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  • Images of America: Chicago’s Polish Downtown


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    Author: Victoria Granacki In Association with the Polish Museum of America
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    Pages: 128
    Year: 2018

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    Polish Downtown is Chicago's oldest Polish settlement and was the capital of American Polonia from the 1870s through the first half of the 20th century. Nearly all Polish undertakings of any consequence in the U.S. during that time either started or were directed from this part of Chicago's near northwest side. / This book illustrates the first 75 years of this influential Polish neighborhood. Features are some of the most beautiful churches in Chicago - St. Stanislaus Kostka, Holy Trinity, and St. John Cantius - stunning examples of Renaissance and Baroque Revival architecture that form part of the largest concentration of Polish parishes in Chicago. The headquarters for almost every major Polish organization in America were clustered within blocks of each other, and four Polish-language daily newspapers were published here. The heart of the photographic collection in this book is from the extensive library and archives of the Polish Museum of America, still located in the neighborhood. / Author Victoria Granacki grew up Polish Catholic in Chicago. Her grandparents came from Poland and instilled in her a deep love for her Polish heritage. She is a principal with Granacki Historic Consultants and has written many architectural and community histories for Chicago and its suburbs. / The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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  • Chronicles of Terror: Vol. 4


    $15.00

    Hardcover
    Pages: 275
    Year: 2019

    5 in stock

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    In the “Chronicles of Terror” series we publish testimonies of specific individuals – victims and witnesses of two totalitarianism. They record the personal experiences of thousands of Poles and their families and loved ones. The present volume comprises accounts concerning the events that took place in the Śródmieście district during the Warsaw Uprising. The witnesses describe mass extermination, conducted by the Germans in such locations as the Jordan Garden, the ruins of the General Inspectorate of the Armed Forces, Hala Mirowska, the Opera or Anc’s Pharmacy. Many of those testifying miraculously survived executions or were used as human shields for German tanks and infantry units. The accounts also present the methodical destruction of Śródmieście’s buildings, carried out both during and after the fighting.

    Czwarty tom opisujący doświadczenia ludzi żyjących w Śródmieściu Warszawskim podczas Powstania Warszawskiego. Książka napisana po angielsku.

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  • Chronicles of Terror: Vol. 3


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    Hardcover
    Pages: 307
    Year: 2018

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    In the subsequent volume of the „Chronicles of Terror” series, we give voice to the eyewitness who survived the tragedy of war. It is from the perspective of their experiences that we show the history of Kielce, Radom, and other smaller towns and villages under German occupation. The Radom District was a kind of laboratory of German occupation policy in Poland. The testimonies of the residents of the Radom, Kielce and Częstochowa regions contained in the present volume paint a heart-rending picture of violence: the annihilation of the Jews, the extermination of the Polish.

    Trzeci tom opisujący doświadczenia ludzi żyjących w Polsce podczas okupacji niemieckiej. Książka napisana po angielsku.

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  • Chronicles of Terror: Vol. 2


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    Pages: 295
    Year: 2018

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    The „Chronicles of Terror” series is devoted to the publication of testimonies submitted by specific persons – victims and witnesses of the crimes committed by the Nazi and Soviet totalitarian systems. These depositions present the personal experiences of thousands of Poles, their families, and friends. The present volume contains accounts presenting the events that unfolded in the Wola district of Warsaw in August 1944. According to various estimates, the number of people murdered at the time ranged from 25,000 to as many as 60,000, among whom were thousands of women, children, and the elderly. The book contains the testimonies of both those who “survived their own death”, being wounded in mass executions, and of the helpless witnesses, who could only observe the murders of others – in many instances those of their own family members. The contents are supplemented with depositions given by witnesses who saw how the Germans tried to obliterate the traces of their crime, which according to some researchers satisfies the criteria of genocide.

    Drugi tom opisujący doświadczenia ludzi żyjących w Warszawie podczas sierpnia 1944 roku. Książka napisana po angielsku.

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  • Chronicles of Terror: Vol. 1


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    Hardcover
    Pages: 283
    Year: 2018

    5 in stock

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    The „Chronicles of Terror” series is devoted to the publication of testimonies submitted by specific persons – victims and witnesses of the crimes committed by the Nazi and Soviet totalitarian systems. These depositions present the personal experiences of thousands of Poles, their families, and friends. The accounts gathered in this volume concern the period from September 1939 to July 1944, whereas the leitmotifs that conjoin them are the executions that were conducted by the Germans in Warsaw and its environs throughout the entire occupation. Some of these killings were committed as punishment for various types of “crimes” – from involvement in the resistance to participation in clandestine classes. Others were aimed at exterminating the Polish intelligentsia, were retaliatory in nature, or were simply manifestations of the occupier’s criminal whims. Both secret and public, mass and individual, by shooting or by hanging, the accounts brought together in the book clearly show that executions formed an integral part of everyday life in occupied Warsaw.

