The Polish American Historical Association (PAHA), founded in 1942, is a scholarly association dedicated to the study of Polish American history and culture. Originally a section of the larger Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, PAHA soon became an independent organization. On September 11, 1942, historian Oskar Halecki proposed an autonomous historical institution and chose Miecislaus Haiman of the Polish Museum of America in Chicago as its founding president. Since 1944, PAHA publishes Polish American Studies, an interdisciplinary journal focused primarily in social science and the humanities relating to American Polonia. It is edited by James S. Pula, who also edited PAHA's recent The Polish American Encyclopedia (McFarland Publishing, 2011). PAHA is recognized as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization (EIN 362729972) and is headquartered in New Britain, Connecticut, with a membership of scholars and individuals interested in Polish immigrant history from around the world. One of PAHA's main functions is to maintain liaison with scholars throughout the world and promote research. The organization also encourages and assists local Polish American programs. PAHA'S MISSION STATEMENT identifies the following goals: To promote the study of Polish American history and culture as part of the greater Polish diaspora; To encourage and disseminate scholarly research and publication on the Polish American experience in the fields of history, the social sciences, the humanities and the arts, and advance scholarly collaboration across disciplines; and To support collection and preservation of historical sources regarding the Polish past in America. The current Officers and Board of PAHA include Dr.
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