Defining the Polish
Legacy in Nebraska and
the world
The Polish Heritage Center was incorporated in 1997 in an effort to
preserve the ancestral language, culture and traditions of one of the
most significant immigrant groups to settle in Nebraska.  The small
village of Ashton, where the Center is located was part of a unique
planned community for early Polish immigrants. The Polish Roman
Catholic Union of America established Polish Colonies throughout
the United States. Central Nebraska was one of their successful
Since the late 1800's, communities such as Farwell, Ashton, Paplin
and Loup City have been the epicenter from which their descendants
have spread out across the nation.  Still, the area remains as having
the highest concentration of  Polish ethnicity in the nation. In their
establishment of a Polish Heritage center, both current and former
residents join in their efforts to preserve the culture of their origin.

Both geographically and culturally many of these
descendants have seen weakening in their links to
their past.  The Center began as an initiative to
re-educate both young and old in an effort to
maintain a proud heritage.  The Center is repository
of cultural artifacts such as irreplaceable books,
music and local genealogical records.  It houses early
photographs and art.  It provides a meeting place to
support the accomplishment of educational goals and

We invite you to visit the center's museum, which offers
unique displays and relics of the past.  As well, the Center
offers a glimpse into the emerging role of today's Poland.  
Cultural heritage is a living and ever-changing thing.  It is
more than a time-worn snapshot of and earlier period.  The
cultural threads which are embedded in early examples of
folk art and music, are today reflected in monumental
changes in the Polish Homeland.  One of the educational
goals of the Center is to update and transform popular
stereotypes into a broader understanding of the modern
Polish homeland and culture.  Your membership and
donations will help achieve these goals.
Polish Heritage Center
P.O. Box 3    226 Carlton Ave.
Ashton, Nebraska 68817
E-mail us  Contact Persons:
Judy Welniakk, President   402-631-9660
Mike SpotanskiVice President
Judene Jakubowski, Secretary
Vigrinia Pokorski Treasurer
Phyllis Piechota Museum tours @ gift shop

The center is located in Ashton NE. It houses a
headquarters office, museum, library, a genealogical
collection, meeting rooms and a gift shop. The building
itself is the renovated, former convent of the St Francis
Catholic Church.

Directions: From the Grand Island/Highway 281
exit of Interstate 80, proceed North 28 miles to the
town of St. Paul. At St. Paul, head west on Highway
92 for 18 miles.

Hours: The center is open to the public from
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM each Sunday and during the week
by appointment only. Please call (308) 738-2260 for
Admission:  $3.00.  Free to members. (Call for
membership information)   
Your Membership is gateway to
special events throughout the
season offer the rich tastes of a
proud past including:
Polish Fest traditional music, food and fun 2nd
Sunday of September.  

Memorial  Polka Mass for the community's
departed held in during Polishfest.

Christmas Wigilia Observance  in December,  St.
Francis Parish Hall Ashton

Artistic, musical and educational events
presented throughout the year

Quarterly Newsletters and updates of the Center's

Free access to the museum, its library and
geneological records.
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Join us now in Preserving and
celebrating our Polish Heritage
The Polish Heritage Center is and outgrowth of ideas
initially put forth during the 1989 Ashton Centennial.  
Elaine Dart, a former Ashton resident, followed up on
the notion and spearheaded the long process of
bringing the Center into reality.  Through generous
donations from Dr. Phillip and Ruth Maschka, the St.
Francis convent was purchased in March of 2000.  
During the Grand Opening of the Center's permanent
home, visitors from ten states and Canada
participated in the festivities.
The Polish Heritage Center Inc.
Ashton,Nebraska  Nebraska's ONLY
Polish Center
Polish Home Omaha, Nebraska
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Growing response to the PHC building
fund $100,000 pleadge drive. Earmarked
cash and pledges are well over $10,000! .

Mail in your pledge form today. With your
help the new center addition will become
a reality.Polish Heritage Center Capitol
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In this delightful ethnic book "Celebrate Easter n. Polish Style",
Lawrence G Kozlowski has gathered together a wealth of treasured
Polish Eastertide practices gathered from the cities and countrysides
of Poland and Polish-American communities and parishes.
With early Slavonic origins as a backdrop, "Celebrate Easter ...Polish
Style" takes the reader on a remarkable realistic six week journey
throughout festive celebration of Fat Tuesday, the fasting of Great
Lent, culminating in a majestic Easter Sunday filled with grandeur,
glory, radiance and splendor unequalled at any time or place in
For those familiar with Polish Lenten and Easter customs and still
observe them, "Celebrate Easter Polish Style" explores each custom,
ritual and practice with origins, folklore, recipes, and craft
instructions, It is guaranteed to awaken the memories of the time
when their observance filled the heart with indescribable piety,
childlike awe and great joy. For those not familiar with Polish Lenten
and Easter customs, "Celebrate Easter no Polish Style"is an
opportunity to become acquainted or to reestablish the time honored
LentenlEaster traditions of one's ancestors. "Celebrate Easter..Polish
Style" provides a wealth of charming illustrations, easy to follow folk
craft instructions and some of the most
delicious recipes to celebrate the best holiday ever. Included to make
this book a family treasure, a section dedicated to one's own family
tree, treasured family Easter traditions and favorite family recipes to
personalize this book for future generations.
Mr. Kozlowski is a past recipient the Oskar Kolberg Folklore Award
from the Polish Ministry of Culture for his achievements in the fields
of Polish folklore and ethnography outside the country of Poland,
including over 5 folkloric books covering Easter egg decorating,
Polish paper cutting, Polish Christmas ornaments and Polish-
American palm weaving. The former director of the famed "Alliance
College Kujawiaki" continues to perpetuate the rich folklore and
folkarts of the Polish people with workshops, seminars, exhibits,
demonstrations and classes at fair, festivals in the Polish-American
"Celebrate Easter Polish Style", a 33 page spiral bound book
includes chapters: A Time to Rejoice, Fat Tuesday, Great Lent, Palm
Sunday, Holy Week, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday,
Easter Sunday, Dousing Monday, Ascension Thursday, Our Family,
Our Family Traditions and Our Family Recipes.  Order your copy now
through Ashton’s Polish Heritage Center by calling 308 – 738 – 2249.
Or visit the centers gift shop.
through the
Center by
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