The people who came here are largely Kashubian, and Winona has a sister city relationship with Bytow which is one of the unofficial capitals of Kashubia. In the mid-19th century workers were recruited to come to this area to work in the lumber industry. Areas of the Minnesota territory were covered with forest. As the trees were cut, the logs were floated down the Mississippi to the lumber mills in Winona.
The museum is housed in a re-purposed warehouse building.
The artisan work for the remodeling of the warehouse includes this fine work in the floor.
The connection to the lumber industry is maintained with this fine fireplace.
This fireplace comes from the President's office from one of the large lumber companies.
Here's a nice view of one of the rooms in the museum.
Here are some objects that caught my eye.
Someone's lovely old books. (Sorry for the light reflection in the display cases. Did the best I could.)
The museum also has some old maps. Our visiting party included another woman from Winona who was born in Poland. We found a Polish map displaying post-World War I Poland. She was able to show me the area in which she lived as a child. This area now is in Belarus. Over lunch she shared her memories of the start of World War II when she was six years old and her memories of living in Warsaw during Uprising when she as 10 years old. I'm very blessed to be trusted with these memories and insights.
Hope you enjoy this little bit of Polish immigrant history.