Welcome to the Polish Heritage Center at Panna Maria, located within the first permanent Polish settlement in the United States.

 

The Story of the Polish Immigration to Texas, 

Full of toil, tribulations and triumph, is the central focus of the Polish Heritage Center at Panna Maria as envisioned by its founder, a native son of the area who wants to preserve the, 

"The Sacred memories of generations. Let's memorialize our ancestors, we have to preserve our inherit values, share them with new generations of our family, and with pride and thanksgiving, share them with the whole world. " - Bishop Emeritus John W. Yanta

Located in Panna Maria, the Polish Heritage Center will Celebrate all of the original settlements, including Panna Maria, Bandera, St. Hedwig, Yorktown, Cestohowa, Kosciusko, Falls City, McCook, White Dear, Inez, Las Gallinas, and St. Michaels in San Antonio. Their collective story is one of Faith, Family, and Community. 

The Mission of the Polish Heritage Center is to "keep vibrant and relevant the history, values, beliefs, customs and traditions of the Polish settlers and their descendants...and to inspire, engage, and educate our visitors."   

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