List of 16 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Markers
mentioning Polish-related persons and/or events (in order of installation)

The historical markers are registered trademarks ® of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and are copyright protected. Used with permission.

[Moland picture]

Marker Name: Moland House
County: Bucks
Date Dedicated (as: Headquarters Farm) Tuesday, October 21, 1947
Date Rededicated (as: Moland House) Saturday, August 19, 2006
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: 1641 Old York Rd., Hartsville
Category: American Revolution, George Washington, Military

Marker Text:
Gen. Washington's headquarters Aug. 10-23, 1777, during the Neshaminy encampment of 11,000 troops. Here, the Marquis de Lafayette functioned for the first time as Major General at the Council of War on Aug. 21, and Count Casimir Pulaski of Poland met Washington for the first time. An experienced military commander, Pulaski was later appointed Brigadier General of mounted troops and is remembered as the "Father of the American Cavalry."

Dedication by: Warwick Township Historical Society

Old Moland House Marker (Headquarters Farm)

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Marker Name: Battle of Brandywine
County: Delaware
Date Dedicated: Monday, May 12, 1952
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: U.S. 202 & 322 just S of Dilworthtown Rd., 1.6 miles N of U.S. 1, Chadds Ford
Category: Military, American Revolution, George Washington

Marker Text:
The battle ended just southwest of here at nightfall. With Howe and his troops holding the field, Washington's force withdrew to Chester. Although he was wounded, Lafayette helped to reorganize the retreating troops, and Pulaski's cavalry protected them from attack.

[Marker picture]

Marker Name: Sisters' House
County: Northampton
Date Dedicated: Tuesday, October 13, 1953
Marker Type: City
Location: 50 W. Church St., Bethlehem
Category: Women

Marker Text:
Built in 1744. Brothers' House until 1748. Here unmarried sisters plied many of the arts and crafts for women. In 1778, Pulaski's banner was made by them.

[Marker picture]

Marker Name: Polish Army
County: Allegheny
Date Dedicated: Sunday, April 3, 1960
Marker Type: City
Location: 97 S. 18th St., South Side, Pittsburgh
Category: Ethnic & Immigration, Military, Military Post-Civil War-

Marker Text:
At hall on this site on April 3, 1917, a speech by I. J. Paderewski to delegates at convention of the Polish Falcons began the movement to recruit a Polish army in U.S. to fight in Europe with Allies for creating an independent Poland.


[Marker picture]

Marker Name: Anthony Sadowski
County: Berks
Date Dedicated: Sunday, September 18, 1966
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: U.S. 422 eastbound near graveyard, Douglassville
Category: Ethnic & Immigration, Government & Politics, Native American

Marker Text:
Polish pioneer, Indian trader, settled along Schuylkill River in this area, 1712. He served the Provincial Government as a messenger-interpreter during negotiations with Indian tribes in 1728. He was buried, 1736, in graveyard of St. Gabriel's Church.

Dedication by: Edward Pinkowski

[Modjesk picture]

Marker Name: Thaddeus Kosciuszko
County: Philadelphia
Date Dedicated: Sunday, October 22, 1967
Marker Type: City
Location: NW corner 3rd & Pine Sts., Philadelphia
Category: Military, Ethnic & Immigration, American Revolution

Marker Text:
After serving as a military engineer during the American Revolution, he later led an uprising in his native Poland. Exiled, the General resided in this house from November, 1797, to May, 1798.

Dedication by: Kosciuszko Commemorative Committee, Edward Pinkowski Chairman

[Marker picture]

Marker Name: Pulaski's Banner
County: Northampton
Date Dedicated: Saturday, October 12, 1974
Marker Type: City
Location: W. Market St. at Moravian Cemetery, Bethlehem
Category: Women, Military, American Revolution-

Marker Text:
While Pulaski guarded this area in 1778, the Moravian women made a banner which his cavalry bore until he died at the Siege of Savannah in 1779. The banner was later immortalized in a poem by Longfellow.

Dedication by: Central Council of Polish Organizations (Pittsburgh)

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Marker Name: Casimir Pulaski
County: Delaware
Date Dedicated: Saturday, September 13, 1975
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: U.S. 1 E of Chadds Ford near entrance to Brandywine Battlefield State Park
Category: Ethnic & Immigration, Military, American Revolution, George Washington

Marker Text:
Polish volunteer, commanded cavalry detachment helping to cover Washington's retreat from Brandywine, Sept. 11, 1777. As brigadier general, served Sept. 1777-March 1778 as first overall commander of the Continental Army's cavalry. He was mortally wounded at the siege of Savannah, Oct. 9, 1779.

Dedication by: Brandywine Battlefield State Park Commission

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Marker Name: Joseph A. "Jock" Yablonski (1910-1969)
Dedicated: Saturday, November 04, 1995
County: Washington
Marker Type: Roadside
Categories: Coal, Government & Politics 20th Century, Labor
GPS Coordinates: LNG: -79.88956, LAT: 40.06668

Location: 3rd & Wood Sts., California

Marker Text:
A longtime resident of California and elected official of the United Mine Workers of America. He led efforts to improve working conditions for coal miners. On December 31, 1969--shortly after his defeat as a reform candidate for president of the UMW--he, his wife Margaret, and their daughter Charlotte were assassinated. In 1972, reformers were elected to leadership of the UMW.

