Senator Lesser Named to Special Commission to Preserve Polish Heritage in the Pioneer Valley

“Polish immigrants, like so many other groups who came to Massachusetts, have helped shape the character of our communities,” Lesser said

BOSTON — Senate President Stan Rosenberg appointed Senator Eric P. Lesser to the Special Commission to Preserve Polish Heritage in the Pioneer Valley on Friday.

Lesser, who has Polish roots on his father’s side, will be one of two senators on the commission, which will also include three House members and five members appointed by the governor.

“Polish immigrants, like so many other groups who came to Massachusetts, have helped shape the character of our communities. Immigrants are an indelible piece of our identity, and I am particularly proud to help honor the contributions of Polish heritage to Chicopee, Ludlow and the entire Commonwealth,” Lesser said.

The commission will be tasked with promoting Polish cultural activities in Western Massachusetts that highlight the contributions people of Polish heritage have made and continue to make to the Pioneer Valley and the state. The special commission will also evaluate resources available to preserve and research Polish language, history, culture, genealogy, music and the immigrant experience.

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