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A Polish Odyssey: The 13-year journey of one Polish immigrant family to Holyoke Text Size

Event takes place on February 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM
Holyoke Public Library, 250 Chestnut Street, Holyoke

Holyoke has always been home to immigrants who came to work in the mills and find new and better lives.  Sara Campbell will tell the story of the Rzewskis and the travails they endured as they tried to reunite the entire family in their new home in Holyoke. Their journeys were documented with ship manifests, letters, census records, and other documents that show how history interrupted their migration. The story includes conscription into the Russian army, children nearly being scattered from their village during WWI, and crossing the Pacific to find an injured soldier deep in Russian territory. Not a romantic love story, but a love story nonetheless.
We will hear the story of this courageous family and review the process of reconstructing their odyssey through family and archival documents. Sara and a Rzewski family researcher will be on hand after the talk to discuss their research.
Sara Campbell has been researching her own family since 1990 and has presented a variety of topics in family history at HCC, GCC, the Polish Genealogical Society of Mass, the Western Mass Genealogical Society and the Massachusetts Society of Genealogists.

Free and open to the public.
For more information, call the Holyoke History Room at 413-420-8107.


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