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John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.

October is Polish American Heritage Month

A National Celebration of Polish History, Culture, and Pride in Cooperation with the Polish American Congress and Polonia across America.

The theme of this year's celebration is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Polish settlers in Jamestown, Virginia, on October 1, 1608.  Polish Americans can be proud  that Poles have been a part of the history of this nation, all the way from the beginning. The first British settlers had arrived in Jamestown in 1607 and a year later the best craftsmen from across Europe were invited by the British to come and work in the colony. Poles were well known for their skills, such as glass-blowing, candle-making, soap-making, and tanning, and that's what they were asked to do in Jamestown. The very first goods exported from America were glass products handcrafted by Polish workers!

The Polish American Congress is planning an obervance in Jamestown on October 1, 2008. Representatives of both the U.S. and Polish governments as well as Labor Union representatives are expected to attend this event, which will include a wreath-laying ceremony at the remains of the original glasshouse, placement of a commemorative plaque at the historic Jamestown site, and indoor ceremonies with prominent speakers, musical selections provided by the Polish Singers Alliance of America, and a concluding reception.

For more information about the Jamestown observance, please visit:

To read the full story of the first Polish settlers in America, please visit:

All of this information has come from GLOS POLEK, the newsletter of the Polish Women's Alliance of America. I thought that people might be interested in these facts. The Polish Center of Milwaukee, located near S. 68th Street and W. Rawson Avenue in Franklin, Wisconsin, 53132, will be having various activities concerning Polish Heritage Month at the center. Please contact the Polish Center for details of these events.

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