Poland Celebrates the Sesquicentennial of U.S. Independence, 1926: Part II

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. Part I described the events in Poland to celebrate the sesquicentennial of American independence, which included the preparation of over 100 volumes of greetings from the people of Poland. Once the celebrations ended, the … Continue reading Poland Celebrates the Sesquicentennial of U.S. Independence, 1926: Part II

Poland Celebrates the Sesquicentennial of U.S. Independence, 1926: Part I

Today’s post is written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. In 1926, the United States marked the sesquicentennial of the signing of the Declaration of Independence with a major celebration. Surprisingly, so, too, did Poland. That country itself had regained its independence only in … Continue reading Poland Celebrates the Sesquicentennial of U.S. Independence, 1926: Part I

The Approach of World War II: A View from the U.S. Embassy in Poland

Today’s post was written by David Langbart, an Archivist in the Textual Records Division at the National Archives at College Park. The Textual Records Division is in the midst of a large-scale project to identify and refile a large volume of "orphan" records. These are documents and files that have become separated from their proper … Continue reading The Approach of World War II: A View from the U.S. Embassy in Poland

Remembering Dave Brubeck

Jazz great Dave Brubeck died on December 5, one day short of his 92nd birthday.  Since then, there have been many retrospectives – in print, on television, on radio, and on line.  Almost all of those remembrances mention the goodwill tour of Poland and the Far East that Brubeck and his quartet made in 1958 … Continue reading Remembering Dave Brubeck

One Village in Five Countries

In her 2005 study Drawing The Line: Nature, Hybridity and Politics in Transboundary Spaces, geographer Juliet Fall recounts a parable from a tumultuous corner of Europe: “A local tale told of a man who was born in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, christened in Czechoslovakia, married in Hungary, had his first child in the USSR, and died … Continue reading One Village in Five Countries

Little Poland en la hacienda

Polish refugees perform an Easter pageant in the Mexican sunshine. From 1943 to 1946, Colonia Santa Rosa in Guanajuato, Mexico was the site of a US-government sponsored home for Polish refugees. About 240 miles northwest of Mexico City and "10 minutes' ride by mule-drawn tram from the Leon railway station," the hacienda included a 39-room ranch … Continue reading Little Poland en la hacienda