|Awards of the Polish American Historical Association
Amicus Poloniae Award -
Creative Arts Prize -
Distinguished Service Award -
Graduate Student Paper Award -
Miecislaus Haiman Award -
Honorary Membership -
Kulczycki Prize (Books) -
Skalny Civic Achievement Award -
Swastek Prize (Best Article)
OSKAR HALECKI PRIZE
Established in 1981, the Oskar Halecki Prize is given annually by the
Polish American Historical Association. This Prize recognizes an
important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United
States and commemorates Oskar Halecki (1891-1973), a Polish historian, writer, and social and Catholic activist.
Dr. Halecki was a graduate of Jagiellonian University (1914), who also studied in Vienna and taught at Jagiellonian University,
Warsaw University, Fordham
University and Columbia University. He was a member of Polska Akademia
Umiejetnosci and a co-founder of PIASA in 1942 (he also served as its Executive Director and President). As a historian, Halecki
was an expert on medieval history of Poland and Lithuania, and history of Byzantine
Empire, author of Borderlands of Western Civilization: A History of East Central Europe, Jadwiga of Anjou and the Rise of East
Central Europe (with
Thaddeus Gromada), and The History of Poland. He received honorary
doctorates from: the University of Lyon, University of Montreal, De Paul
University and Fordham University.
HALECKI PRIZE WINNERS
2016 -The 2016 Halecki Prize was awarded to Prof. Mieczysław B. Biskupski, for his book The Most Dangerous German Agent in America (NIU Press, 2015).
2015 - Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann and Theodore Zawistowski, Letters from Readers in the Polish American Press, 1902-1969: A Corner for Everybody.
The 2014 Halecki Prize was presented to Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann and Theodore Zawistowski, for Letters from Readers in the
Polish American Press, 1902-1969: A Corner for Everybody. This is a unique collection of close to five hundred letters from
Polish American readers, which were published in the Polish-language weekly Ameryka-Echo between 1902 and 1969. In these letters,
Polish immigrants speak in their own words about their American experience, and vigorously debate religion, organization of their community,
ethnic identity, American politics and society, and ties to the homeland. The translated letters are annotated and divided into thematic
chapters with informative introductions. The Ameryka-Echo letters are a rich source of information on the history of Polish Americans,
which can serve as primary sources for students and scholars. They also provide a new, fascinating, and lively look into the passions
and experiences of individuals who created the larger American historical experience.
2014 - Anna Mazurkiewicz, ed., East Central Europe in Exile, vols. 1-2: Transatlantic Migrations, and Transatlantic
Identities (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013).
This outstanding two-volume work, published under the general editorship
and direction of Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz of the University of Gdansk, takes
up an extremely significant area of research in the broad field of Polish
American studies, namely the experience of emigration and resettlement in
a new homeland. The product of a recent academic conference held in
Poland, these books include contributions by thirty-eight scholars from
North America and Europe. Their contributions have a broadly comparative
character, inasmuch as they include a number of presentations by scholars
who examine aspects of both the Polish emigration and settlement
experiences, along with those of other peoples from East Central Europe.
There are also historical pieces as well as presentations having a more
contemporary character. All in all, Dr. Mazurkiewicz's effort makes an
inestimable contribution to scholarly research and knowledge in the
important field of emigration studies - and with special attention to the
experiences of peoples who are all too often overlooked in discussions of
Beth Holmgren, Starring Madame Modjeska: On Tour in Poland and America (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2012).
Review by Maja Trochimczyk in the Polish American Studies (spring 2013) opens with:"this handsomely produced volume about
Poland's legendary actress is a must for every library and every Polonian home."
Kazimierz Braun who had authored a play devoted to Modjeska wrote: "this is an
excellent and meticulously rendered book" (Modern Drama 56/2, 2013). Upon examination of the review copy provided
by the publisher, the Awards Committee found the above-mentioned reviews very well grounded. In our opinion, this book deserves
the Halecki Award for its merits and also
bears the potential of promoting the story of Helena Modrzejewska
(Modjeska) among Polish-Americans as well as Polish and Polish-American
heritage among the larger, non-ethnic audiences in the U.S. Beth Holmgren
is the Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies and Slavic and Eurasian
Studies Department Chair at Duke University.
2012 - Brian McCook, The Borders of Integration: Polish Migrants in Germany and the United States, 1870-1924 .
