Kashubian Americans

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Kashubian Americans
Total population
Less than 300[1]
Regions with significant populations
American English, Kashubian, Polish
Related ethnic groups
Other Kashubians • Polish Americans • Texan Silesians • Czech Americans • Slovak Americans • Sorbian Americans

Kashubian Americans are Americans of Kashubian descent.[2][3]


The two earliest Kashubian American settlements in the United States were centered around Winona, Minnesota, and Portage County, Wisconsin. The Winona settlement included the Minnesota town of Pine Creek and the Wisconsin towns of Dodge, Fountain City, and Trempealeau. The Portage County settlement included the Wisconsin towns of Hull, Polonia, and Sharon.[4] The Winona settlement is traditionally dated to 1855, but actually began in 1859.[5] The Portage County settlement can be definitively traced back to 1858. Winona is dubbed the "Kashubian Capital of America" because of the large population of Kashubians there.[2][6]

After the American Civil War and the German Kulturkampf from 1848 to 1884, Kashubians emigrated to the United States in three waves through the Kashubian region. While some headed for the Winona area and for Portage County, many Kashubians wound up living in major urban centers such as Buffalo, Detroit, Chicago, and Milwaukee. A smaller number of Kashubians settled in small farming communities scattered throughout Minnesota, North Dakota, and Montana.[7] By the turn of the century, Kashubian Americans tended to identify themselves completely as Polish Americans, although in Winona at least the Kashubian language would survive for another generation or two.[8]

Notable people[edit]

  • Paul Breza
  • Jan Romuald Byzewski
  • Jozef Cieminski
  • Hieronim Derdowski
  • Antoni Klawiter
  • Jakub W.J. Pacholski
  • Anne Pellowski
  • Paul Peter Rhode
  • See also[edit]

    Further reading[edit]

    • Amerykanie kaszubskiego pochodzenia : zagadnienia wybrane. Studia Pelplińskie, Tom 34 (2003) s. 163–247. Władysław Szulist
    • Turkowski, Jeffery. [Kashubians in Detroit.] [Rodziny], Polish Genealogical Society of America, Spring 2022. 19–26.
    • Radzilowski, John. The Eagle and The Cross: The History of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America. (Columbia University Press, New York 2003)


    1. ^ "Table 1. First, Second, and Total Responses to the Ancestry Question by Detailed Ancestry Code: 2000". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-06-20.
    2. ^ a b Institute, Polish Cultural (11 January 2018). "The Kashubian Polish Community of Southeastern Minnesota". Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved 11 January 2018 – via Google Books.
    3. ^ see Fr. Władysław Szulist, Kaszubi w Ameryce: szkice i materiały, Wejherowo 2005.
    4. ^ Albert Hart Sanford (1908). ""Polish People of Portage County," in Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1907". State Historical Society of Wisconsin. pp. 259–288.
    5. ^ "First Settlement in Winona: 1859". Bambenek.org. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
    6. ^ "Kashubian Capital of America –". Bambenek.org. Retrieved 2017-07-21.
    7. ^ Szulist, Kaszubi w Ameryce: szkice i materiały.
    8. ^ "Polish Cultural Institute & Museum, Winona MN - Kashubian Culture". polishmuseumwinona.org.