Polish American Heritage Month

Polish American Heritage Month is held each year in October. During this time Polish American communities celebrate Polish American culture and their important role in entire American society.

This Month is an annual commemorated  since 1981. It was first organised by Michael Blichasz – president of the Polish-American Cultural Centre in Philadelphia. Since that time it was celebrated each year in August during various events and gatherings in Pennsylvania that were mainly focused on travels and culture. The Polish American Congres together with the Polish American Cultural Center put efforts to lobbie state and national politicians in order to proclaim August as Polish Heritage Month. In 1984 the Resolution 577 passed and August was officialy recognized Polish American Heritage Month. All Americans were urged to join celebrations honoring Polish heritage in United States. In 1986, the month was changed to October. This allowed schools to participate in events during the school year.

October also hold significance as at this month first Polish settlers came to Jamestown, Virginia.

Presidents Ronald Regan and George W. Bush made proclamations and starting with Bill Clinton each President of United States has made proclamations for General Pulaski Memorial Day as well as messages noting Polish American Heritage Month.

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