Cultural Workshops
Poland has a rich and interesting history. Through displays and workshops in the Library, we hope you will be able to learn a little more about our art, history and culture.

12:00 PM The Many Faces of Pierogi - Presented by Chef Tad Siembida,
The heart of our Polska Kuchnia cooking classes will teach you the fine art of making our most popular with a live pierogi-making demonstration. Considered to be the Polish national dish, what was once a traditional peasant food has seen a resurgence and is served in a variety of forms and tastes. Learn how to do it yourself!

1:00 PM Starting up the Family Tree -
Presented by Frank Kishel
Always wanted
to get to know more about your family's history but didn't know where to begin? This is the class for you! This family historian will take you through the steps he used to research his family tree for many years. This workshop will discuss where to begin your genealogy research with an emphasis on locating documents and filing appropriate request forms.

2:00 PM Creating a Family Pilgrimage to Poland - Presented by Basia Gdula Adams
Tired of hearing their American relatives speak longingly about the country of their grandparents, Basia Gdula and Kevin Adams took action. The oft-traveled couple secured the services of a travel agent and customized a tour to their family’s personal homeland. Learn about how they reunited this wide-spread family, the resulting relationships and get inspired to do your own once-in-a-lifetime trip!

3:00 PM Say it in Polish - Presented by Stanley Gerchak
Want to be able to greet your Babcia in her native language or just make conversation at Polish Happy Hour? During the 30-minute workshop one of PolishYoungstown’s Beginner Polish Class teachers will teach simple greetings and introductions, as well as learn the words to Sto Lat, (One Hundred Years) the traditional Polish song sung to express good wishes, good health and long life to a person. Afterward there will be a big group sing-a-long of the song in the main hall!

4:00 PM Travel by Teaching - Presented by Mitch Bienia & Syuzanne Williams
Generations after your family member immigrates to America, the stories of Poland can get faded, enhanced or forgotten. This workshop will give you the perspectives of a 40+ time Poland traveler and a view from a soon-to-be traveler. Come hear how this trip can be orchestrated and why it can be transformative for their family and as individuals.

5:00 PM The Traditions of the Polish Village - Presented by Lawrence Kozlowski
Noted folklorist and author Lawrence Kozlowski has gathered a wealth of treasured Polish folk crafts practices from Poles and Polish-American communities. Learn about the traditions behind some of your Grandmother’s holiday traditions of cooking, baking and crafting.


Polish Folk Art Workshop -
Presented by Lawrence Kozlowski
Join us for this FREE hands-on
craft workshop area will afford participants the chance to make their own colorful pieces associated with the four seasons and the holiday celebrations, such as pisanki, wax-decorated eggs and wycinanki, decorative paper cutting