Polish Community in Salem
The Polish Community of Salem
"Refugees from Poland first came to Salem in the 1880s when the former maritime port became a leading industrial center. These immigrants often arrived with little more than the clothes on their backs and worked some of the most dangerous factory jobs. However, despite limited knowledge of the English language and American customs, they persevered to improve their lives and the lives of their children" according to the book, the Polish Community of Salem.
Many of the Polish immigrants found work in the thriving textile industry in Salem and found work at the Pequot Mills.
- Vertical File in Salem Collection - Immigrants to Salem (ethnic backgrounds & occupation trends)
- Polish Community of Salem F. Wilczenski, E. Murphy