from central and eastern Europe brought with them the
lively music and dance of the polka and passed it on
to their American-born descendants. Polka is enjoyed
today in dance halls, at wedding receptions, and even
at special Catholic polka masses throughout Wisconsin.
Pulaski, Wisconsin boasts more bands
per capita than even Nashville, and almost all of
them are polka bands. New generations of musicians
in Pulaski learn and develop their own polka music,
ensuring that polka is a vital, evolving tradition.
The Wisconsin Legislature recognized polka's significance
when it declared the polka the official state dance
album, Cuca Record, 1966.
Music Library, University of Wisconsin