a story, it had it all: gangsters and heavies, missing millions, a bungling con artist and a happy ending featuring a rugged hero. But this wasn’t a plot from the latest Guy Ritchie film, rather some of the recently reported capers at Wisła Kraków.

Another effort to correct the inaccurate reporting by Andrea Mitchell of NBC/MSNBC.
02/14/2019

Another effort to correct the inaccurate reporting by Andrea Mitchell of NBC/MSNBC.

Noah Oppenheim
President, NBC News

Dear Mr. Oppenheim;

In a broadcast yesterday from Poland, Andrea Mitchell said that the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto uprising of Polish Jews was against the German Army was against “the Polish and Nazi regime.” I was flabbergasted by this untruthful statement and tweeted out the video of it to Andrea Mitchell and MSNBC. Yet here we are the next day and there is still no apology.

The German Army occupied Poland from 1939 to 1945 during which time they built concentration camps and murdered millions of Jews, as well as Polish Catholics. During this time, the Polish underground established Zegota to help rescue Jews being murdered by Nazi Germany. Irena Krzyzanowska Sendler smuggled thousands of Jewish children from that very ghetto to save their lives. Jan Karski reported to the world that Germany was murdering Jews, yet the USA and its allies did nothing to stop it.

Several years ago, The Kosciuszko Foundation posted a petition, signed by more than 300,000 people, asking the media to stop using the erroneous phrase, “Polish Concentration Camp” when describing Auschwitz and other camps built by Germans to carry out the Holocaust. As a result of this petition, The New York Times, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal and other major media outlets changed their stylebooks to ban the use of that historically inaccurate and offensive phrase.

What Andrea Mitchell said was much worse. Her untruthful comments make it seem that Poland (the first country to be invaded by Nazi Germany) was a member of the evil Axis powers that started WWII. That is not true. Poland was the only country that Germany invaded which refused to establish a Quisling government to collaborate with the Nazis. Andrea Mitchell is not a cub reporter. She is NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent. She should know this.

Hopefully this was a mistake on her part, but without a public apology, it means that NBC, MSNBC and Andrea Mitchell stand by this malicious statement, which is a slander of Poland and its people.

That is why there must be an apology and correction.

Respectfully,
Alex Storozynski
President Emeritus
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

The Kosciuszko Foundation: The American Center of Polish Culture
New York City Office: 15 East 65th Street, New York, NY 10065-6501 · Tel. (212) 734-2130
Washington, D.C. Office: 2025 O Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20036-5913 (202) 785-2320

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33 South St
Chicopee, MA
01013

PVTA Bus # P21 to Chicopee Center CIty Hall. 0.4 mi walk from here. Walk up Springfield St, and take right on South St.

General information

The Polish Center is a unique institution which seeks to safeguard historical objects representative of the material culture of the Polish people in America and abroad. It encourages individuals to learn from the experiences of one of the largest and most successful immigrant groups to come to America and share in their journey to become Americans.

Opening Hours

Monday 13:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 13:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 13:00 - 17:00
Thursday 13:00 - 17:00
Friday 13:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(413) 592-0001

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