2018 Polish Family of the Year


The Polish Cultural Institute and Museum has announced its person/family of the year award and will be honoring the Cichanowski families of Winona. A banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, at the Polish Museum Annex, 363 East Second Street. The public is invited to the banquet and includes a traditional Polish roast pork dinner. A special dietary meal is available with advanced notice. Tickets are $15 and are available at Midtown Foods or the museum office, 102 Liberty Street.

John Cichanowski was the first of the Cichanowskis to arrive in Winona in 1872 from Poland. He settled in the city and quietly started a family. Felix was the first child born in the United States and he grew up learning the trade as barber and watch maker. Learning the difficult English language was mastered in grade school as he was a quick learner.

The following generations continued in a pattern of involvement in the community while being raised by their families to be outstanding citizens.

Today, grandchildren, Michael, Gerald, and Mary are reflections of these values and continue to give to Winona: Mike as a businessman, Gerald as a university professor, and Mary as an accountant.

The Polish Cultural Institute recognizes these families for having outstanding qualities that have made Winona a great place to live and call home.


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