    Pierwszy tom opisujący doświadczenia ludzi żyjących w Polsce od września 1939 roku do lipca 1944 roku. Książka napisana po angielsku.

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


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    Author: Dominic A. Pacyga
    Hardcover
    Pages: 321
    Year: 2019

    4 in stock

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    Book Description: Every May, a sea of 250,000 people decked out in red and white head to downtown Chicago to celebrate the Polish Constitution Day Parade. In the city, you can tune in to not one but four different Polish-language radio stations or jam out to the Polkaholics. You can have lunch at pierogi food trucks or pick up pączkis at the grocery store. And if you’re lucky, you get to take off work for Casimir Pulaski Day. For more than a century, Chicago has been home to one of the largest Polish populations outside of Poland, and the group has had enormous influence on the city’s culture and politics. Yet, until now, there has not been a comprehensive history of the Chicago Polonia.

    With American Warsaw, award-winning historian and Polish American 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, or “Polishness”.

    Today Chicago is slowly being eclipsed by other Polish immigrant centers, but it remains a vibrant – and sometimes contentious – the heart of the Polish American experience. American Warsaw is a sweeping story that expertly depicts a people who are deeply connected to their historical home, and at the same time, fiercely proud of their adopted city. As Pacyga writes, “While we were Americans, we also considered ourselves to be Poles. In that strange Chicago ethnic way, there was no real difference between the two.”

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  • Images of America: The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair: The World of Tomorrow


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    Author: Bill Cotter
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    Pages: 127
    Year: 2018

    5 in stock

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    Falling in between the dark days of the Great Depression and World War II, the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair offered a refreshing prediction for “the World of Tomorrow”. There were exciting demonstrations of robot servants, computerized highways, color photography, and a new invention called television. Visitors could tour the latest in model homes, enjoy the marvel of air-conditioning, and watch the newest streamlined steam locomotive in action. America’s largest corporations joined forces with nations from around the world to showcase the wonders of a future that was sure to come. There was also a display of past technical marvels, international culture and cuisine, and plenty of the innovative architecture that is a large part of these international expositions. Vintage photographs, most never published before, showcased what has been lauded as the most memorable world’s fair of all time.

    Bill Cotter is a longtime world’s fair enthusiast and has traveled to many of these international exhibitions. The author of 11 other books on fairs for Arcadia Publishing, he is a frequent contributor to other books, magazines, and documentaries on the world’s fairs and has spoken extensively on the subject. His photograph collection of the world’s fairs, the worlds largest has been featured in museum exhibits, and he operates two popular websites devoted to the fairs.

    The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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  • Images of America: The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair


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    Author: Bill Cotter
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    Pages: 127
    Year: 2018

    4 in stock

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    After enduring 10 harrowing years of the Great Depression, visitors to the 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair found welcome relief in the fair’s optimistic presentation of the “World of Tomorrow”. Pavilions from America’s largest corporations and dozens of countries were spread across a 1,216 – acre site, showcasing the latest industrial marvels and predictions for the future intermingled with cultural displays from around the world. Well known for its theme structures, the Trylon and Perisphere the fair was an intriguing mixture of technology, science, architecture, showmanship, and politics. Proclaimed by many as the most memorable world’s fair ever held, it predicted wonderful times were ahead for the world even as the clouds of war were gathering. Through vintage photographs, most never published before, The 1939-1940 New York World’s Fair recaptures those days when the eyes of the world were on New York and on the future.

    Bill Cotter has been an avid scholar and fan of the world’s fairs since his first visit to the 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair. His collection of vintage photographs has been featured in numerous books, including three previous titles for Arcadia Publishing, as well as in magazine articles, documentaries, and Websites that document the histories of the fairs.

