127 N. 20th Street
Edward Pinkowski, Founder
President and CEO
Peter J. Obst
Mission and DescriptionThe Poles in America Foundation was organized to pursue research into Polish-American history and genealogy. It disseminates its findings on a website and through the Pol-Am press, various scholarly journals and books. The Foundation is based in Cooper City, Florida, but maintains an office in Philadelphia.
In 2020 our founder Mr. Edward Pinkowski passed away at age 103. In order that this work of research and documentation continue, over 20 years ago he established the Poles in America Foundation. He has behind him a long record of research into the Polish contribution to building America. His research and perseverance led to the creation of the Kosciuszko Memorial in Philadelphia (opened on April 4, 1976), administered by the National Park Service.
He provided evidence that Gen. Casimir Pulaski's body was eventually interred in the Pulaski Monument at Savannah, Georgia. He wrote a monograph about Anthony Sadowski, an early Polish-American settler and pioneer, and later set up an official historical marker at his grave. In a similar fashion he documented the notorious Lattimer Massacre of 1897 where a number of immigrant miners, mainly Poles, were killed when they peacefully protested for fair wages and equal rights. In addition to the above-named works he is the author of several books that deal with places and individuals in American history.
The Poles in America Foundation continues to work with Polonia (Polish-American) and American organizations to keep the memory of Polish contributors to American culture alive. This may take the form of helping the Warwick Township Historical Society with their annual re-enactment of a colonial era encampment where, at Moland House, Casimir Pulaski met George Washington for the first time.
In recent years the Foundation joined with the Polish Heritage Society of Philadelphia to place markers for bridge engineer Ralph Modjeski, helicopter pioneer Frank Piasecki and bio-engineer Walter Golaski. Every October 9th the Foundation joins with the Gen. Casimir Pulaski Savannah Committee and the Georgia Coastal Heritage Society in organizing a ceremony at the field where the Battle of Savannah took place and Gen. Pulaski was mortally wounded. see: Savannah GA battlefield ceremony
The Foundation expects to continue the work of research and creating interest in Polish American history for years to come. Its president is Jack Pinkowski, Edward's younger son, who worked closely with his father on various Polish-American history projects. Among other things, he was active in the effort that succeeded in having President Barrack Obama sign a declaration proclaiming Pulaski an honorary citizen of the United States on Nov. 6, 2009.
WebsiteInterested persons are welcome to explore the website of the Poles in America Foundation: www.poles.org
and the related database of Polish individuals and organizations: the Pinkowski Files
Books and MonographsJohn Siney, the Miner's Martyr
History of Bridgeport, PA
Chester County Place Names
Anthony Sadowski - Polish Pioneer
Pills, Pen & Politics
Washington's Officers Slept Here
The Foundation has in its possession a large quantity of books, publications, and historical materials concerning Polonia history. In addition, there are extensive files of press clippings related to persons and events which have affected Polish-American history in the United States.
Among the objects stored at the foundation is number of remarkable paintings executed by Edward Lis. These are portraits of American war heroes of Polish extraction. view the portrait collection
2nd Lt. Joseph R. Sarnoski, Airman, US Congressional Medal of Honor recipient
Source: Poles in America Foundation