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Polish Heritage Travel Guide to USA & Canada

Polish Calendar


Polish-Americans in Western New York

People, heritage and traditions from the country of Poland in WNY.

Poland's connection with Buffalo started back with the Holland Land Company.  A partner named Peter Stadnicki had a street named after him, Stadnicki Street, which today is called Church Street.  Settlers began arriving mid 19th century.  The Pol-Ams community flourished and developed when St. Stanislaus Church was founded.  The city of Buffalo and WNY today has a distinct Polish flavor.

A Classic Buffalo Marketplace - Products about Poland and more at our aStore.
Veterans / WNY Polonia - Click here for Polish Veteran links in Western New York.
SPK Post No. 33 - Monument dedicated to the Polish Armed Forces in the Second World War.


Polish Armed Forces Exhibit - The most extensive collection of documents and memorabilia in the US concerning the contribution of Poland to the Allied victory in WW II.  Aboard the USS Little Rock.

The Polish Legacy Project - Poland to Buffalo Through WWII: Untold Stories Come Alive.
Polish Legacy Project in Buffalo-WWII - Yahoo Group of Poland related stories from World War II.
Am-Pol Eagle - The Voice of Americans of Polish Ancestry.
Broadway Fillmore Alive - Buffalo's historic Polonia district.
Broadway Market - Famous foods in downtown Buffalo.
Dyngus Day Buffalo - Easter Monday in Buffalo-Niagara Dyngus Capitol of the World.
Polish-American Heritage Festival - At the Hamburg Fairgrounds.
St. Stanislaus Church- The eastside Buffalo parish in the center of the region's Polish-American community.

Click here for the Polish American Journal

Cheektowaga - The town hosts the annual Polish-American Festival in July.
Pulaski Parade - The annual Pulaski Day Parade is on Sunday, July 18th, 2010.
General Casimir Pulaski - Polish born Father of American Cavalry and Revolutionary War hero.
There is a Pulaski monument, built in 1976, located at Main Street and South Division Street in Buffalo, NY.
Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle - Fillmore Avenue in Buffalo.
Bison Grass Vodka - Classic Zubrowka by Adamba.
Camellia Foods - Cichocki brand Polish sausage, hams and more since 1935 in Buffalo.
Chopin Foundation
Chopin Singing Society
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York
DJ Johnny K - Buffalo disc jockey for all special occasions.
Forgotten Buffalo - Historic Polonia district in Buffalo.
Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble - Western New York's largest Polish cultural and dance group.
InfoPoland - The Polish Academic Information Center, UB SUNY.
Kosciuszko Foundation - WNY Chapter.
Lt. Col. Matt Urban - Human Services Center of WNY, former Dom Polski.
Monte Cassino - Remembrance of the battle from WWII.
Niagara-On-The-Lake - Polish Blue Army and more from Electronic Museum.
Our Lady of Czestochowa

Polish American Congress
Polish American Congress - Founded in Buffalo 1944.
PAC WNY - Polish American Congress Western New York Division.

Polish-American Heritage on the Niagara Frontier
Polish Buzz - From the Chicago community.
Polish Community - History in Buffalo and PanAm Expo.
Polish Constitution Day - May 3rd.en-us"
Polish Embassy - Washington, DC.
Polish Falcons - Of America.
Polish Genealogical Society of NYS
Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York - Traditional shows, Paczki Day, Dozynki.
Polish National Tourist Office

Polish News
Polonia Organizations
Polish Room - Lockwood Library.
Polish Saturday School - Support this fine tradition. (50th Anniversary ad by
Polish Union of America
Polonia Today - Online news magazine from Chicago.

Kasia Pawluskiewicz - Polish/American Painter/Sculptor and author.


PRCUA - Polish Roman Catholic Union of America.
Rosary Hour - Father Justin Figas.
The Kosciuszko Foundation

US Consulate - Krakow, Poland.
US Diplomatic Mission - Warsaw, Poland.
US Embassy's Consular Section - USA Diplomatic mission to Poland.
WNED-TV - Polonia, WNYs Polish-American Legacy

Famous Poles
Frederic Chopin - Pianist and teacher.
Nicolaus Copernicus - Astronomer and University.
Marie Curie - Scientist and Nobel prize laureate.
Dr. Francis E. Fronczak - Collection in E. H. Butler Library at Buffalo State college.
Casimir Stanislaus Gzowski - Designer of the International Railway Bridge connecting Fort Erie and Buffalo in 1873.
Thaddeus Kosciuszko - National memorial for volunteer who aided the American revolutionary cause in 1776.
Adam Mickiewicz - Poet.
Ignacy Jan Paderewski - Statesman and composer.
Pope John Paul II - Karol Wojtyla.  The Holy See, the Holy Father.
Marshal Jozef Pilsudski - A symbol of Polish independence since 1914.
Henryk Sienkiewicz - Writer.
Lt. Col. Matt Urban - Biography.
Bobby Vinton - Performer and singer.
Lech Walesa - Solidarity, ex-president, statesman, nobel laureate.

Pictures - Click a thumbnail pic to enlarge image.

Polish Legacy Project

Polish WWII survivors who settled in WNY at the International Conference in WNED Studios on October 3rd, 2009.

First To Fight

70th anniversary of the invasion of Poland in 1939 by Nazi Germany.

St. Stanislaus

The mother church of Polonia.

Social Center

At St. Stanislaus Church in downtown Buffalo, NY.

St. Stanislaus Cemetery

Polish Veterans of WWII.

Polish Armed Forces Exhibit.

Aboard the USS Little Rock at the Buffalo Naval Park.

Polish Veterans of WWII

Monument at the Buffalo Naval Park.

European Deli

Polska imports market on Clinton Street, Buffalo.

Bobby Vinton

Polish Heritage Festival at the Creekside on Saturday, May 21st, 2005.

Paczki Day

Jan. 30th, 2005 at McKinleys in Blasdell. Pre-lent celebration with dancers, food, gifts and music.

Polish Heritage Dancers

Girl dressed in traditional costume and greeting with beads on Paczki Day.

Easter Basket

Polish tradition.

King of Poland

1386-1434 The Jagiello Monument located in Central Park, Manhattan NYC since 1946. Victor over the Teutonic Knights at Grunwald. Photo by Dana Deskiewicz,

Chopin Monument

Czyz family vacation to Warsaw, Poland in summer of 2005.