Celebrating Polish Heritage, Arts, Culture, and Language

Our Mission:
To encourage, and further knowledge of Polish culture, traditions, history, language, arts, current affairs, and local events through cultural activities, classes, seminars, and any and all appropriate means.
To foster friendly relations between the American and Polish people.

Mark your calendars and attend the 9-th

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OCTOBER 16 – 19 (Thursday – Sunday)

More Polish Films in Texas…

The Houston 17th Annual Polish Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 29th – Nov. 2, 2014

More information: www.forum-polonia-houston.com

Consular Visit in Houston – Nov. 5 – 6, 2014

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles will be conducting consular outreach to the states of our Consular region on selected dates.
Houston visit will take place on November 5-6, 2014 (Wednesday, Thursday). Polish citizens can use this opportunity to apply for passport services.

Please note: Services will be available by appointments only.

More information: www.forum-polonia-houston.com

Polish Language Classes for Children and Adults


Austin Polish Society is happy to announce that Polish Language Classes for children and adults will restart in September. Tuition will be $275 for the school year. Registration is now open. Limited seats. More Info

Gosia Jurczyńska

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Wstrząśnięci i pogrążeni w smutku zawiadamiamy, że w nocy z piątku na sobotę, 6 września 2014 roku, po siedmiu tygodniach ciężkiej choroby odeszła od nas Gosia Jurczyńska, była wice-prezeska Austin Polish Society, jedna z zalożycielek naszego stowarzyszenia, człowiek o wielkim sercu i uśmiechu, który na zawsze zachowamy w pamięci.
Rodzinie Gosi w Polsce i Marcinowi przekazujemy najszczersze wyrazy współczucia.

Rada Austin Polish Society

It is with profound sadness that we learned about the passing of Gosia Jurczynska last night between Friday and Saturday, September 6, 2014 , after seven difficult weeks of severe illness. Gosia, ex vice-president and one of the founders of the Austin Polish Society, was well liked, respected, and known in her community for her big heart and a wonderful smile – one that we will keep in our memory for ever.
Our deepest condolences go to Gosia’s Family in Poland and to Marcin.

Austin Polish Society Board of Directors

The APS Newsletter for July 2014


To read news about APS and the Polish community click here: New APS Newsletter

APS Board of Director Elections – Call for Candidates

Austin Polish Society members interested in joining the APS Board of Directors are encouraged to run in the upcoming Board of Director election that will be held in October. To run in the election, please return the following application to an APS officer by September 1st. APS Board Application

Fundraising Never Tasted So Good!

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Many thanks to all the Draught House Pub patrons, to manager Josh Wilson and to Live Oak Brewery owner, Chip McElroy and Master Brewer Dusan Kwiatkowski for making it possile for the 2014 Austin Polish Film Festival to raise over $1,000 on August 2! Live Oak Brewery brought their Polish style beer Grodziskie to the Draught House Pub. Each tasty pint of this rare beer sold contributed to the 2014 Austin Polish Film Festival.

Thank you for supporting the 2014 APFF !

To see pictures, click on APFF Fundraiser

The Best Pierogi in Texas!

Porter Ale House & Gastropub Pierogi
Stopped by the Porter Ale House & Gastropub, 3715-A South First Street and met one of the owners, Joe Bixel, who served up the best potato and cheese pierogi in Texas! Garnished with authentic tangy beet/horseradish and a dill sour cream, and topped with delicious caramelized onions…fantastic! Just like being in Poland! Check this new place out (newly rated as one of the top 15 restaurants in the USA) for a taste of home. Thanks, Joe!
See the write-up: draftmag.com

Successful First Summer APS Potluck!

Thank you to all the APS members, guests, families, children, and Austin newcomers for attending the first APS Potluck at the Lakewood Clubhouse, Sunday, July 27th. About 50 guests came, bringing delicious salads, main dishes, fruits, desserts and music to share.

Thank you to Ania Hand for preparing coffee and tea, Karolina Camara for taking photos and to Zosia and Joseph Hunt for providing the venue for this fun event! Thanks to everyone for attending!

The University of Texas at Austin Offers First Year Polish

We are happy to announce that this fall, UT-Austin is offering First Year Polish. The instructor is Bernadeta Kaminska, who provided the details at POL 506-Fall 2014 . We encourage anyone who is interested in Polish language instruction (grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing) and learning more about Polish culture to take this course. There is no prerequisite. Ms. Kaminska is a member of APS and a great teacher!

The registration starts July 7th.

To learn more, please see the attached flyer. If you have questions, please contact Bernadeta at BernadetaKaminska@austin.utexas.edu

Build Polish Immigration History

flagsMr. Mansoor Sheikh is a Master’s student at the University of Texas at Austin (CREEES) and is currently working on a research project focusing on Polish immigration to the USA between 1977 and 1984. The APS Board requested information to share with APS membership. If you are interested in sharing your immigration story, please contact Mr. Sheikh. Sharing your experience can help build Polish immigration history!

Mr. Sheikh’s contact information, resume and other information is provided at:
Interview Request – Polish Immigrant Experiences
Mr. Mansoor Sheikh Resume

This project has been reviewed and approved by the APS Board.

First UT-Austin Polish Studies Endowment Scholarship Awarded

Ms. Darcey Holender has been selected by UT Austin CREEES faculty as the first recipient of the UT-Austin Polish Studies Endowment Scholarship. The selection was made based on the applicant’s academic record, her current and future intention to study the Polish language, and her recommendations from her UT instructors.

Ms. Darcey Holender is in her fourth semester of Polish language studies at UT-Austin. Ms. Holender’s major is International Relations and Global Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. Her minor is in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Ms. Holender’s award will allow her to attend the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland during the 2014 summer session from June 28th to August 1, 2014, to fulfill requirements for her UT-Austin major, and to deepen her understanding of the Polish language and culture.

During the summer, she will be enrolled in two classes; “Polish intensive language class” (4-6 hours per day) and “Polish in Real Life Situations” (1 ½ hours per day). Her scholarship award will be used to pay for the Jagiellonian University tuition, which includes the two courses, room and board, internet access, and a tutor, if necessary.

Ms. Holender’s career goals include working for the US Department of State.

APS wishes Ms. Holender success on her trip and her studies in Poland and looks forward to hearing about her experience when she returns!

Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin – 2014

Please read a 2014 update letter from Dr. Mary Neuburger, Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies regarding the Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin. Endowment Update

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