Traveling Exhibits – Stamford’s Polish Community

Polska Ziemia
Stamford’s Polish Community


Monsignore Francis Wladasz


Adam & Josephine Poltrack Founders of Holy Name of Jesus Church


Frank Winski “Mayor of the Southend”

Holy Name Athletic Club c. 1978

Holy Name Athletic Club c. 1978

Polska Ziemia, Stamford’s Polish Community examines the establishment and history of the Poles in Stamford since they first came in the 1870s. The life of the Polish community was intimately tied to the Polish Church (Holy Name). From the time of the founding of the parish until WWII the life of most Poles revolved around the church, the parochial Holy Name School and the many affiliated societies and clubs. Holy Name Athletic Club was founded in 1925 and was but one of many secular groups that provided opportunites or activities for Stamford’s Poles. Until WWII the community remained fairly insular, though increasingly through the 1930s more Poles married out of the Polish community. It was only after WWII however that the Poles merged into the City of Stamford as a whole.

Next venue to be announced.

For information about the exhibit and its display availability, contact the Society at 329-1183 or e-mail us at

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