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Worcester County's Polish Community
by Barbara Proko and Janice Baniukiewicz Stickles


Overview - Polish settlement in Worcester County had humble beginnings: a small group of German Poles in the 1870s. Over the next decades, thousands of Russian and Austrian Poles, fleeing economic and political hardship, pinned their hopes for a better life on jobs in the burgeoning industries of central Massachusetts.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Polish settlement in Worcester County had humble beginnings: a small group of German Poles in the 1870s. Over the next decades, thousands of Russian and Austrian Poles, fleeing economic and political hardship, pinned their hopes for a better life on jobs in the burgeoning industries of central Massachusetts. Practicing their religion in their native tongue was vital to these devout Catholics. New England s first Polish parish was founded in Webster, with others following in Worcester, Gardner, West Warren, Clinton, Southbridge, and Dudley. Polish clubs served as central gathering places in Gilbertville, Uxbridge, and South Grafton. Worcester County s Polish Americans share an intricate web of relationships family, religious, business, social, cultural, educational, political, and athletic that celebrates their heritage and sustains them today as one of the region s largest ethnic groups."

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9780738554549
  • ISBN-10: 0738554545
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC)
  • Publish Date: September 2007
  • Page Count: 127
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.59 x 0.35 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds

Series: Images of America (Arcadia Publishing)

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Books > History > United States - State & Local - New England
Books > Social Science > Ethnic Studies - General
Books > History > Social History

 
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