Books, Articles and Websites about Polish Culture


Polish Touches: Recipes and Traditions – Polish Americans Coast to Coast, 2nd edition
Edited by Jacek Nowakowski and Joan Liffring-Zug Bourret
Revised 2011

They Chose Minnesota: A Survey of the State’s Ethnic Groups
Minnesota Historical Society
Edited by June Drenning Holmquist
Reprinted in 2004
(Polish section is pages 362-380)

Polish Customs, Traditions, and Folklore
Sophie Hodorowicz Knab


Polish Women’s Alliance of America
Links about Polish Traditions
Article about Polish Noblemen’s clothing.

Polish Genealogical Society of America
Links to articles about Polish traditions and holidays

PGS-MN Newsletter Articles

Below are articles related to Polish Culture, which were printed in past issues of the PGS-MN Newsletter. Once you are in the newsletter issue, you will need to scroll down to the page indicated.

Newsletterpagetitle and author
Summer 200323Godparents: Is There Genealogical Relevance?
by John Rys
Summer 20117Correlating Polish Surnames with Small Polish Settlements Names
by John Rys
Fall 201418A Polish Wedding, from the Winona Daily Republican, November 21, 1885
Submitted by Peggy Larson
Fall 20156Smaczne Jablka (Apple Day) Festival
by Dan Schyma
Fall 20158First Names Given to Polish Children at the Turn of the 20th Century
by John Rys
Winter 201511Baptismal Practices for Polish Children in Poland and in the U.S.
by John Rys
Spring 201611Popular Months and Weekdays for Minneapolis Polish Weddings
by John Rys
Winter 20188Marriage and Wedding Customs
by A. Juncewisz
Spring 20193Death Customs and Funeral Home Records
by Jonathan Shea and Diane B. Szepanski, reprinted from Pathways and Passages
Spring 20195Traditional Polish Easter Basket
Spring 20198The Polish Peasant
by Charles Phillips
Spring 20204The Trouble with Polish Surnames
Reprinted from FamilySearch
Winter 20209Unique Three Letter Surname
by John Rys
Spring 20228The Spring Folk Tradition of Drowning Marzanna
by Nicole Foss
Summer 20225Polish Roadside Shrines
by Nadine Guilbault
Fall 202210Untangling the Polish Plait
by Nicole Foss

Other Articles

Polish Funeral Customs