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 is an ethnographic museum which promotes and celebrates the many contributions of the Polish people to our nation.

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An interesting piece of little known history - Thomas Jefferson, a close friend of Kosciuszko, admired his fur collared ...
10/15/2021

An interesting piece of little known history - Thomas Jefferson, a close friend of Kosciuszko, admired his fur collared coat. Kosciuszko gave it to him. It is the coat that Jefferson is wearing in his sculpture. Visit the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, DC and admire another piece of Polish and American history.

#OnThisDay in 1817, Tadeusz Kościuszko passed away in Switzerland. From statues and bridges to street names throughout the country, the U.S. is particularly fond of the late 🇵🇱🇺🇸 general.

Pictured below is D.C.'s very own memorial to the Revolutionary War hero, located in Lafayette Square near the White House.

Today is National Pierogi Day!  Pierogi are an important part of Polish culture and cuisine today.  Traditionally consid...
10/08/2021
Polish Food 101 ‒ Pierogi

Today is National Pierogi Day! Pierogi are an important part of Polish culture and cuisine today. Traditionally considered peasant food, pierogi eventually gained popularity and spread throughout all social classes including nobles. Take time today to enjoy this delicious food.

During decades of communist regime, Poles usually could only "enjoy" the simple rural versions but nowadays extravagant stuffing and fancy toppings often turn this simple dish into a gourmet delicacy.

Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month by visiting the Polish Center of Discovery & Learning in Chicopee, MA.  You'll ...
10/01/2021
Polish American Heritage Month - October

Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month by visiting the Polish Center of Discovery & Learning in Chicopee, MA. You'll see the stories of Polish immigrants and how they made contributions to the arts, sciences and economy of our country. The Poles first arrived in America in 1608 at Jamestown to help the Colonists survive and we've been going strong since then.

Whether you’re Polish American or not, we celebrate the culture of these people!

Come and honor Chicopee Provision/Blue Seal Kielbasa and Polish National Credit Union on each receiving the Polish Herit...
09/11/2021

Come and honor Chicopee Provision/Blue Seal Kielbasa and Polish National Credit Union on each receiving the Polish Heritage Award on their 100th anniversary. Both businesses were started by Polish immigrants and still going strong.

Come and honor Chicopee Provision/Blue Seal Kielbasa and Polish National Credit Union on each receiving the Polish Heritage Award on their 100th anniversary. Both businesses were started by Polish immigrants and still going strong.

It's International Dog Day!  This beautiful statue is known as the Happy Dog Monument and it's located in Mokotowski Par...
08/26/2021

It's International Dog Day! This beautiful statue is known as the Happy Dog Monument and it's located in Mokotowski Park in Warsaw, Poland. Enjoy your furry friend.

Dziś obchodzimy Międzynarodowy Dzień Psa!🐶
Życzymy wszystkiego najlepszego Waszym czworonożnym przyjaciołom!
Czy wiesz, gdzie znajduje się pomnik, który jest na zdjęciu?

Nalesniki - another delicious Polish food which can be served with a wide variety of fillings.  Especially this time of ...
08/19/2021
Polish Food 101 – Nalesniki

Nalesniki - another delicious Polish food which can be served with a wide variety of fillings. Especially this time of year with the abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Crêpes, blini, palacsinta or pannkaka – all of these names refer to pancakes – round flat cakes cooked on a hot surface. A vital part of European culinary culture, they are known virtually everywhere, and Poland is no exception. ‘Naleśniki’ – our name for them – appeared in our first-e...

Congratulations to Paulina Wysocka, Miss Polish Massachusetts 2022. Representing Polonia in the US, she now goes on to c...
08/18/2021

Congratulations to Paulina Wysocka, Miss Polish Massachusetts 2022. Representing Polonia in the US, she now goes on to compete in the Miss Polish American pageant. Best wishes to Paulina.

Congratulations to Paulina Wysocka, Miss Polish Massachusetts 2022. Representing Polonia in the US, she now goes on to compete in the Miss Polish American pageant. Best wishes to Paulina.

Every year on August 1 at exactly 5:00 pm, the city of Warsaw stops and stands still for one minute to commemorate the W...
08/01/2021
There is a City – Video

Every year on August 1 at exactly 5:00 pm, the city of Warsaw stops and stands still for one minute to commemorate the Warsaw Uprising, the Polish resistance Home Army’s attempt to liberate Warsaw from German occupation. Originally thought to last no more than 7 days, the Uprising was fought for 63 days with little outside support. It was the single largest military effort taken by any European resistance during World War II. We honor their memory.

There is a City is a compilation of clips and photos from the commemoration of the Warsaw Uprising in 201. At 5 PM on 1st August Warsaw comes to a standstill.

