Luttrellstown Castle

Luttrellstown Castle

A year ago, my aunt and I traveled to Ireland to learn more about our Irish roots (and to attend a friend's wedding). We ate fish and chips at Reel Dingle Fish Co., took a detour along the scenic Conor Pass, saw the Book of Kells and the Book of Durrow at Trinity College and went on a literary [...]

A Shower Bouquet of Roses

A Shower Bouquet of Roses

St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Church The patron saint of Poland is Saint Hedwig of Silesia. The Marczynski family lived at 17 St. Hedwig's Avenue in Dunkirk, New York, attended St. Hedwig's Roman Catholic Church and studied at St. Hedwig's Catholic School; naturally, Casimir and Mary named their third daughter Hedwig. Hedwig Adrianna Marczynski was born [...]

From Poland to New York

From Poland to New York

On July 20, 1907, Maryanna Witkowska departed from Hamburg, Germany on the SS Lutterworth, listing her destination as "Dunkirk, NY." She was making the journey from Czarnowo, Poland to marry a man she had never met and to become a stepmother to his seven children. Casimir Marczynski's wife, Mary, had contracted typhoid fever and died at [...]