Posts Tagged ‘polish immigrants’

“Polonia in Cleveland and the Journey of Julian Stanczak”

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 PM
Western Reserve Historical Society


As part of the series of events celebrating the life and work of Julian Stanczak, a panel discussion on Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community will be held at Western Reserve Historical Society on Wednesday, March 19th, from 2 to 4 pm. Participating in the discussion will be Gene Bak, Mary Erdmans, John Grabowski, and Sean Martin. This panel discussion will examine the long history of Cleveland’s Polish immigrant community, with particular emphasis on the post-war migration of individuals like Julian Stanczak who came to play major roles in art and culture within and outside of that community. This is a free event. For more information on Stanczak, including details of current exhibitions, see


Waterfalls and Urban History

Sunday, February 2nd, 2003

Slavic Village residents have a new way to learn more about their community and the contributions of Polish immigrants to Cleveland.  The Mill Creek Falls Neighborhood History Center opened at 8404 Webb Terrace in October.  Visitors have come by to visit even during the coldest days of winter, but staff members are looking forward to the Center’s first spring and summer.  The History Center is located just steps away from the new Cleveland Metroparks overlook, from which one can see Cuyahoga County’s 48-foot waterfall.

Mill Creek Falls provided the power for the area’s first grist and saw mills, paving the way for the development of industry in the region.  With the help of Cleveland Metroparks and area businesses and residents, the Falls have become accessible to residents once again.  Joan Brilla generously donated her nearby home to be used for educational purposes and, with the organizational efforts led by Bobbi Reichtell of Slavic Village Development and the Slavic Village Historical Society, local residents, many with Polish backgrounds, planned the renovation of the home and the Center’s exhibits.