Major General Adam Joks is the second Polish officer to serve in US military leadership.  The first was Tadeus Kosciuszk...
07/16/2021

Major General Adam Joks is the second Polish officer to serve in US military leadership. The first was Tadeus Kosciuszko during the American Revolution! He has become the Deputy Commander of the U.S. Army V Corps at Fort Knox through the US Army Military Staff Exchange Program. Thank you for your service Major General Joks.

Polski oficer w Fort Knox! Generał dywizji Adam Joks obejmuje stanowisko zastępcy dowódcy 5 Korpusu Armii USA, stacjonującego w słynnej bazie wojskowej w stanie Kentucky. To pierwszy polski dowódca biorący udział w Programie Wymiany Personelu Wojskowego Armii Amerykańskiej i drugi polski wojskowy w oficjalnych amerykańskich strukturach wojskowych. Pierwszym był Tadeusz Kościuszko. Powierzenie funkcji generałowi Joksowi to dowód silnych więzi sojuszniczych i współpracy militarnej Polski i Stanów Zjednoczonych. Panu Generałowi gratulujemy i życzymy powodzenia!

Zdjęcie: Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej

07/11/2021

Great weather, great food, great times at our annual golf event. (And the prizes were fabulous, as always).

We are golfing in Ludlow! It's a great time. Amazing raffle prizes. Great course, great people, great value. Advertise y...
05/14/2021

We are golfing in Ludlow! It's a great time. Amazing raffle prizes. Great course, great people, great value. Advertise your business with tee signs.

In recognition of artist Zofia Stryjeńska’s birth, the Polish Center is pleased to join Google in showcasing the artwork...
05/13/2021

In recognition of artist Zofia Stryjeńska’s birth, the Polish Center is pleased to join Google in showcasing the artwork of Zofia Stryjenska, one of the best-known Polish women artists of the interwar period 1919-1939. She was a painter, graphic designer, illustrator, stage designer and a representative of art deco, who was nicknamed the “princess of Polish Art”. The exhibit at the Polish Center is entitled “Polish Peasant Costumes”. This is a great opportunity to view artwork from Poland’s rich artistic period and to appreciate a talent so often overlooked.

The iconic cottage can be seen in Poland's countryside and in the Polish Center's museum where we've recreated the cotta...
05/06/2021
Signs & Symbols of the Polish Village

The iconic cottage can be seen in Poland's countryside and in the Polish Center's museum where we've recreated the cottage experience on the third floor. Plan to visit in the summer months and see how your ancestors might have lived.

There are many key elements to the Polish village – where emblematic places act as glue for the local community, creating symbolic meeting spaces that even city dwellers can recognise.

Today is the 230th anniversary of Poland’s Constitution of 3rd May 1791.  It is the first document of its kind in Europe...
05/03/2021
Culture.pl EN | Polish culture: literature, art, film, design, language, cuisine & more!

Today is the 230th anniversary of Poland’s Constitution of 3rd May 1791. It is the first document of its kind in Europe and the second in the world after the United States.

Let’s look at the historical significance through the eye of artist Jan Matejko as he memorializes this milestone in Poland’s history. This large work hangs in the Royal Castle in Warsaw.

Featuring over 40,000 articles in Polish, English and Russian, Culture.pl features the best of Polish literature, design, visual arts, music, film and more, with over 7 million visitors a year across 80 countries.

04/04/2021
Pisanki, chleb, baranek and more... What goes into a Polish Easter basket? Watch this cute video to learn more.
04/03/2021
A Guide to the Polish Easter Basket

Pisanki, chleb, baranek and more... What goes into a Polish Easter basket? Watch this cute video to learn more.

Pisanki, chleb, baranek and more... What goes into a Polish Easter basket? Culture.pl reveals all the ingredients of the perfect traditional basket, along with on-screen pronunciation tips! Happy Easter!

Polish Easter eggs – from their traditional decoration techniques to the popular motifs they present, as well as their s...
04/02/2021
Discover the World of Pisanki, or Polish Easter Eggs

Polish Easter eggs – from their traditional decoration techniques to the popular motifs they present, as well as their symbolic meaning, linked to the overcoming of death by life - are beautiful and an important part of the Easter celebration. Try your hand at making Pisanki.

Culture.pl explores the immensely rich world of Polish Easter eggs – from their traditional decoration techniques to the popular motifs they present, as well as their symbolic meaning, linked to the overcoming of death by life.

Pierogi in Costa Rica? Who knew..  Coming soon...
04/02/2021

Pierogi in Costa Rica? Who knew.. Coming soon...

