Presenter: Mr Greg Witul
For the past 125 years the Broadway Market has been a social, political, religious and cultural hub of Buffalo’s Polish community. Established in 1888, the Market began its life as a multicultural venue catering to Buffalo’s German, Jewish, and Polish communities. But even at this early point the Market began to be defined by the culture and heritage of the Poles.
In Gregory Witul’s presentation The Broadway Market as a Bastion of Polish Traditions, he will show how the Market has preserved, nurtured and expanded the traditions of Poland. Included in the presentation will be an account of how Market vendors prepared for Wigilia in 1888, the transition of the Market from a multiethnic Market into a Polish market, how the Market served as an arena by politicians to appeal to the East-Side’s Polish community and the Markets ability to propagate traditions of Polonia and in time become part of that tradition.
Gregory Witul is a historian who has focused much of his research of Buffalo’s Polish-American community. Mister Witul’s research has been published by Western New York Heritage, the University of Buffalo and the Polish Genealogical Society of New York State. He currently writes a weekly historical column for the Am-Pol Eagle Newspaper and is working on a book chronicling the history of Buffalo’s Broadway Market.