Polish Heritage Committee
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Polish Heritage Committee of Northampton, MA!
Preserving Polish heritage in Western Mass
Apr. 23 at 12 p.m. at Bridge St. Cemetery Northampton: Remembrance for a Polish Exile
May 3 at 6 p.m. at Polish National Church 127 King St. Northampton: Polish Constitution Day Mass
Sunday April 23, 2023 marks the 186th anniversary of the death of August Malczewski vel Jakubowski, an exile from a revolution in Poland.
Members of the Polish Heritage Committee of Northampton and interested participants will gather on Sunday (4/23) at NOON at the gravesite for a memorial service at Bridge Street Cemetery to commemorate his death here in Northampton.
Father Adam Czarnecki of St. Valentine Polish National Catholic Church will hold prayer service. A new Polish flag was planted at the grave.
August was a young Polish nobleman who was exiled from Poland with a group of Revolutionaries who participated in the failed uprising of November 1830 that hoped to free Poland from under the yoke of Russia. While in this country he wrote a history of Poland called “The Remembrances of a Polish Exile”. Then in Northampton he taught French at Miss Dwight’s Seminary for Young Ladies. After one year, he became grievously ill and died. At the time he was about 21 years old. His students provided for his burial and the gravestone shown above.
John Skibiski will read a short history of August’s family in Poland and Fred Zimnoch read his obituary from the Daily Hampshire Gazette.
The Polish Heritage Committee of Northampton sponsors this event and also produces the Pulaski Parade in October.