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Polanie Club Collection M/A 2000.50.01

Polanie Club Collection M/A 2000.50.01

CreatorPolanie Club. (Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minn.)
Title: Polanie Club Collection
Quantity: 1.0 boxes
Repository: James K. Hosmer Special Collections Library


In October of 1927, twelve young women living in the Twin Cities founded a social club to share their Polish background with each other. They called themselves the Polanie Club, Polanie means "people of the plains". The purpose of the club was to enrich their knowledge of Polish language, music, literature, food, history, art and folklore. The Club became a resource on Polish subjects, furnishing costumes, exhibits, recipes and a library on Polish subjects for the community. Membership was limited to about 30 people. To join, a prospective member must be invited, be of Polish ancestry, show an interest in the study and promotion of Polish culture and have talents to contribute to the club's projects.

Members took turns hosting meetings at their homes, until the 1980s, when meetings were moved to the Polanie Center at 643 Madison Street NE. In the 1930s the Club established classes in the Polish language at the University of Minnesota and in two public high schools. In 1942 the club formed its own publishing company. Over time several books were published, including a book of poetry, cookbooks and sheet music, and short stories. In 1966 the Polanie Club sponsored the Annual Convention of the American Council of Polish Cultural Clubs (now known as the American Council for Polish Culture) at the University of Minnesota in honor of the Polish Millennium with a program of distinguished lecturers on the theme, "Poland through a Thousand Years". The Polanie Club also supported the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota in hosting the 1996 ACPC convention, held in Minneapolis. In 2000 the Polanie Club created a post-secondary scholarship program.

Members included: Rose Polski Anderson, Sophie Armstrong, Eleanora Jolowski Auvinen, Marion Gallus Beamish, Florence J. Brezinksi, Maria Smorczewska Bullis, Helen Busyn, Frances Chorzempa, Theresa Ciecmierowski, Evelyn Cieslak, Josepha Kowalewski Contoski, Marya I. Fafro, Gertrude J. Sokolowski Fitzpatrick, Virginia Fitzsimmons, Florence Wanda Gorczyca, Mary B. Gratzek, Theresa Gratzek, Mary Jane Sokolowski, Gustafson Mrs. Stanely Hawks, Cecily Kowalewska Helgesen, Albina Horsch, Stephanie Hunczak, Florence Gorczyca Huser, Mary C. Ilasz, Victoria Janda, Victoria Janda, Lucille Jasinski, Irene Jasinski, Eleanor Julkowski, Louise Kaniuk, Mary Kasmar, Mary C. Kasz, Mary Katzmarek, Roma Kehne, Frances Koscielniak, Helen Kowalewski, Dorothy Krawczyk, Helen Krawczyk, Monica Krawczyk, Marie Krawczyk, Irene Kukielka, Angela Laska, Agnes Laska, Julie E. Leaon, Dorothy LeCompte, Zofia Kowalska McGinn, Rosemary Moskalik McVay, Harriett Zocharski Multaler, Evelyn Nahurski, Martha Nahurski, Roxanne Nawara, Alin Polzak, Carrie Puzak, Mary Alice Rekucki, Marcella Rosenthal, Alina Semotiuk, Falyce Sadowski Sentyrz, Marie C. Sokolowski, Lt. Kazia Spect, Aurelia Sumeracka, Maria Tromiczak, Roma Tubielewicz Kehne, Mary Katzmarek Volstad, Stephanie Kruszewska Wand, Stella Stylski Welch and Georgette Zakes.

Description of the Collection

One box. Collection consists of newspaper clipping concerning the Polanie Club, a history of the club, and the club's annual programs spanning 1927-1962.

Related Material

See also at the Minneapolis Central Library:


Treasured Polish Christmas customs and traditions, carols, decorations, and a Christmas play. Minneapolis : Polanie Pub. Co., [1972] GT4987.68.P7T74

Treasured Polish recipes for Americans, illus. by Stanley Legun,cover design by Marya Werten.... Minneapolis, Polanie Pub. Co. [c1948] TX725.P7

Treasured Polish songs, with English translations. Selected and edited by Josepha K. Contoski. Minneapolis, Polanie Pub. Co. [c1953] M1755.3.T73

Music Scores

Art songs and ballads from Treasured Polish songs : with English translations / [Josepha Contoski, editor]. Minneapolis : Polanie Pub. Co., [1956]. M1755.3.A77

Favorite songs from Treasured Polish songs : with English translations / illustrations by Marya Werten. [Joseph Contoski, editor].... Minneapolis : Polanie Pub. Co., 1960. M1755.3.F38

Piesni ludowe. Minneapolis, Mn., [s.n.] 1942. M1627.K6

Sheet Music

Christmas carols from Treasured Polish songs : with English translations. Minneapolis : Polanie Pub. Co., [195-?] M2065.C465

Subject Headings


Polish Americans--Minnesota--Minneapolis--Societies, etc.
Polish Americans--Minnesota--Saint Paul--Societies, etc.
Polish Americans--Minnesota--Societies, etc.

Table of Contents

Reprint of magazine article 1977 -- Box 1, Folder 1
Newspaper clippings 1939-1993 -- Box 1, Folder 2
Annual Programs (incomplete) 1927-1962 -- Box 1, Folder 3

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