Polish Heritage Society of Rochester

Skalny Welcome Center
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Ave.,
Rochester, NY 14618

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Sister cities dedication

Email RSVP to Michael Leach

Web link: Email RSVP to Michael Leach

Tuesday, June 18, 2024, 2 pm, dedication of a North European Oak and park bench to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the charter of the Krakow, Poland-Rochester sister cities relationship and the role played by William Brodie, Past President of the Rose Society and “Mayor of Polish Town”, in establishing the rose collection. Mayor Malik Evans and others will speak. Polish-style refreshments from Polska Chata will be served. RSVP to Michael.Leach@CityofRochester.gov by Friday, June 14. Location: Maplewood Paek Rose Garden,near the intersection of Lake Avenue and Driving Park Avenue in Rochester, NY. Enter the parking lot from Driving Park Avenue. Rain or shine.

Monroe One BOCES is in need of translators

Monroe One BOCES translators

Web link: Monroe One BOCES translators

Help us help students and families! Monroe One needs language translators and interpreters to assist with the 2023-24 school year and beyond. Click the link above to sign up.

Scholarships / Youth


Wigilia Dinner and Program ... Rochester Polonia ... Community ... Christmas traditions ... Easter traditions ... Polish language ... Kraków-Rochester Sister Cities Committee ... Szopka workshop

The PHSR organizes a variety of programs and activities to celebrate Polish culture such as:

  • Scholarship awards, stipends of $1000 given annually to students of Polish descent to help support their college education
  • Performances of Polish music
  • Exhibits of the work of Polish artists
  • Lectures and presentations
  • Concerts featuring young Polish Americans
  • A traditional Polish Wigilia
  • Contributions toward special projects within Rochester's Polish community
  • Underwriters of the second edition of Kathleen Urbanic's Shoulder to Shoulder: Polish Americans in Rochester, NY, 1890-2000

We are filled with enthusiasm for continuing and expanding our work, anticipating activities such as:

  • An oral history project to preserve the memories and experiences of Rochester Polonia's senior members
  • Restoration of sites that figure in the Polish community's story, such as the sgrafitto of Copernicus at St. John Fisher College and the tombstone of Franciszek Salezy Wolowski at Mt. Hope Cemetery
  • Adding a work created by a polish artist to the permanent collection of the memorial Art Gallery
  • Publicly acknowledging works of art on display in the Rochester area that were created by Polish Americans
  • Expanding our programs for youth
  • Serving as a supportive, unifying force in Rochester's Polish community


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Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
Skalny Welcome Center
St. John Fisher College
3690 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14618