Legion of Young Polish Women
Members of the Legion of Young Polish Women pose with an ambulance they donated for the Polish war effort in 1940.
Our newest digital exhibit, Legion of Young Polish Women, is now open! Created in commemoration of the organization's 75th anniversary, this exhibit focuses on the philanthropic and social history of the Legion of Young Polish Women, a Chicago women's organization founded in 1939. The exhibit traces the Legion's history through the use of newspapers, correspondence, photographs, and administrative documents from the Legion of Young Polish Women records held at the archives. In the final section of the exhibit, audio and video interviews with Legion members and supporters to explore how the Legion of Young Polish Women has continued to remain a vital part of Chicago’s Polish-American community and what it means to its members.
The exhibit was created by Public Historian Laura Pearce with support and additional assistance from Kahlee Leingang, a graduate student in Public History and Library Science at North Carolina State University. Funding for the Legion of Young Polish Women exhibit was provided by the Legion of Young Polish Women and the University Libraries, Loyola University Chicago.