Part of the Historical Essay Series, this essay focuses on the
Polish communities of Lincoln County, Wilno and Ivanhoe, and immigrants'
trip from halfway around the world to a new life. It provides a
history on the first settlements and describes the meshing of cultures.
"People have traveled more miles, but few have
The Historical Essay Series is edited by Dr. Joseph
Amato, former director of Rural Studies, with the assistance
of Donata DeBruyckere, Janice Louwagie, and Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski.
It is published by the Southwest Minnesota State University History
Department, the History Club, the History
Center, and the Rural Studies program. It is partially sponsored
and distributed by the Society for the Study of Local and Regional
History. Assisting with the publication are Southwest Minnesota
State University Word Processing Center and Duplicating Services.
John Radzilowski attended Southwest Minnesota State University,
where he recieved a B.A. in history. This essay was originally published
in Polish American Studies. It is excerpted, in part, from
the author's book, "Out on the Wind:" Poles and Danes
in Lincoln County, Minnesota, 1880-1905.