In Search of Perfect Pączki

I cannot be in Hamtramck, pączki capital of the world, on this “Pączki Day” (aka Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras) so I decided to seek out the best pączek I could find within a three mile radius of my house in Chicago. As most Polish Americans know, pączki are sinfully fat and sweet jelly doughnuts [...]

The Pillar of Chicago

“The Pillar of Chicago” is a short video about Chicago’s contemporary Polish community produced by the Polish Consulate in Chicago. Watch it on YouTube or the Polish Museum of America Website. ______________________________________________________________________

Polish Art Center, Hamtramck Museum
Open House Draws Large Crowd

An open house at the Polish Art Center and the Hamtramck Historical Museum in Hamtramck, Michigan, drew hundreds of visitors over the past weekend. Polish and not-so-Polish shoppers packed the Art Center and visited the Museum over the two-day event, which featured a fabulous luncheon buffet with coffee, champagne, and all the holiday cheer imaginable. [...]

Veterans Day 2017, in Memory
of Uncles in World War II

They weren’t even uncles when they went to fight in Europe and the Pacific during World War II, three of my mother’s four brothers—Stan, and the twins Joe and John. When I was born, in 1947, the war had been over for a mere two years. In all that time, I cannot recall ever having [...]

The Killing Did Not End There:
50 Years after the Detroit Riot

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Detroit riot, or, depending on your point of view, the Detroit rebellion of 1967. At that time, I was living in Romeo, then a farming community north of the city, and working for the summer at Sears Roebuck in Roseville, a suburb. When news of the riot [...]

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