Like many of you, COVID really made us miss traveling. We dreamt of the days when we could grab our passport and go! Luckily, we took advantage of our time stuck in the States and put this yearning to good use. Today, we're excited to announce the outcome - and the next step in the Jaju Pierogi story.
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Introducing PLAYA PIEROGI, the Jaju Pierogi swim up bar, coming to Tamarindo, Costa Rica in 2022! Soon, you'll be able to escape to this tropical paradise AND enjoy your favorite Polish comfort food. We'll have the swim up pierogi bar with Zywiec on draft, kielbasa leis, floating plates with different sauekrauts, and pierogi-shaped inflatables so you can catch that Polish glow.
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While we've just signed the lease and are in the planning stages, we're already psyched to welcome you to Playa Pierogi next year - and to see where else this journey will take us across the globe. Check back for construction updates!

Paczki in liquid form? That really is dangerous. This brewery, whose owner is of Polish descent, is based in Salem, MA. ...
04/02/2021

Paczki in liquid form? That really is dangerous. This brewery, whose owner is of Polish descent, is based in Salem, MA. I haven't tried this beer yet, and the other ones I've tried are great.

Introducing: Pączki Pastry Stout!

Brewed with the traditional Polish pastry, the Pączki. Historically, only available in the weeks leading up to Lent, the Pączki [pronunced "pownch-key" in Polish, "poonch-key" in the US, or "puhnch·kee" if you're from Salem] is usually described as a Polish-style doughnut, but it's so much more. They are deep-fried dough shaped into giant spheres of joy filled with jelly, or some other sweet filling, and whipped cream.

True to the style, this sweet pastry stout was brewed with Raspberry Pączki hand-crafted by Salem’s renowned Coffee Time Bake Shop introduced to mash mixer and lauter tun during the brew day. We also used additions of vanilla, raspberry, and lactose for added sweetness and body. At just 3.3%, Paczki Pastry Stout is sweet without being cloying, full-bodied with notes of decadent vanilla whipped cream and raspberry jelly.

Available exclusively for Curbside Pick-Up / Beer To-Go & Mail Order. Limit one baker's dozen per customer. Orders will be held until the Pączkis go stale. Proxies, delegates, envoys, and other various vassals allowed.

...seriously, its real. We brewed it. You can buy it.

Easter is an important celebration in a Polish family. Reflect on the many traditions shared.
04/01/2021
Polish Easter Traditions

Easter is an important celebration in a Polish family. Reflect on the many traditions shared.

Some argue that Easter is more important than Christmas... does the array of Polish Easter traditions and customs support that hypothesis?

Here's what Polish people say when Spring is near.
03/26/2021
Popular Polish proverbs about Spring |

Here's what Polish people say when Spring is near.

Spring is here! We are ready for sun, warm temperatures and birds singing, right? We might be ready, but weather likes to play tricks on us sometimes… Here are most popular Polish proverbs about Spring, the weather and everything that is happening around this time of the year! Proverbs (przysłowi...

Girls with dreams become women with vision. Happy Women's Day!
03/08/2021

Girls with dreams become women with vision. Happy Women's Day!

Girls with dreams become women with vision. Happy Women's Day!

Today, February 4th, is the 275th birthday of the most famous Polish figure in American history, Tadeusz Kościuszko (Tha...
02/04/2021

Today, February 4th, is the 275th birthday of the most famous Polish figure in American history, Tadeusz Kościuszko (Thaddeus Kosciuszko).
Kościuszko designed the defenses of the West Point garrison from 1778–1780 during the height of the Revolutionary War when George Washington considered West Point to be the most important military post in America. A close friend of Thomas Jefferson, Kosciuszko named him as executor of his will directing that his military pay from the Revolutionary War be used to buy the freedom of American slaves and pay for their education.

Today, February 4th, is the 275th birthday of the most famous Polish figure in American history, Tadeusz Kościuszko (Thaddeus Kosciuszko).
Kościuszko designed the defenses of the West Point garrison from 1778–1780 during the height of the Revolutionary War when George Washington considered West Point to be the most important military post in America. A close friend of Thomas Jefferson, Kosciuszko named him as executor of his will directing that his military pay from the Revolutionary War be used to buy the freedom of American slaves and pay for their education.

12/22/2020
12/22/2020

This gem is open again and in production. Please check grocery stores for availability, as they are selling out. For people far and wide, Chicopee Provisions have been providing quality deli products, including their Polish line, since 1920. I have no interest in eating any hot dog besides their Blue Seal, natural casing variety.

Interesting history of the many different Santa's in Poland. Hope at least one stops at your house this Christmas.
12/09/2020
6 Different Santas: The Myths & Maths of Christmas in Poland

Interesting history of the many different Santa's in Poland. Hope at least one stops at your house this Christmas.

