Friday, April 16, 2021

Polish History Lecture by Prof. John Radzilowski, May 8, 2021 on Zoom

Link to Video of the Zoom Lecture:

 To celebrate Poland's national holiday in May 2021, the Modjeska Club is pleased to present a Zoom lecture on "Law vs. Justice? Claims to Plundered Art and Cultural Treasures from Poland, East-central Europe, and Beyondby Prof. John Radzilowski, Ph.D., professor of history at University of Alaska Southeast. The lecture will be in English and take place on May 8, 2021 at 7 pm in the evening (Saturday).  Club members and guests will receive an invitation by email. If you would like to be invited, send email to

Prof. Radzilowski holds a Ph.D., 1999, Arizona State University, specializing in Modern U.S. History, Russia/Eastern Europe, and Public History. He also received Certificate in Scholarly Publishing, 1994, from the Arizona State University; and BA, 1989, in History from the Southwest Minnesota State University.

He has taught history, art history and geography at UAS on the Ketchikan campus since 2007. Prior to moving to Alaska, he taught history courses at University of St. Thomas, Hamline University, and Anoka-Ramsey College in Minnesota. He also served as assistant project director at Center for Nations in Transition, at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota where he helped design and administer USAID and State Department-sponsored training programs for business, economics, and political science faculty and NGO leaders in Ukraine and east central Europe. In 2018, As Fulbright Scholar, he gave a series of public lectures to commemorate the centennial of U.S.–Polish diplomatic relations sponsored by the U.S. Embassy, Warsaw, Poland, Cultural Affairs Section. 

Prof. Radzilowski's research and teaching interests are wide-ranging and diverse: immigration and ethnicity, military history, war and genocide, the impact of technology on the history and geography of the Great Plains and Midwest, local and regional studies, and the history of Poland, Russia, Ukraine and central and eastern Europe. In addition to 13 books and numerous edited volumes, Prof. Radzilowski  published 37 research articles in peer-reviewed journals and books; as well as review essays, encyclopedia articles, book reviews, and many other articles. 

Prof. Radzilowski's awards include Mieczysław Haiman Medal for sustained achievement in research, awarded by the Polish American Historical Association; Oskar Halecki Prize for outstanding book or historical monograph, awarded by the Polish American Historical Association for Poles in Minnesota, 2005/06. In 1998 he was awarded Krzyż Kawalerski Orderu Zasługi (Cavalier’s Cross of the Order of Merit) by President of the Republic of Poland. His many research prizes include two Joseph Swastek Prizes for best article in Polish American Studies (1995 and1992); he also received numerous teaching awards. 


  • 2020 Poles in Illinois, co-authored with Ann Gunkel. (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press).
  • 2017 Frantic 7: The American Effort to Aid the Warsaw Uprising and the Origins of the Cold War, co-authored with Jerzy Szcześniak. (Philadelphia & Oxford: Casemate).
  • 2007 Travellers History of Poland (Gloucester, U.K.: Arris Books & Boston: Interlink); second U.S. edition, 2012.
  • 2007 Ukrainians in North America (Philadelphia: Chelsea House/Facts on File). 
  • 2006 Minnesota. On the Road History Series. (Boston: Interlink).
  • 2005 Poles in Minnesota (St. Paul: Minnesota Historical Society Press).
  • 2003 The Eagle and the Cross: A History of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 1873–2000 (New York: Columbia University Press/East European Monographs).
  • 2002 Polish Immigrants, 1890–1920 with Rosemary Wallner. Coming to America Series. (Mankato, Minn.: Blue Earth Books).
  • 1999 Community of Strangers: Change, Turnover, Turbulence and the Transformation of a Midwestern Country Town co-authored with Joseph Amato (Marshall: Crossings Press).
  • 1997 Prairie Town: A History of Marshall, Minnesota, 1872–1997 (Marshall: Lyon County Historical Society).
  • 1996 To Call It Home: The New Immigrants of Southwestern Minnesota, co-authored with Joseph Amato, et al. (Marshall: Crossings Press).
  • 1995 Bells Over the Prairie: 125 Years of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, New Ulm, Minnesota (New Ulm: Cathedral Parish).
  • 1992/95 Out on the Wind: Poles and Danes in Lincoln County, Minnesota, 1880–1905 (Marshall, Minn.: Crossings Press, 2nd edition 1995).


  • 2014 American Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change, 2d rev. ed., editor w/James Ciment (New York: Cengage).
  • 2003 Spanish Carlism and Polish Nationalism: The Borderlands of Europe in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, edited with M. J. Chodakiewicz (New York and Charlottesville: Leopolis Press).
  • 2003 Poland’s Transformation: A Work in Progress, edited with M. J. Chodakiewicz and D. Tołczyk (Charlottesville: Leopolis Press and the Miller Center of Public Affairs, University of Virginia).



Video of Maja Trochimczyk's "Lady with an Ermine" in Paris, 2015

Friday, April 2, 2021

Happy Easter 2021 and Club Update

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We wish everyone health, happiness, prosperity, good cheer, good humor and joy on the occasion of Easter 2021. This holiday is an opportunity for spending time with family and social gatherings, sharing treats and good news. May there be as many of them as possible!

We also extend our belated wishes to those of you who celebrated the Passover last week and to those who are participating in other spring festivals. Not all Poles celebrate Easter.

At the same time, we would like to inform you that the Club elections have been postponed to the next year by the decision of the Past Presidents Council, i.e. the Club's Election Committee, as Edward Piłatowicz, chairman of the Council, writes in the attached letter. The Council asked the current Board of Directors to continue working for another year.

We accepted this challenge; although our work is currently very difficult, especially when programs are presented in the Zoom format. It is much better to meet in person, than to watch the computer screen. Different energy! It is too bad that such hard times have come to pass; but the future of the club must still be built.

Dr Elżbieta Trybus agreed to replace Dr Witold Sokołowski as Vice President, who tragically died in November 2019. To honor his memory, we have left the position of the Vice President vacant all year long. Now it is time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the club. We thank Ela for agreeing to continue working on the board; previously she was our Secretary.

We are planning the celebration of the 50th anniversary for Saturday, October 9, 2021 and we count on organizational and information assistance. Mark your calendars!

We will continue our work with the following Board of Directors: Dr Maja Trochimczyk, President; Dr Elżbieta Trybś, Vice President; Maria Kubal, Treasurer; Barbara Nowicka, Secretary; Ewa Barsam, Social Affairs Director; Chris Justin, Technical Director; and Directors: Beata Czajkowska, Elżbieta Przybyła, Anna Sadowska, and Syl Vès.

Happy Easter!

Maja Trochimczyk, President of the Club

On behalf of the Board of Directors