(Athens: Ohio University Press, 2012).
2011 - James S. Pula, ed., The Polish American Encyclopedia (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2011).
2010 - M. B. B. Biskupski, Hollywood's War With Poland, 1939-1945 (Knoxville: University of Kentucky Press, 2010).
Danusha V. Goska, Bieganski: The Brute Polak Stereotype, Its Role in Polish-Jewish Relations and American Popular Culture (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2010)
2009 - Alex Storozynski, The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution (New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2009).
2008 - Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski and Antony
Polonsky. Polish-Jewish Relations in North America
(Oxford: Littman Library of Jewish
Civilization; 2007). When Poles and Jews emigrated to North America,
the relationship between them developed in new ways. This volume 19
of the Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry series looks at
various aspects of that relationship, past and present. An edited
anthology, key topics include Polish and Jewish relations from the
early to mid 20th century; literary and journalistic representations;
institutional contacts; attitudes to the Holocaust; the debate over
Jedwabne; physical violence and initiatives for mutual understanding.
Substantial space is also given, in 'New Views', to recent
research in other areas of Polish-Jewish studies.
2007 - William J. Galush.
Dr. Galush is Professor Emeritus in
History at Loyola University of Chicago. He
is the author of numerous scholarly works and articles related to
Polish-American history. His recent work,
For More than Bread: Community and Identity in American Polonia,
(Boulder: 2006) provides a rich,
cultural history of the Polish American community and its integration
into American society, comparatively exploring changing
identities of immigrants and their second-generation children.
2006 - John Radzilowski,
Poles in Minnesota (Minneapolis: 2005). Dr. Radzilowski is
Associate Professor of History at the
University of Alaska, a senior fellow at the Piast Institute, Detroit,
and president of the Polish American Cultural
Institute of Minnesota. He is as well a two-time winner of the PAHA
Swastek Prize. Poles in Minnesota is
honored as a highly readable account of the Polish Americans who created
and sustained community institutions in that
state. Filled with intriguing details, the book shows how Polish
Americans established their own cultural identity
2005 - Mary Patrice Erdmans.
The Grasinski Girls: The Choices They Had and the Choices They
Made (Athens, OH: 2004). Dr. Erdmans is
Professor of Sociology at Central Connecticut State University, and
current President of PAHA. The Grasinski Girls is a
study of working class Americans of Polish descent, born in the 1920s
and 1930s. The book has been praised by
reviewers as "very original,refreshingly written,and remarkably
[successful] on all levels.
Professor Erdmans is a two time winner of
the Halecki Prize, having been honored for her Opposite Poles in
2004 - Anna Jaroszynska-
Kirchmann. The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora
Americans, 1939-1956 (Athens, OH:
2004). Dr. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann monograph takes on several large
issues: the relationship between an established
ethnic community and new arrivals, debates over the distinction between
economic immigrant and political refugee, the
evolving relationship between an ethnic community and the politics of the
homeland, and the continual re-construction of ethnic
identity with new waves of immigration. She crafts a readable master
narrative that draws on memoirs, ethnic
organization records, government documents and interviews. She puts
these sources into a framework drawn from wide-
ranging research into secondary sources from several disciplines
including sociology, diplomatic history and
international law. Dr. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann clarifies
the spectrum of ideological positions in
post-World War II American Polonia and shows the impact of an "exile
first articulated in Europe, on the
interaction between the exiles and the established Polish American
2003 - Karen Majewski.
Traitor and True Poles: Narrating a Polish American
Identity, 1880-1939. (Athens, OH: 2003). Dr.
Majewski's work is the first extended look at Polish-language fiction
written by turn-of-the-century immigrants.
Addressing a blind spot in our understanding of immigrant and ethnic
identity and culture, Traitors and True Poles
challenges perceptions of a silent and passive Polish immigration.
Polish-American immigrant writers used their work to define and
consolidate an essentially transnational ethnic identity that was both
tied to Poland and independent of it. In
Traitors and True Poles, Dr. Majewski illustrates how
immigrants manipulated often difficult economic,
social, and political realities to provide a place for and a sense of
themselves. What emerges is a fuller picture of American literature, one
vital to the creation of an ethnic consciousness. Madeline Levine of UNC
wrote in her review of the book: "She shows how the detective stories,
comic narratives, romantic tale, and realist novels not only entertained
a not-yet-assimilated and not very well-educated readership but also
expressed a range of contented definitions of Polishness." The book was
chosen as one of Choice's top academic books of 2003. Dr. Majewski is
Special Collections Librarian for the Polish Collection at the Orchard
Lake Schools, in Orchard Lake, Michigan.
