Rochester Post Bulletin writer Tom Weber wrote an article on Winona’s Kashubian Polish history as part of the newspaper’s “Then and Now” series. Winona was one time known as the Kashubian capital of America due to the number of Kashubians that settled in Winona. The Kashubians came from Poland but spoke their own dialect and left the region in the 1850’s to find work and opportunity in the United States.
“By 1900, 5,000 Poles, mostly Kashubes, lived in Winona. The Winona neighborhood where many of these newcomers settled was known as “Warsaw,” and Winona was proclaimed the “Kashubian Capital of America.”
The heritage and stories of the Kashubian community has been preserved at the Polish Museum which is located at 102 Liberty Street. “The museum, fittingly enough, is located in what was once the office building of a lumber yard where so many of these immigrants worked.”