[Marker picture]

Marker Name: Lattimer Massacre
County: Luzerne
Date Dedicated: Friday, September 12, 1997
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: Pa. 924 at Harwood
Category: Ethnic & Immigration, Labor

Marker Text:
Near here at Harwood, on Sept. 10, 1897, immigrant coal miners on strike began a march for higher wages and equal rights. Unarmed, they were fired upon at Lattimer by sheriff's deputies. Nineteen marchers -- Polish, Slovak, and Lithuanian -- were killed. The majority of the dead were buried in St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Hazleton. Others were interred in St. Joseph's & Vine Street Cemeteries, Hazleton, and in St. Patrick Cemetery, McAdoo.

Dedication by: Edward Pinkowski

[Sienkiewicz picture]

Marker Name: Casimir A. Sienkiewicz (1890-1974)
County: Bucks
Date Dedicated: Friday, October 20, 2006
Marker Type: Roadside
Location: 202 E. Court St., Doylestown
Category: Artists, Business & Industry, Ethnic & Immigration

Marker Text:
Prominent economist and banker who emigrated from Poland in 1906. He was an advisor to federal, state, and local governments, an active civic and community leader, and was also a well-known impressionist painter. In 1964, he was named first chairman of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), one of the largest urban mass transit agencies in the nation. He resided here, 1938-1974.

Dedication by: Doylestown Historical Society, Edward Ludwig President

[Modjesk picture]

Marker Name: Ralph Modjeski (1861-1940)
County: Philadelphia
Date Dedicated: Saturday, September 15, 2007
Marker Type: City
Location: NW corner of 6th & Race Sts., Philadelphia
Category: Bridges, Business & Industry, Ethnic & Immigration, Professions & Vocations

Marker Text:
Polish immigrant and civil engineer, Modjeski was one of the most influential figures in American bridge building. He completed the Quebec Bridge on the St. Lawrence River and over 40 others, earning numerous awards. He was chief engineer and designer for the Benjamin Franklin Bridge here, opened in 1926.

Dedication by: Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia

[Marker picture]

Marker Name: Frank N. Piasecki (1919-2008)
Dedicated: Saturday, April 17, 2010
County: Philadelphia
Marker Type: Roadside
Categories: Business & Industry, Invention, Military, Professions & Vocations
GPS Coordinates: LNG: -75.1711, LAT: 39.96087

Location: 1937 Callowhill St., north side of Callowhill between 19th & 20th Sts.

Marker Text:
Aviation pioneer Piasecki developed and flew the 2nd helicopter in the US and the world's 1st tandem rotor helicopter, initiating the 1st practical use of rotorcraft in the 1940s. His original company, started here, now a division of Boeing, is a world leader in helicopter production. In 1956, he founded Piasecki Aircraft Corp., continuing development of innovative advanced rotorcraft. Awarded the National Medal of Technology in 1986.

Dedication by: Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia

[Marker picture]

Marker Name: Col. Francis "Gabby" Gabreski (1919-2002)
Dedicated: Saturday, June 25, 2011
County: Venango
Marker Type: City
Categories: Education, Ethnic & Immigration, Military, Military Post-Civil War
GPS Coordinates: LNG: -79.7072, LAT: 41.4416

Location: 410 Seneca St., Oil City

Marker Text:
A US Air Force pilot, he was a leading fighter ace during WWII and the Korean War. He taught fighter tactics to his pilots as squadron commander. He was highly decorated by the US and its allied partners. The son of Polish immigrants, he was born and raised in Oil City.

Dedication by: Pittsburgh Chapter of the Kosciuszko Foundation and Lodge 905 of the Polish National Alliance in Oil City

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Marker Name: Walter Golaski (1913-1996)
Dedicated: Saturday, May 17, 2014
County: Philadelphia
Marker Type: Roadside
Categories: Education, Ethnic & Immigration, Invention, Professions & Vocations
Location: 34th St. and Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia (Drexel University campus)

Marker Text:
A Polish-American engineer and inventor. In the 1960s Drexel graduate Golaski perfected the Dense Knit Dacron Vascular Prosthesis, the first practical artificial blood vessel replacement, a life-saving medical advance. He began his career designing innovative machinery for the knitting industry, for which he received numerous patents. He encouraged scholarly and cultural exchange between Poland and the US. His workshop was here for many years.

Dedication by: Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia

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Marker Name: Leopold Stokowski (1882 - 1977)
Approved: March 2014
Dedication Ceremony: sometime in 2015
County: Philadelphia
Marker Type: City
Categories: Art and Music
GPS Coordinates: to be determined

Location: Broad St. Philadelphia, center city

Proposed Marker Text:
Music Director, Philadelphia Orchestra (1912-1940) Created the "Philadelphia Sound" and introduced innovative ways of conducting a symphonic orchestra. He promoted classical music to a wide audience through a unique combination of musical genius and showmanship.

Dedication by: to be determined