Polish Town county revives immigration vaunt for arriving fair
August 5, 2014 - storage organizer
The final time a Polish Town Civic Association set adult an vaunt to commend a histories of internal Polish immigrants, a classification used a state extend to sinecure a museum planner to help, pronounced county organizer Irene Pendzick.
The vaunt area initial debuted behind in Aug. 1990, though a museum area of a county organisation domicile was after converted into a storage area after Ms. Pendzick was incompetent to continue a project.
For a 40th Annual Polish Town Fair this month, a classification has motionless to move a vaunt back, and recruited Ms. Pendzick and a few other internal women to reconstruct a little museum.
“It’s been harder than it was a initial time,” Ms. Pendzick admitted. “We have no bill to pronounce of.”
Part of a vaunt is a preference of some-more than 100 aged photographs of Polish immigrants collected by a Riverhead Savings Bank from a late 1800s to early 1900s.
Riverhead’s surging newcomer race combined a area now called Polish Town around that time, with many of a tillage families building St. Isidore’s Roman Catholic Church in 1906. During that time, Ms. Pendzick said, few families could pronounce English good adequate to secure bank loans.
To keep lane of a many immigrants, a English-speaking bankers took photographs of their business and jotted down names for any one — or, during least, a phonetic spelling of a names. Ms. Pendzick pronounced a photos were detected after a bank sealed and was being privileged out.
The collection of photos were piled on a throw heap, she said. The Civic Association has set adult 5 frames organizing a photos for a exhibit.
“We uncover how some bought farms,” she said. “We uncover how some became naturalized Americans citizens.”
The vaunt will also embody a list of distinguished Polish-Americans, both locally and nationally. Small printouts tacked to posterboard fact a accomplishments of locals like Ed Danowski, who went on to play football for a New York Giants, and Dr. Peter Zuhoski, who helped to settle Long Island’s initial Little League.
“I feel it tells such a good story about a organisation of people who don’t have opportunities to tell their stories,” Ms. Pendzick said.
The organisation was tough during work Monday afternoon in a wet corridor where a vaunt is being displayed, powdering a window sills and creation certain a scold papers were prepped for a fair-going crowds.
A crackling CD of Mazowsze, a famous Polish folk band, blared out of an aging boombox set on a list as a women worked. Volunteer Anelia Kobylenski granted a music.
“We’re reorganizing with some of a same people and it’s a smashing project,” Ms. Kobylensi, a daughter of Polish immigrants, said. “We were brought adult to be good Americans, though we never forget what the family left behind.”