From the early 1800’s to the beginning of World War II, approximately five million Polish immigrants came to the United States. Some left to escape military conscription, others left to seek better opportunities in America, and some fled from religious persecution. Many wound up in Massachusetts, finding work at the mills in Chicopee, Ludlow and Indian Orchard.
As a way of celebrating Polish Heritage in western Massachusetts, The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning in Chicopee partnered with The Springfield Republican on the latest edition of Heritage Books entitled “Polish Heritage, a History of a Proud Community in Western Massachusetts”. The book is co-authored by Joe Carvalho and The Republican’s Executive Editor Wayne Phaneuf, and at 448 pages it is the largest book in the Heritage series.