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November 6, 2012

tadgromada

KOPERNIK MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL NEW YORK ; 40th ANNIVERARY  ‘GALA CELEBRATION’ held at Dorothy Smith Center, Utica , New York on November 3, 2012  (Remarks delivered by Dr. Thaddeus V. Gromada, Professor Emeritus of European History, New Jersey City University at this event . Following his address he received the Distinguished Polonian Award from the Kopernik Association.)

First, let me highly  commend you for the important work that you have done in the past 40 years. In my mind there is nothing more important than promoting culture, in your case  specifically  advancing and promoting Polish culture to mainstream American society which is essentially a pluralistic society.  Thus you are enriching American society and at the same time making sure that you as Americans of Polish ancestry do not lose your precious Polish cultural heritage.  It seems that Polish Americans are too often in a defensive posture spending a…

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