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 […]

Here Comes Halloween,
A Most Un-Polish Holiday

When I was around 7 years old, I kept asking my mother to buy me a “Lone Ranger suit.” I was enthralled by television’s masked cowboy and his loyal Indian companion and I wanted to look just like him inside those tight-fitting pants, living the life of a righteous crusader for all that is good […]

Cold War Games:
Polish Cousins in Lwów

I call the city Lwów because that is what we want to see, the remains of the old city that once was a center of art and culture in Poland. After the Second World War, borders were adjusted to punish the German losers and reward the Soviet victors. This was the agreement made by the […]

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