    The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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  • Images of America: Toledo’s Polonia


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    Written by: Rev. Richard Philiposki with the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society
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    Pages: 128
    Year: 2018

    5 in stock

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    Located on the western edge of Lake Erie and at the mouth of the Maumee River, Toledo developed rapidly as a port and industrial and transportation center in the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning in the early 1870s, Polish immigrants were found among the German settlers. By 1882, there were two Polish parishes established in two distinct Polish neighborhoods (Lagrinka in North Toledo and Kuszwanc in South Toledo) that continued to grow and expand through the mid-20th century. Toledo’s Polish community was numbered among the 10 largest in the country and was home to the Paryski Publishing Company, which printed more than three million books in the Polish language. This nook illustrates how people lived, worshiped, socialized, celebrated life, and maintained their ethnic heritage while also becoming patriotic Americans.

    Rev. Richard Philiposki, a priest of the Society for Christ for Polonia, is the grandson of Polish immigrants on both sides of his family. He has lived and studied in Poland and has a great interest in ethnic and urban history and geography. He is currently pastor of the twinned St. Adalbert and St. Hedwig Parishes in Toledo. The Toledo Polish Genealogical Society eagerly embraced this book project and assisted in preparing this work.

    The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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  • Images of America: Chicago’s Southeast Side


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    Authors: Rod Sellers and Dominic A. Pacyga
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    Pages: 128
    Year: 2018

    3 in stock

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    Steel and the steel industry are the backbones of Chicago’s southeast side, an often overlooked neighborhood with a rich ethnic heritage. Bolstered by the prosperous steel industry, the community attracted numerous, strong-willed people with a desire to work from distinct cultural backgrounds. In recent years, the vitality of the steel industry has diminished. Chicago’s Southeast Side displays many rare and interesting pictures that capture the spirit of the community when the steel industry was a vibrant force.

    Although annexed in 1889 by the city of Chicago, the community has maintained its own identity through the years. In an attempt to remain connected to their homelands, many immigrants established businesses, churches, and organizations to ease their transition to a new and unfamiliar land. The southeast side had its own schools, shopping districts, and factories. As a result, it became a prosperous, yet separate, enclave within the city of Chicago.

    The story of this diverse, working-class neighborhood is beautifully compiled by authors Rod Sellers and Dominic A. Pacyga. Together they have written an informative history that combines intriguing photographs and the local history of a community that has always believed in the American dream. Those who remember the heyday of the neighborhood will treasure Chicago’s Southeast Side for many years to come.

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  • Images of America: Logan Square


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    Authors: Andrew Scheider, Ward Miller, Jacob Kaplan, and Daniel Pogorzelski
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    Pages: 127
    Year: 2018

    3 in stock

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    The community now called Logan Square began as a patchwork of farms, hay fields, subdivisions, and small towns in rural Jefferson Township. Subsumed into the rapidly expanding city of Chicago at the end of the 19th century, the elegant residences lining the boulevards would gain prominence as an ethnic gold coast. Over time, a kaleidoscope of peoples would call Logan Square home, including Yankee farmers, Scandinavian proprietors, German tradesmen, African-American freedmen, Polish shopkeepers, Jewish merchants, Filipino laborers, and Cuban refugees – a diversity further enriched with the many nations of the former Soviet Bloc, as well as Latin America and the Caribbean, that would later settle here. Like many other Chicago neighborhoods, change is the one constant, as the arts have brought a renaissance to this working-class corner of the city. The photographs that appear in this book were compiled by the authors from a variety of private and institutional collections.

    Andrew Schneider is the president of Logan Square Preservation. Ward Miller is the executive director of Preservation Chicago. Jacob Kaplan is the editor and co-founder of Forgotten Chicago. Daniel Pogorzelski is the vice president of the Northwest Chicago Historical Society.

    The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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  • Images of America: Old Irving Park


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    Author: Wilfredo Cruz
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    Pages: 127
    Year: 2018

    3 in stock

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    Old Irving Park is indeed a crown jewel among Chicago neighborhoods. Located on the city's north side, it is peaceful and family oriented with a suburban-like charm. It has many handsomely restored older homes with distinctive architectural styles. Old Irving Park was the birthplace of Irving Park, a quaint suburb established in 1869 that was annexed by Chicago in 1889. It has a rich history with over a century of memories. Stately churches sit on quiet street corners exuding a neighborly spirit. Various churches and schools have held centennial celebrations, and old, majestic trees line every street. It has seen many changes but is still a thriving community with character, nice homes, and a legacy of civic-minded individuals and organizations. / Wilfredo Cruz is a longtime resident of Old Irving Park. Having earned his PhD from the University of Chicago, he is a professor of sociology at Columbia College Chicago. He has published two other Arcadia Publishing books, Images of America: Puerto Rican Chicago and Images of America: Chicago Latinos at Work. / The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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    softcover, pages: 157