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American values are similar to the Poles' values - hard work, religious beliefs and saving for the future

American values are similar to the Poles' values - hard work, religious beliefs and saving for the future

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This in from The Republican:

"Polish people wanted a better life, and they found it when they started moving to Western Massachusetts more than a century ago. Some farmed the fertile Connecticut River Valley, while others toiled at textile mills up to 55 hours a week, all working toward the same American dream."

"They began arriving in the late 1880s, the majority coming to Chicopee from the poor Galicia region in southern Poland, controlled by Austria."

"Today, in the three-county area, Chicopee still has the largest number of people reporting Polish as their first ancestry - 10,224, according to the 2000 census. Other communities with large Polish populations are Springfield, 6,730; Westfield, 4,848; Holyoke, 3,310; Ludlow, 2,887; Northampton, 2,579; Agawam, 2,434; and Palmer, 2,363."

"The largest movement of Poles came between 1904 and 1911, Jendrysik said. From 1870 to 1914, about 850,000 men, women and children of Polish descent emigrated to the United States, according to 'Springfield's Ethnic Heritage.'"

For more, here

In USA - Polish Center for Discovery and Learning at Elms College

Most people associate Chicago or NYC with Polish communities...but here is one of the first and vibrant as any, in Massachusetts.

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