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American Warsaw The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago

A new book by
Dominic A. Pacyga

With American Warsaw, award-winning historian Dominic A. Pacyga chronicles more than a century of immigration, and later emigration back to Poland, showing how the community has continually redefined what it means to be Polish in Chicago. He takes us from the Civil War era until today, focusing on how three major waves of immigrants, refugees, and fortune seekers shaped and then redefined the Polonia. Pacyga also traces the movement of Polish immigrants from the peasantry to the middle class and from urban working-class districts dominated by major industries to suburbia. He documents Polish Chicago’s alignments and divisions: with other Chicago ethnic groups; with the Catholic Church; with unions, politicians, and city hall; and even among its own members. And he explores the ever-shifting sense of Polskość.

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READING, Q&A, AND SIGNING
Wednesday, October 30, 7 p.m.
The Polish Museum of America
Muzeum Polskie w Ameryce
984 N. Milwaukee Ave. | (773) 384-3352

Free admission

  • October 30, 2019 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Great Hall

Sabina P. Logisz Great Hall was originally designed as the auditorium for the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America headquarters. In 1939, it was adapted for the needs of the Museum. The center space of the Great Hall presents rotating temporary exhibitions of documentary and historical content, as well as art and artists, both local and international.

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