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Book Traces Wisconsin's Polish Legacy

The J.J. Hof Land Company's branch office in Sobieski was opened by the Milwaukee company to draw more Polish settlers to the area
WHI 87500

The newest addition to the Wisconsin Historical Society Press' People of Wisconsin series, 'Poles in Wisconsin' traces the history of Polish immigrants as they settled in America's northern heartland. Wisconsin's 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.

The cover of "Poles in Wisconsin"

Author Susan Gibson Mikoś details how Polish immigrants and their culture impacted each locale — and the state — with a hunger to own land, a willingness to work hard and a passion for building churches. "Mikoś tells the story of Polish Wisconsin in significant detail, from its folkways to its fraternal groups," summarized renowned Milwaukee historian John Gurda, who wrote the book's foreword.

The book includes a first-person memoir from Polish immigrant Maciej Wojda, translated for the first time into English, as well as historical photographs of Polish settlements around our state.

About the Author

Susan Gibson Mikoś is a historic preservation consultant who lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Her other books include "Kresy," a volume of photographs taken by geographer Louise Arner Boyd in the eastern borderlands of Poland in 1934. Over the past 30 years, Mikoś has been active in several Polish cultural organizations, including the Polish Center of Wisconsin and Polanki, the Polish Women's Cultural Club of Milwaukee.

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:: Posted August 23, 2012

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