Polish Falcons of America Collection

An inventory of its records at the University of Illinois at Chicago




Collection Summary

Creator:Borkowski, Joseph
Title:Polish Falcons of America Collection
Dates:1965
Abstract: The Polish Falcons of America Collection includes published material produced by the Polish Falcons, a newspaper clipping, and one souvenir book published for the Slovak Catholic Sokol.
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet
Identification: PolishFalcons

Administrative History of Polish Falcons of America

The Polish Falcons of America is a fraternal benefit society dedicated to physical fitness, personal development, and the preservation of Polish culture. The organization stresses the Latin maxim of "mens sana in corpore sano" or a sound body in a sound mind. The American organization has its roots in Poland where the first Nests or lodges were organized there in 1867. The Falcon is a symbol of the independence, strength, courage, and prowess that the group hopes to instill in its members, especially young people.

Felix L. Pietrowicz established the first American Nest in Chicago, Illinois on June 12, 1887. The first national organization was chartered in Illinois with the title of Alliance of Polish Turners of the United States of America on May 1, 1894. The group joined the Polish National Alliance as an autonomous department in 1905. The organization, since renamed the Polish Falcons of America, is now chartered in Pennsylvania with headquarters in Green Tree. The Falcons have sponsored activities similar to that of the Boy Scouts of America, but have also included intensive studies in Polish language, culture, and heritage along with military drill and training in the use of weapons. Some leaders once hoped that young Falcons could form the core of an army that would fight to free Poland in Europe and many volunteers were drawn from its ranks, especially in World War I.


Scope and Contents

The Polish Falcons of America Collection includes published material produced by the Polish Falcons, a newspaper clipping, and one souvenir book published for the Slovak Catholic Sokol.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Subjects:
Polish Americans.
United States --History --Revolution, 1775-1783 --Participation, Polish.
Chicago Community Organizations
Chicago Ethnic Groups


Bibliography

See the Polish Falcons of America website for more information at http://www.polishfalcons.org.


Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Polish Falcons of America Collection

BoxFolder
Oversize Material1Waldo, Arthur L. The Origin and Goals of the Falcons: An Outline of Their Mission of Yesterday and Today. Pittsburgh, Pa.: Falcon Institute of Historical Research [2 copies], 1965
2Published Souvenir Book for the 60th Anniversary of the Slovak Catholic Sokol, 1965
3Printed anniversary booklet covering history of District IV of the Polish Falcons of America, newspaper clipping, 1965