About Us

LEADERSHIP

  • President
  • Marilyn Wlazewski
  • Vice President
  • Sandra Hummel
  • Secretary
  • Toni Wade
  • Treasurer
  • Mary Ann Becker

HISTORY

The Polish American Heritage Association of Berks County (PAHABC) was founded in 1992.

Since its inception, PAHABC has sponsored and participated events designed to spotlight Polish culture, traditions and heritage. We also have brought recognition to the accomplishment of people of Polish descent.

These included an ethnic artifacts exhibit at the Reading Public Museum and Ethnic Diversity of Berks County, at the Historical Society of Berks County, now known as the Berks History Center.

Over the years the organization has sponsored numerous polka dances. We have designed floats with Polish-American themes for parades in Berks as well as surrounding counties.

In 2007, PAHABC coordinated the presentation of the movie “It’s Happiness,” a polka documentary, and offered a workshop on a SZOPKA, a Polish puppet theater, at the Google Works Center for the Arts.

The establishment of the annual Wigilia dinner has been well received by members and non-members.

In 2008, our website was established, and in 2009 our first Polish Open Golf Tournament was held.

The sale of two historic Polish-American clubs, the Knights of St. Casimir and the Polish Falcons, Nest 55, both founded by the Polish immigrants who settled on the south side of Reading, gave impetus to establishment of the Polish-American Cultural Center at the GoogeWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Suite 509, Reading In 2005, PAHABC and the Berks Country Polish-American Board of Education joined together to create the Center in order to preserve artifacts associated with the history of the people of Polish descent.