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'Poles in Wisconsin' at the Wisconsin Book Festival

Saturday, November 10, 2012   2:45–4 pm

Join Susan Mikoś, author of "Poles in Wisconsin," as she tells the story of Wisconsin's second largest ethnic group, the Poles. She will discuss the cultural heritage that Poles brought from their homeland and the strategies the immigrants used to adapt to their new environment. She will read excerpts from the never-before-published memoir of Maciej Wojda, a Polish peasant who immigrated to Milwaukee in the 1860s. A book signing and reception will follow the presentation. Enjoy coffee and sweets, and join members of the Polish Heritage Club while viewing a display of Milwaukee images from the Roman B.J. Kwasniewski Photograph Collection at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libraries, archives department.

'Poles in Wisconsin' traces the history of Polish immigrants as they settled in America's northern heartland. The second largest immigrant population after Germans, Poles put down roots in all corners of the state, from the industrial center of Milwaukee to the farmland around Stevens Point, in the Cutover and beyond. In each locale, they brought with them a hunger to own land, a willingness to work hard and a passion for building churches. Mikoś is a historic preservation consultant who lives in Milwaukee.

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Free and open to the public

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Venue: Wisconsin Historical Museum

Four floors of changing exhibit galleries, permanent exhibits and the museum store — located on Madison's Capitol Square

30 N Carroll St
Madison, WI

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Phone: 608-264-6555
Fax: 608-264-6575