Introduction to the Polish People

Presented by Elms College and The Polish Center of Discovery and Learning

During the spring of 2020, Elms College is partnering with the Polish Center Center of Discovery and Learning to offer this course. The goal is to provide participants with an overview of Polish History and culture, drawing on the galleries, special exhibits and archives of the Polish Center. Students will be introduced to major art, cultural, faith, literary and architectural traditions of the Polish people in both Poland and America.

The Polish Center is a unique museum and educational resource center originally established at Elms College in 1999. It is now located at 33 South Street. This exceptional facility acts as a “living monument”, safeguarding historical objects representative of the culture of the Polish people before 1950. The Center also aspires to assist individuals in locating essential information for research projects.

For further information regarding this course, please call the Division of Social Sciences at Elms College – 413-265-2323. The course is offered for credit or non-credit and is open to the general public.

Upcoming Genealogy Classes

The Western Mass Roots Team is on the road again!  Our Fall and early Winter class schedule is as follows:

The Richmond Public Library in Richmond, MA on Thursdays, September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 and 10.  Class times are 4 pm to 6 pm

The Berkshire Athenaeum in Pittsfield, MA on Tuesdays, October 15, 22, 29 and November 12 and 19.  There will be two sessions:  2 pm to 4 pm and 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm.

The North Adams Public Library on Mondays, November 25 and December 2, 9, 16 and 23.   Class times are 5:15 pm to 7:15 pm.

Registration and other information is available on our CLASSES page.  Watch our newsletter, website and Facebook page for updates.

Irish Language Classes in Chicopee, MA

In cooperation with Elms College, the Irish Cultural Center is pleased to offer a range of Irish classes for the 2019/2020 academic year.

To enroll for all classes, please download the registration form. Classes take place at Elms College in Chicopee. ICC Patrons receive a $50 discount.

First Year Irish non-credit
This course is focused on all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Beginner class – no prior study needed!
Mondays 6:00 – 8:00 pm: September 9 – December 9, 2019.
Taught by Gerald Costello. Cost is $150.

Second Year Irish non-credit
For students who have had one year of prior study, and are not yet ready to enroll in the Intermediate class.
Tuesdays 6:00 – 8:00 pm: September 10 – December 10, 2019.
Taught by Gerald Costello. Cost is $150.

Third Year Irish non-credit
For students who have had two years of prior study, and are not yet ready to enroll in the Intermediate class.
Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm: September 10 – December 10, 2019.
Taught by Kathleen Gilhooly. Cost is $150.

Fourth Year Irish non-credit
For students who have had three years of prior study, and are not yet ready to enroll in the Intermediate class.
Saturdays 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: September 7 – December 7, 2019.
Taught by Kathleen Gilhooly. Cost is $150.

Intermediate Irish: Advanced
 non-credit or credit
For advanced students who have had three or more years of prior study, to increase their reading, writing and conversation skills.
Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:30 pm: September 4 – December 4, 2019.
Taught by FLTA Yvonne De Faoite. Cost is $175.