At PolCA, we have a historical exhibit that will truly enlighten you about the American-Polish connection. Polish Americans have been an integral part of American society since 1608. In California, the first Polish Society was established in 1863 by a well-organized Polish group living in San Francisco who raised funds to support Poland’s struggle to regain her freedom. On May 22, 1863, the Mayor of San Francisco chaired the first Grand Mass Meeting in favor of Polish Freedom and Nationality. The enthusiastic support of many prominent members of the California State Senate, Assembly, and Civic Leaders aided Poland’s fight for independence.
Since that time, Polish immigrants have helped shape the Bay Area. From writing the most important guide about the gold regions to developing the first map of San Francisco in 1849, to drawing up the first railroad map of California and Nevada, Polish Americans have played an integral part of the California’s growth and development.
In celebration of these historical contributions, Poland’s rich culture, and its 1050-year past, you can spend time learning about Polish history and our in-depth Polish exhibits.