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Polish American Historical Association Presents its 2016 Awards at the 74th Annual Meeting, in Denver, Colorado,
January 5-7, 2017

Los Angeles, December 8, 2016 – At the 74th Annual
Meeting at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver,
CO (January 5-7, 2017), the Polish American Historical
Association will announce the winners of its Annual
Awards. The PAHA Annual Meeting will also include
many scholarly presentations held in conjunction
with the 131st annual Meeting of the American Historical

The Oskar Halecki Prize recognizes an important book
or monograph on the Polish experience in the United
States. Eligibility is limited to works of historical
and/or cultural interest, including those in
the social sciences or humanities, published in the
two years prior to the award. The 2017 Halecki Prize
will be presented to Prof. Mieczysław B. Biskupski, for
his book The Most Dangerous German Agent in America
(NIU Press, 2015).

The Amicus Poloniae Award recognizes significant contributions
enhancing knowledge of Polish and Polish-
American heritage by individuals not belonging to
the Polish-American community. It will be presented
to Dr. Alvin Mark Fountain II and Brenda Bruce who
co-founded the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, North
Carolina in 2014 (paderewski-festival.org). Dr. Fountain,
the President of the Festival, is a former administrator
with the State of North Carolina and for
more than 25 years he taught history at North Carolina
State University. In 2008, Dr. Fountain was appointed
as an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland.
The Vice-President and Secretary of the Festival,
Brenda Bruce is an accomplished pianist, harpsichordist,
acclaimed teacher, and accompanist dedicated
to the promotion of classical piano performance
of the highest quality.

Dr. Stephen Leahy of Shantou University, China, will
receive the Distinguished Service Award, given occasionally
to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable
and sustained service to the organization. Dr.
Leahy’s crucial role as the co-founder and moderator
of PAHA’s Facebook group is just one of his many
achievements as a long-time PAHA Board member, dedicated
to the promotion of the association and its
research interests world-wide.

The Swastek Prize is awarded annually for the best
article published in a given volume of Polish American
Studies, the journal of the Polish American Historical
Association. This award, established in 1981, is named
in honor of Rev. Joseph V. Swastek (1913-1977),
the editor of Polish American Studies for many years,
and a past president of PAHA. The Editorial Board of
Polish American Studies recommended that the Swastek
Prize be presented to Prof. Paweł Ziętara of Warsaw,
Poland for “Troubles with ‘Mela’: A Polish American
Reporter, the Secret Services of People’s Poland,
and the FBI” (PAS 72, No 1, Spring 2015). Ziętara’s article
assembles massive, painstaking research and
presents a portrait of communist activity in the USA
in the postwar period that is not well known. It brings
to light a subject both significant and fascinating, and
is based almost entirely on original archival sources.
The Creative Arts Award will be bestowed on Dr. Maja
Trochimczyk, for her achievements as a poet, especially
in her two books dedicated to Polish victims of
WWII, Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2014),
and The Rainy Bread, (Moonrise Press, 2016). Her books
of poetry include Rose Always, 2008; Miriam’s Iris,
2008; Into Light, 2016; and two anthologies, Chopin
with Cherries, 2010, and Meditations on Divine Names,
2012. Dr. Trochimczyk served as Poet Laureate
of Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles in 2010-2012 and was
nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2016.
The Skalny Civic Achievement Awards honor individuals
or groups who advance PAHA’s goals of promoting
research and awareness of the Polish-American experience
and/or have made significant contributions
to Polish or Polish-American community and culture.
The 2016 Skalny Awards will honor the following individuals:
Marta Alicja Swica of Minneapolis, MN, former Business
Manager, Scholarship Program Chair, and member
of the Executive Board of the Polanie Club Minneapolis
and St. Paul, an important cultural association of
Polish women, active since the 1927 and distinguished
through their vast publishing activities. After the dissolution
of the Club, Ms. Swica led the effort to secure
its historical records and successfully negotiated
their placement at the Immigration History Research
Center, University of Minnesota, and the Polish Museum
of America in Chicago.

Tomasz Skotnicki, Honorary Consul of the Republic of
Poland in Denver, CO, since 2005, is strongly linked to
local Polonia communities, first in Santa Barbara where
he organized Polish community events to celebrate
national holidays. In Colorado, he co-organizes visits
of representatives of Polish government including
President Lech Walesa, organizes consular events, cooperates
with the Polish Club and the Kosciuszko Foundation.
Mr. Skotnicki actively promotes Polish culture
and history and helps Poles who are in need.

Katarzyna Zak, President of the Polish Club in Denver,
has made numerous contributions to the promotion of
Polish culture and activities of local Polish society, including
numerous events, support for the Polish library,
and more. She is a member of the Polonia Council
convened by the Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles.

President of the Polish American Film Society, Elizabeth
Kanski and Artistic Director of the Polish Film Festival
in Los Angeles, Vladek Juszkiewicz are recognized
by the 2016 Skalny Award for their work as organizers
of the Film Festival, held in Los Angeles for the
past 16 years and promoting Polish cinema and international
film collaborations (www.polishfilmla.org)
through hundreds of screenings, lectures, and panel
presentations in Los Angeles and Orange County, in
collaboration with CSUN, USC, UCLA and other partners.
The Graduate Student Research Paper Award will be
presented to Joanna Kulpińska from the Jagiellonian
University in Kraków, Poland for her paper “Multigenerational
Migration Chains of Families from Babica:
An Attempt at Typology.” Established in 2008, the
Graduate Student Research Paper Award recognizes
outstanding research into Polish-American history and
culture by a young scholar in the humanities or social
sciences and consists of a travel grant and presentation
at the Annual Meeting.

