Polish Heritage Society

The Suffield Polish Heritage Society welcomes anyone in Suffield and the surrounding area who is interested in learning about the Polish Culture and keeping it alive. Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month from September through June at 10 a.m. Watch for announcements about meetings and other items of interest to Polish Americans on the Facebook group “Suffield Polish Heritage Society.”

The meeting on December 5 will be held at the Suffield Ambulance Center (205 Bridge Street.) With the help of the Felician Sisters from Enfield, we will sing Polish Christmas carols, Kolędy.

Polish American Heritage Month

October has been recognized as Polish American Heritage month since 1981. It is a time to consider the contributions Polish men and women have made in the United States and throughout the world.

Polish Heritage Society

The Polish Heritage Society (PHS) will not meet in July or August but there are several things going on behind the scenes that may be of interest. Monthly meetings of the Polish Heritage Society will resume on Wednesday, September 5 at 10 a.m.

This past spring several members of the PHS created a small Polish Heritage exhibit at the library.

Our Polish Heritage

Irish immigrants were the first non-British to come to Suffield. They came in the early 1800s to make money working on the canal system.

Polish Heritage Society Meeting

The June meeting of the Polish Heritage Society will be held on June 6, at 10 a.m. at the Suffield Ambulance Center. Sara Zak will discuss “The Polish Declaration of Admiration and Friendship for the United States of America.” This 111-volume “Birthday Card” was sent from Poland to the United States in 1926 to recognize our 150th anniversary of independence.

Our Polish Heritage

Last month’s Polish Heritage article referred to a time that the country of Poland did not exist on the map. For almost 150 years (1772 – 1918) the territory was seized by, and partitioned between, Russia, Prussia and Austria in a series of negotiations in 1772, 1793 and 1795.

Polish Heritage Society Meeting

It was standing room only at the April meeting of the Polish Heritage Society (PHS)! Pat Cosma arranged to have Susan Urban, a Polish folk artist from West Springfield, talk about and demonstrate “wyncinaki”—Polish paper cutting.