The Polish Heritage Society of Rochester is a nonprofit organization established in 1919. Our mission is the promotion of our rich Polish culture, customs and traditions, and the preservation of the uniqueness of our Polish American legacy. Through public programs, events, and charitable donations, we express our pride in Polish heritage and work to broaden awareness of the contributions made by Polish Americans in the greater Rochester area.

PHSR traces its roots to the Rochester Polish People’s Home, Inc., Polski Dom Ludowy, an organization founded in 1919 by a group of Rochester’s early Polish settlers. These immigrant families dreamed of creating their own gathering place, one free of political or religious pressures, where they could meet in friendship, bring their children, and organize community events.

PHSR preserves and promotes Polish Heritage by producing and sponsoring lectures, presentations, art workshops and exhibits, musical performances, and scholarships for senior high school students, including a new summer program of Polish Language and Culture at Torun University, ‘UMK.’ Our year culminates with Wigilia, the traditional Polish Christmas Dinner. PHSR is a member of: the Kosciuszko Foundation, the Polish American Congress, and the American Council for Polish Culture.


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