Most Poles receive their Christmas presents from Santa Claus – but did you know we have five other mystical figures dishing out gifts during the winter holiday season too?

Put a truly Polish spin on your holiday dinner.  While Thanksgiving is an American holiday, there is no reason you can’t...
11/24/2020
15 Polish Dishes That Will Complement Your Thanksgiving Dinner - Polish Your Kitchen

Put a truly Polish spin on your holiday dinner. While Thanksgiving is an American holiday, there is no reason you can’t include a few Polish menu items that will compliment a traditional turkey dinner. For example, Modra Kapusta (Polish Braised Red Cabbage with Raspberries) is normally served with roasted duck or goose in Poland. Works just as well with turkey

Smacznego

I've lived in the US for over 17 years, a few years ago I've decided there is no reason we can't Polish our Thanksgiving a bit and include some of my

The father of fractal geometry, Warsaw-born mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, is today’s Google Doodle.
11/20/2020

The father of fractal geometry, Warsaw-born mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, is today’s Google Doodle.

Well, fancy that!

The father of fractal geometry, Warsaw-born mathematician Benoit Mandelbrot, is today’s Google Doodle.

Mainly known for his pioneering work on fractals, irregular mathematical shapes which repeat infinitely, born 96 years ago today, at the age of 12 his family emigrated to France and he later moved to America where he worked for IBM.

Mandelbrot developed an algorithm that modelled landforms found in nature which he described in his book ‘The Fractal Geometry of Nature’.

In addition to a host of awards, in 1993 he won the Wolf Prize for Physics.

Who’s the daddy!

As a country that disappeared from the world map for over 122 years, it certainly had it's share of Capital cities.  War...
11/12/2020
Not Only Warsaw: All of Poland’s Capitals

As a country that disappeared from the world map for over 122 years, it certainly had it's share of Capital cities. Warsaw is its Capital today but read how Krakow, Poznan and others also carried that title.

It’s a well-known fact that Warsaw is the capital of Poland. But in the country’s long and tumultuous history, a number of other cities served as the capital, including some that may come as a surprise! Culture.pl takes a look at each one, explaining when and why they enjoyed this unique status.

Veterans Day, in the US, is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces...
11/11/2020

Veterans Day, in the US, is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served in the United States Armed Forces. For one day, we stand united in respect for our veterans. Today, Poles around the world also celebrate the 102nd anniversary of Poland regaining its independence. May we cherish the freedom that both nations fiercely fought to defend and cherish the bond shared with both countries.

Today, November 7, is the 153rd birthday of the most famous Polish figure in education and science.  Marie Sklodwska-Cur...
11/07/2020
5 Empowering Life Lessons from Maria Skłodowska-Curie

Today, November 7, is the 153rd birthday of the most famous Polish figure in education and science. Marie Sklodwska-Curie holds the renowned position of being the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win the Nobel Prize twice and the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two scientific fields. She was also the first woman to become a professor at the University of Paris.

Here are 5 important life lessons from this trailblazer.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie ‒ she used both names ‒ was a trailblazer in more than just science. More than ever, her strong principles and ground-breaking ideas are worth discovering, particularly for what she can teach us today.

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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 1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 1pm - 5pm
Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm

Telephone

(413) 592-0001

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Witaj, I am looking for someone to converse with my sparky 93 year old father in Polish via Zoom. He knows some from growing up and can hold a simple conversation but would love to practice more and keep busy and safe during COVID. He lives in Chicago. Any suggestions? We visited the center a few years ago when he came to visit me in Amherst. Any suggestions? Dziękuję Ci
Today, October 8, 2020 is National Pierogi Day. ENJOY!!!
Tune in to my friend Joanne Weglarz Schochat's radio show at noon (Central Standard Time), this coming Monday, Wednesday or Friday for Polish Christmas Carols. Broadcast online via http://radio.morton.edu click on the "play" arrow. (Use a PC or laptop; sorry, not accessible through your cell phone browser) Tis the season! Hope you enjoy the show!
Hi was in albany since Friday just got back today - exhausted
General Pulaski, father of the American Calvery, who died fighting for American freedom in Savannah, GA. US and Poland have had strong ties for over 400 years starting in Jamestown.
Wow, that's a lot of potential sweaters walking there.
Ponder this as you have your morning cup of coffee.
Autumn in Poland and soon to arrive in Massachusetts.
The Linguistics lab at UMass Amherst is currently recruiting native speakers of French (any dialect) and Polish to participate in a paid experiment on constant variation. The full announcement and sign-up is posted at this link.
My Great Uncle, Michael Wszol and his wife, Helen Moskwa Wszol, each immigrated from Poland (1910), met, married and settled in Chicopee, Massachusetts.