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January 29, 2012

NEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT  from Tatra Eagle Press   February 2012


Collected Essays from “The Tatra Eagle”

Thaddeus V. Gromada

ISBN 978-0-9849187-06        LCCN 2011944986    

The sixty-fifth anniversary of The Tatra Eagle is what prompted the compilation of this book, Tatra Highlander Folk Culture in Poland and America.  It contains a collection of essays that appeared  over the span of more than half century in this unique quarterly  publication devoted to the folk culture of the Tatra Mountain region in Poland and to the Tatra highlanders (górale) who brought this culture to America in the late 19 century and early 20th century.  The essays were authored by Thaddeus V. Gromada, who founded and co-edits this periodical with his sister Jane Gromada Kedron.  He was smitten by the folk culture of his immigrant  parents Jan and Aniela Gromada that has had a significant impact on the “high” culture of  Poland.   His essays  were designed to spread the “good news” of the richness  of this folk culture not only to persons of Polish góral origin  but to all people  interested in cultural pluralism  and in getting a new and refreshing perspective on Polish culture.

The essays in the book are divided into five parts: a. Introduction b. Podhale, Poland’s “Mystical Altar”, c.  Górale and American Polonia, d.  The Gromada Family and Góral Folk Culture in America, and e. Profiles of Eminent Personalities.




A sentimental and illuminating collection of insights about a unique mountain region of Poland which pulsates with invigorating mountain air, native patriotism, regional culture, distinctive traditions, and physical beauty characteristic both of its landscape and of its people.  Engaging to read, educational to absorb, it is the product of genuine scholarship and personal affection on the part of its editor, a distinguished Polish-American educator with deep family roots in the Tatra Highlands.”

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center of Strategic and International Studies.  National Security Advisor under President Carter


There are many reasons to read this book.  Part family memoir, part the story of a diasporic community, and part a history of USA and Polish relations, , Tatra Highlander Folk Culture in Poland and America, is first and foremost a story about human struggles and triumphs.  Drawing  from sixty-five years  of  the quarterly ,The Tatra Eagle, this book is a singular accomplishment that captures the story of the górale, the people from the Polish Tatra Mountains, the beautiful alpine region in the south of Poland on the border with Slovakia.  I personally have found  the book to be an invaluable source of information about Central Europe and ultimately about the many diasporic communities that are so vital to the USA.  This collection in a single volume of Gromada’s best articles is a real treasure.”

Timothy J. Cooley, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Santa Barbara


About the Author


Thaddeus V. Gromada received his Ph.D. in East Central European History at Fordham University. He is Professor Emeritus of European History at New Jersey City University.  He served as Executive Director of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America from 1991 to 2011 and its President from 2008 to 2011.  Member of the Editorial Board of The Polish Review;  editor and contributor of several books and author of many articles  in scholarly journals dealing with Polish-Czech-Slovak relations, Immigration and Ethnic History and Polish Tatra folk culture.  He is founder and co-edtor  with his sister Jane Gromada Kedron of the quarterly, The Tatra Eagle (Tatrzański Orzeł).  Elected honorary member of the Związek Podhalan  (Highlanders Alliance) in Poland as well as in America.  In 2000 he received the Commander’s Cross of Merit from the President of Poland.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Franciszek Jakob Stanislaw Kowalczyk permalink
    April 29, 2013 7:42 pm


    My name is Francis Kowalczyk. My father was Jacob Kowalczyk and, from a manifest list our daughter sent me from a genealogy service, my father’s name is above that of your father, Jan Gromada. It dated their embarcation on November 26, 1927 from Southampton on the Aquitania.

    I was never aware of this fact, but my father’s immigration to the USA correlates with his naturalization papers of 1933. I remember the names Gromada and Pudzisz from St. Joseph Church which our family attended.

    This excursion into my family history, long-delayed, got me to your book on the goral culture. I was never aware that there is a different Polish dialect in the Tatra region. But the book reminded me of my father and his membership in the goral dance group, his ciupaga and the Polish culture I grew up with before I “left the fold” to be Americanized.

    Your book called to mind many memories, including the language, mostly long-forgotten from non-use. Perhaps a subscription to the Tatra Eagle will foster this.

    • April 29, 2013 9:08 pm

      I was delighted to get your comment about my book and about the fact that both your father and mine, came to the United States on the same ship and at the same time. Isn’t incredible. I am sure that your parents must have known my parents. Wasn’t your father from the village of Gronków, the same village where my mother grew up. So you are a descendant of Polish Tatra Highlanders as I am. We have a lot to be proud of . The folk culture of the górale is very rich and has had an impact on Poland’s high culture. I shall be glad to send you a sample copies of The Tatra Eagle and hopefully you will be a subscriber. Just e mail me your mailing address. Best regardx.

      Tad Gromada

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