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Railroads and Minnesota Polonia

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am CST

Railroads had a strong influence on the settlement of Polish immigrants in Minnesota during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. As land grants became available, railroads were involved in recruiting immigrants to Minnesota towns and villages along rail lines. Railroads also provided jobs for many immigrants, and had an impact on the economic growth of towns by providing new markets for sending and receiving goods. 

This program will provide you with insight into the development, expansion, and influence of railroads in Minnesota and how they impacted the lives of our immigrant ancestors. 


About the Speaker: A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Joe Hughes retired last year after 34 years of service as Professor of Classical Languages at Missouri State University. He now resides in his parents’ hometown of Winona, Minnesota where he continues to research his Kashubian Polish heritage. He is a member of the PGS-MN website and newsletter teams, and is a lifelong railroad fanatic.


Location: This program will be held virtually via Zoom. A meeting notice to all PGS-MN members will be sent approximately one week prior.


Photo courtesy of MNHS Digital Collections, www.mnhs.org.


March 5
10:00 am - 11:30 am CST


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