2002 - Two Awards. AND
Stephen Leahy, Clement Zablocki, Milwaukee's Most Politician: A Study of
Local Politics and Congressional Foreign Policy
(Lewiston, N.Y.: Edwin Mellen Press, 2002).
2001 -No award
Joseph Bigott, From
Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan
Chicago,1869-1929 (Chicago: University of
Chicago Press, 2001).
Deborah Anders Silverman, Polish-American Folklore (Urbana:
University of Illinois Press, 2000).
Thomas S. Gladsky and Rita Holmes Gladsky, eds., Something of My
Very Own to Say: American Women Writers of Polish Descent (Boulder,
Colo.: East European Monographs; [New York]: Distributed by Columbia
University Press, 1997).
Joseph Wieczerzak, Bishop Francis Hodur: Biographical Essays
(Boulder: East European Monographs; [New York]: Distributed by Columbia
University Press, 1998).
Mary Patrice Erdmans, Opposite Poles: Immigrants and Ethnics in
Polish Chicago, 1976-1990 (University Park, Pa.: Pennsylvania State
University Press, 1998).
Suzanne Strempek Shea, Hoopi Shoopi Donna (New York: Pocket
1996 -No award
James S. Pula, Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community (New York:
Twayne Publishers; London: Prentice Hall International, 1995).
Anthony Bukoski, Children of Strangers: Stories (Dallas: Southern
Methodist University Press, 1993).
Thomas Gladsky, Princes, Peasants, and Other Polish Selves: Ethnicity in
American Literature (Amherst, Mass. : University of Massachusetts Press,
Dominic Pacyga, Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the
South Side, 1880-1922 (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1991).
1991: James S. Pula and Eugene E. Dziedzic, United We Stand: The Role of Polish
Workers in the New Mills Textile Strikes , 1912 and 1916 (Boulder, Colo.:
East European Monographs ; New York : Distributed by Columbia University
Barbara Stern Burstin, After the Holocaust: The Migration of Polish Jews
and Christians to Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1989).
Sister Ann Marie Knawa, O.S.F., As God Shall Ordain: A History of the
Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, 1894-1987 (Lemont, Ill. : Franciscan
Sisters of Chicago, 1989).http://www.amazon.com/Ordain-History-Franciscan-Sisters-Chicago/dp/B000WSBE0U
Josephine Wtulich, Marcin Kula, Witold Kula, and Nina Assorodobraj-Kula,
Writing Home: Immigrants in Brazil and the United States, 1890-1891
(Boulder: East European Monographs; New York: Distributed by Columbia
University Press, 1986).
John Bukowczyk, And My Children Did Not Know Me: A History of the Polish-
Americans (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1987).
Eugene Obidinski and Helen Stankiewicz, Polish Folkways in America:
Community and Family (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1987).
Frank Renkiewicz, For God, Country, and Polonia: One Hundred Years of the
Orchard Lake Schools (Orchard Lake, Mich.: Center for Polish Studies and
Culture, Orchard Lake Schools, 1985).
Donald Pienkos, PNA: A Centennial History of thePolish National Alliance
of the United States of North America (Boulder: East European Monographs,
New York: Distr. By Columbia Univ. Press, 1984).
John Bodnar, Roger Simon, and Michael Weber, Lives of Their Own: Blacks,
Italians and Poles in Pittsburgh,1900-1960 (Urbana: Univ. of Illinois
Joseph Parot, Polish Catholics in Chicago, 1850-1920: A Religious History
(DeKalb, IL: Northern Illinois Univ. Press, 1981).
Lawrence Orton, Polish Detroit and the Kolasinski Affair (Detroit: Wayne
State Univ. Press, 1981).
Anthony Kuzniewski, Faith and Fatherland: The Polish Church War in
Wisconsin, 1896-1918 (Notre Dame: Univ. of Notre Dame Press, 1980).
Artwork by a Polish American artist Julian Stanczak:
Structural Cadmium Yellow,
Exchanging Light-A, Structural Cadmium Red, Exchanging Light-B, Structural Orange, Structural Magenta and Structural Cobalt
from a 2012-13 series of paintings (24 by 24 each).