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Polonia: Western New York's Polish-American Legacy
Narrated by Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and Buffalo native Christine Baranski, POLONIA: WESTERN NEW YORK’S POLISH-AMERICAN LEGACY makes its broadcast premiere on WNED. Over one year in the making, this epic documentary details the history and cultural richness of Western New York's Polish-American community.

Today, one in every three Erie County residents is of Polish descent. Using vintage and original footage, historical photos, memorabilia, and personal recollections, this WNED-TV production traces the evolution of this compelling immigrant success story from 1873 to present day. It highlights the rich traditions, strong faith, and profound community impact of a powerful heritage that continues to imprint life in Western New York.
Taping Rights:
One Year from Each Broadcast
90 minutes
Curriculum Enrichment Ideas:
Family Activities:
Student Activities:
  • Count Backwards from 20 in Polish
    This online connect-the-dots game lets young students count backwards in Polish, and listen to the pronunciation of each number.
  • A Kid's Life in Poland
    This ThinkQuest site features an essay describing the life of a 9-year-old living in Poland.
Related Resources:
  • Polish American Journal
    Features of the journal include news and current events, an online reference library, and an extensive list of links organized by topics of interest.
  • Polish American Journal - Holidays
    Learn about Polish holiday traditions, from contributors to the Polish American Journal.
  • Polish American Journal - Recipes
    Recipes are provided by Robert Strybel, the Polish American Journal's Polish Chef.
  • Polish Geneology
    These Polish geneology links are provided by the Polish American Association.
  • PolishRoots
    This Polish geneology source includes a subject directory, covering a wide variety of topics.
  • Pulaski Day Parade
    Learn about New York City's annual Pulaski Day Parade.
  • NPR - Dyngus Day
    Listen to a 2003 All Things Considered broadcast about Dyngus Day celebrations in Buffalo.
  • BBC Languages - Polish
    View and listen to key Polish phrases online, with English Translations.
  • Polonia of the Eastern Great Lakes
    Find Polish-American and Polish-Canadian events and resources for Western and Central New York, Southern Ontario and Northwestern Pennsylvania.
  • Polish News
    This online news resource is available in Polish and English.
  • The Kosciuszko Foundation
    The Kosciuszko Foundation is dedicated to promoting educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increasing American understanding of Polish culture and history.
  • Polish Museum of America
    Located in the heart of the first Polish neighborhood in Chicago, the museum promotes the knowledge of Polish history and culture, especially Polish and Polish-American art in its paintings, sculptures, drawings and lithographs by well-known artists.
Local Resources:
Oishei Foundation
Corporation for Public Broadcasting