The exhibition focuses primarily on the early history of the Polish community in the district around the intersection of Milwaukee, Ashland, and Division, as most of the material in the collection regards this original Polish Downtown area. The PMA, which is still located here, stands as a reminder that this is the cradle of Polish culture in Chicago and as a reminder of the area’s former homogenous richness.

This project was funded in part by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.