The newly instituted Graduate Student/ Young Scholar
Travel Grant will be presented to Aleksandra Kurowska-
Susdorf from the University of Gdańsk, Poland,
for her paper “Creating Identity: Discussion around
Kashubian and Polish Identity in Canada and Poland.”
Dr. Iwona Drag Korga, Executive Director of the Pilsudski
Institute in New York City, has served as the
Chair of the Awards Committee for 2017. The Awards
Reception will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2017,
starting at 7 p.m., at the Polish Club of Denver (3121
West Alameda Ave. Denver, CO 80219). Award winners
are invited to attend free of charge, all other guests
and conference participants should register, $50.00
per person.

The Program of PAHA’s 74th Annual Meeting includes
eight sessions on diverse aspects of Polonia’s culture,
presented from historical, sociological, anthropological,
and literary perspectives with a focus on immigration
issues. Sessions include: immigrant and Ethnic
Identity, Constructing Ethnicity in Polish American Literature,
Narrating Migration: Subjectivities and Communities
in Poland and the United States; Prominent
Poles in America; Between Europe and North America:
(Im)migration and Social Justice; East Central Europe:
What’s in the Name? The View from Exile. An “Author
Meets Critic Session” will explore The Polish Hearst:
Ameryka-Echo and the Public Role of the Immigrant
Press by Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. Papers on
architect Thomas Lewinski, pianist-composer-statesman
Ignacy Jan Paderewski, and writer Anthony Bukoski
will study eminent individuals and the meeting
will conclude with a Roundtable Discussion on “Progressive:
Polish-Americans for Social Progress, Jamestown
through the 21st Century.” See the attached
full program for further details.
About PAHA: The Polish American Historical Association
is a non-profit, tax-exempt, interdisciplinary
organization devoted to the study of Polish American
history and culture as part of the larger Polish
diaspora. Founded in 1942 as part of the Polish Institute
of Arts and Sciences in America, PAHA became
an autonomous scholarly society in 1948 and
is an affiliate of the American Historical Association.
PAHA publishes a newsletter and a biannual
scholarly peer-reviewed journal, Polish
American Studies (University of Illinois Press, ISSN
0032-2806; eISSN 2330-0833; press.uillinois.edu/journals/
pas/subscription.html; with past issues on
JSTOR). PAHA has over 600 international members, including
both individuals and institutions. Membership
is open to all individuals interested in the fields
of Polish American history and culture, and immigration

Program with dates:
Maja Trochimczyk, Ph.D.
PAHA Secretary and Communications Director
818 384 8944




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Towarzystwo Przyjaciół Fundacji Jana Pawła II w Kolorado serdecznie zaprasza na Święto Trzech Króli organizowane dnia 8 stycznia (niedziela) 2017 roku o godzinie 15:00
w Polskim Klubie przy 3121 W Alameda Ave., Denver, CO

W programie : królewski podwieczorek, szopka z udziałem wszystkich dzieci,
wspólne śpiewanie kolęd, wizyta grup kolędników.
Wstęp wolny, podwieczorek i napoje do nabycia.


kolonie zuchowe 2017

Brighton Sister Cities is excited to announce an upcoming activity to raise
funds for our organization.
On Saturday, February 11th , Brighton Sister Cities is hosting the 13th
annual Dinner and Auction

brigton ziembice 2017


Here are the facts:
Brighton Sister Cities Presents
Dinner & Auction
Saturday, February 11th
Brighton Recreation Center, 555 North 11th Avenue.
A Traditional Polish Dinner including all of the fixings will be served!

Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m.
The auction will begin at 7:00.
Tickets are $15.00 per person.
Polish beer and wine will be available.

Brighton Sister Cities is requesting help in 3 ways:
1. Come, have dinner and enjoy the evening. Bring your friends.
2. Buy something at the auction. We have already received many items including Sports
Collectables, Polish trinkets, and artwork.
3. Donate something for the auction. We are asking for new items that have appeal at a
benefit auction. Suggested items are sports collectable items, event tickets, glass wear,
a weekend in a condo or time share, ANYTHING! All donations are tax deductible.
Proceeds from the evening will help fund the activities for the delegation from Ziebice when
they visit Brighton and to offset the expenses of students visiting Ziebice.
Brighton Sister Cities is a collaborative cultural exchange program between the cities of
Brighton Colorado and Ziebice Poland. Inaugurated in 1995 the program has given students,
civic and business leaders, educators and individual representatives the opportunity to
experience a cross cultural sharing of ideas, events, programs, and celebrations. Since
its inception over 200 student and adults have participated in the sister cities exchange
program. The exchange is based on an every year rotation alternating between Brighton
visiting Ziebice and Ziebice visiting Brighton.

For additional information, contact:
• Neil Fleischauer at 303-523-4224,
• Mark Hempel at 303-498-0762
• Henry Rozwarzewski at 720-685-0512 - in Polish

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