Thaddeus V. Gromada – Tatra Highlander Folk Culture in Poland and America

Tatra Highlander Folk Culture in Poland and America ThaddeusNEW BOOK ANNOUNCEMENT from Tatra Eagle Press February 2012


Collected Essays from “The Tatra Eagle”

Thaddeus V. Gromada

ISBN 978-0-9849187-06 LCCN 2011944986

The sixty-fifth anniversary of The Tatra Eagle is what prompted the compilation of this book, Tatra Highlander Folk Culture in Poland and America. It contains a collection of essays that appeared over the span of more than half century in this unique quarterly publication devoted to the folk culture of the Tatra Mountain region in Poland and to the Tatra highlanders (górale) who brought this culture to America in the late 19 century and early 20th century. The essays were authored by Thaddeus V. Gromada, who founded and co-edits this periodical with his sister Jane Gromada Kedron. He was smitten by the folk culture of his immigrant parents Jan and Aniela Gromada that has had a significant impact on the “high” culture of Poland. His essays were designed to spread the “good news” of the richness of this folk culture not only to persons of Polish góral origin but to all people interested in cultural pluralism and in getting a new and refreshing perspective on Polish culture.

The essays in the book are divided into five parts: a. Introduction b. Podhale, Poland’s “Mystical Altar”, c. Górale and American Polonia, d. The Gromada Family and Góral Folk Culture in America, and e. Profiles of Eminent Personalities.


“A sentimental and illuminating collection of insights about a unique mountain region of Poland which pulsates with invigorating mountain air, native patriotism, regional culture, distinctive traditions, and physical beauty characteristic both of its landscape and of its people. Engaging to read, educational to absorb, it is the product of genuine scholarship and personal affection on the part of its editor, a distinguished Polish-American educator with deep family roots in the Tatra Highlands.”

Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center of Strategic and International Studies. National Security Advisor under President Carter

“There are many reasons to read this book. Part family memoir, part the story of a diasporic community, and part a history of USA and Polish relations, , Tatra Highlander Folk Culture in Poland and America, is first and foremost a story about human struggles and triumphs. Drawing from sixty-five years of the quarterly ,The Tatra Eagle, this book is a singular accomplishment that captures the story of the górale, the people from the Polish Tatra Mountains, the beautiful alpine region in the south of Poland on the border with Slovakia. I personally have found the book to be an invaluable source of information about Central Europe and ultimately about the many diasporic communities that are so vital to the USA. This collection in a single volume of Gromada’s best articles is a real treasure.”

Timothy J. Cooley, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of California, Santa Barbara


About the Author

Thaddeus V. Gromada received his Ph.D. in East Central European History at Fordham University. He is Professor Emeritus of European History at New Jersey City University. He served as Executive Director of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America from 1991 to 2011 and its President from 2008 to 2011. Member of the Editorial Board of The Polish Review; editor and contributor of several books and author of many articles in scholarly journals dealing with Polish-Czech-Slovak relations, Immigration and Ethnic History and Polish Tatra folk culture. He is founder and co-edtor with his sister Jane Gromada Kedron of the quarterly, The Tatra Eagle (Tatrzański Orzeł). Elected honorary member of the Związek Podhalan (Highlanders Alliance) in Poland as well as in America. In 2000 he received the Commander’s Cross of Merit from the President of Poland.

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