The Polish Community of Gary

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The Polish Community of Gary is a vibrantly illustrated tale of the history of the Midwest's Steel City and its Polish-Catholic residents. It reveals the journey of hopeful and hard-working Polish immigrants who arrived in the early 1900s, established an ethnic community, and adapted to the American way of life. This fascinating photographic compilation of almost 200 images features various past and present residents of Gary. It examines the city's diverse ethnic groups and religious denominations, offering a glimpse of a life very different from that of today. Along with detailed captions, The Polish Community of Gary offers the rare chance to experience the history of Polish Gary, bringing its exciting past alive again. Author John Trafny traces the story of past trials, tribulations, and triumphs with skill, compassion, and an insider's eye.
ISBN: 9780738508382
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Indiana
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Mr. Trafny is a life-long resident of Gary, Indiana, and a member of St. Hedwig's Parish. Since 1984 he has taught history at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond, Indiana. Currently a guest lecturer at Purdue University, he teaches an introductory course in American history. Anyone with an interest in ethnic, industrial, urban, and church history will find John Trafny's splendidly illustrated memoir of the Polish community of Gary, Indiana, a fine read.
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