Polish National Alliance (PNA) Lodges
By Dr. Paul S. Valasek
PolishRoots is proud to be able to bring you this list of lodges of the Polish National Alliance (PNA), Zwiazek Narodowy Polski (ZNP) in Polish. The database was compiled from lists provided to PolishRoots by officers of the PNA and is meant to assist in researching our ancestors' participation in organized Polonia. These lodges, also known as societies and groups, began with lodge #1 in Philadelphia at the organization of the Polish National Alliance on February 15, 1880. This initial lodge was soon followed by lodges 2, 3, 4, and 5 in Chicago, 6 in La Crosse, WI, 7 in San Francisco and 9 in Cleveland, all founded by October of 1880.
The original list is 90% in Polish, and PolishRoots has translated it for the use of our many non-Polish speaking researchers. We would like to extend a very sincere thank you to Jerry Kucharski and Malgorzata Kot for their efforts in translating both lodge names and status of each lodge. The lodge names are reflective of past times, attitudes, and ideals of Poles at the time each individual lodge was formed.
For those researchers who have additional information on the formation of these lodges, as well as any past or current addresses, please contact PolishRoots so that we may be able to add to our understanding of Polish fraternalism.
For information on the Names behind the lodge names, check out our Biographies.
Copyright © 2001 Dr. Paul S. Valasek, Donald A. Szumowski. All rights reserved.