Polish National Alliance
125th Anniversary

On Tuesday, February 15, 2005, the Polish National Alliance marked its 125th Anniversary at the Polish American Cultural Center Museum, 308 Walnut Street in Historic Philadelphia. The ceremony took place on the date of the founding of the Polish National Alliance which took place on 3rd Street in the City of Philadelphia on February 15, 1880.

Since that date the P.N.A. has become America’s largest ethnic fraternal insurance organization with members and lodges throughout the United States.

Mr. Wesley Musial, National Director of the Polish National Alliance representing Region D, conducted the program. The invocation was offered by Msgr. Francis Feret, Pastor of St. Adalbert’s Parish. Anniversary presentations were received from Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum, State Senators Vincent Fumo, Michael Stack and Constance Williams as well as from State Representatives John Taylor and John Perzel. Philadelphia City Controller Jonathan Saidel stated that he was pleased to participate at an event honoring the accomplishments of the Polish National Alliance in the city of its birth.

Mr. Hilary Czaplicki, National Censor of the Polish National Alliance, offered a brief history of the work of the organization over the last 125 years and thanked all who came to celebrate the occasion. Philadelphia’s Mayor John Street presented the City of Philadelphia Proclamation marking the P.N.A.’s 125th Anniversary. He gave a well received speech which complemented the Polish American community in Philadelphia and the work of the Polish National Alliance and Polish American leaders to maintain Polish heritage and a strong contact with the people of Poland. Councilman Frank Rizzo presented the Philadelphia City Council Citation.

Michael Blichasz, president of the Polish American Congress, Eastern Pennsylvania District, and Museum, extended congratulations, asked all in attendance to continue to work to highlight Polish history, culture and pride and announced that the Museum’s Heritage Month Committee is making plans for the 400th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Polish settlers to America which will take place in October, 2008. Fr. Bartholomew Marciniak, from the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, ended the program with a benediction.

At that point everyone toasted P.N.A. and enjoyed the buffet, refreshments and anniversary cake.

Representatives of the P.N.A. extend a sincere thanks to all who attended to celebrate the occasion.

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