Meetings and Events


Each of the Society’s monthly meetings are open to the public and are held at 7 pm on the second Thursday of each month* in the cafeteria of Villa Maria College.  The College is located at 240 Pine Ridge Road in Cheektowaga NY.

* There are two months when traditional meetings are not held: in July for our summer picnic, and December when the Society hosts a

May 11, 2017 – Meet in Student Center – Building #6 See map.

Polish Boy Abroad: Coming Home to Buffalo
After spending decades trying to distance himself from his native roots, travel writer Dan Szczesny, on a whim, drove by his late grandmother’s house on Buffalo’s East Side during a visit. He discovered that the home he had known so well as a child had been turned into a magical showcase for a family selling artisan birdhouses. With a new daughter on the way, he decided to use this discovery to embark on a family history adventure that led him on a journey around Buffalo. From cemeteries to the Central Terminal, from the Broadway Market to Kaisertown, Dan began to understand that his Polish family’s history spoke as clearly about his own linage as it did about the city where he was born. Using slides and reading from essays on his journey, Dan will give a presentation on the what it’s been like for a writer who makes his living writing about other cultures to begin to come home and discover his own Polish roots.


Dan Szczesny is a long time writer and journalist living in Manchester, N.H. A native Western New Yorker, he grew up in Buffalo and studied literature and writing at Buffalo State College and the University of Buffalo before embarking on a journalism career that took him across the country writing features, hard news and politics for such organizations as the Main Line Times (Philadelphia), Trenton Times, Pennsylvania Magazine and the Huffington Post. He moved to New Hampshire in 2000 to cover the presidential primary for the Associated Press, and shortly thereafter became Associate Publisher of Quality of Life Publications.
He’s written several books of fiction, travel memoir and narrative non-fiction, including The Nepal Chronicles, an account of his marriage in Kathmandu and unguided journey to Everest Base Camp. That book was the recipient of the NH Literary Award for Outstanding Work of Non-Fiction. Currently, Dan is spending 2017 writing The White Mountain, a social and cultural history of New England’s Mount Washington. For more information on Dan or his books see

 June 8, 2017 – Meet in Student Center – Building #6 See map.
“A Family History Show & Tell” by Sherry Sojka, followed by research night.

July 2017 – member and guest picnic.

August 10 – research night.

September 14, 2017 – “Finding Genealogy Records in Erie County” by Speaker Patricia L. Fulwiler, Deputy County Clerk, Erie County Clerk’s Office.

October 12, 2017 – officer and trustee nominations,  “A Family History Show and Tell”, by Denise Oliansky, followed by research night.

November 9, 2017 – officer and trustee elections. “European Immigration” by Joe Golombek, History Professor at Buffalo State College.

“European Immigration” Joe Golombek, History Professor at Buffalo State College

December 14, 2017 – member and gust Christmas party.

Polonia & Community Events

September 9, 2017 – Genealogy Fair, St. Gabriel’s RC, Elma, NY.

 Polish Happy Hours

Check here for a list of 2017 Polish Happy Hour Events.

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