Omaha Heritage & Culturefest Center
Founded March 30, 2002
Longtime Omaha politicians Bernice Labdez and the late Geroge Buglewicz will be the first people named to the Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska's new Hall of Fame.
In honor of the two, the organization wil have an open house and display memorabilia of their public lives from 10 AM to 1130 AM Sunday at the Polish Heritage Society of Nebraska Museum in the St. Francis of Assisi Convent at 4513 S. 32nd St.
Labedz, whose maiden anme is Koziol, served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1976 until 1992. She won a spot on the Douglas County Board in 1992 and was reelected in 1996. Seh resigned in 1997 for health reasons.
"Her affection for her Polish heritage was obvious in her many activities at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and at the South Omaha Polish Home," said Nancy Schlesiger, Polish Heritage Society secretary.
Buglewicz served three terms as the Douglas County Register of Deeds, from 1985 to 1997. He served four terms on the Douglas County Board, form 1967 to 1983. He died July 26, 1997, at the age of 74.
Buglewicz's Polish-American identity was so well-known that when he retired from the County Board, the board gave him a recognition plaque in Polish.
-OWH, p. 8B, October 25, 2003
Poland along with 9 other nations became part of the EU on May 1, 2004. With a population of 38.2 million, 20% unemployment, and a average monthly wage of $640, Poland was about to undergo one of the most dramatic changes since WWII. Since 1989, Poland has made steady progress in free market economic reforms and transformed the agribusiness sector despite 45 years of communist rule.
-OWH, Business, p. D1, March 14, 2004