Kinga Galecki: ‘Preserve and let history live on’

Published: 9/22/2022 9:54:39 PM
‘Preserve and let history live on’

I am writing this letter in support of the O’Connell Development Group’s request for $500,000 in Community Preservation Act funding to save St. John Cantius Church from demolition, to restore the exterior of the church to historic preservation standards and to provide the city with a permanent historic preservation easement.

My name is Kinga Galecki. I am a first generation American with parents from Poland. Within the local Polish community, there is a strong attachment to St. John Cantius and the history of our presence in the valley. My father, Christopher Galecki, grew up in Poland and relocated to America at just 7 years old to live with his grandmother in Hadley. They drove to Northampton to attend mass at St. John Cantius.

This church was so unique from other churches in the area. The architecture was so grandiose, it felt like he was still in Poland. He has so many amazing memories as a child at St. John Cantius, associating with fellow Polish community members. When my father drives by the church, he recalls all those wonderful memories with his grandmother.

I recently traveled to Rome and observed the monuments and historic buildings which enhanced its character and charm. All of the old churches and buildings were repurposed with apartments, venues and restaurants.

Preserving the exterior structure of the church will bring delight to the people of Northampton and those who were part of this parish. Does the city of Northampton want to destroy their culturally enriched town? Preserve and let history live on. Please, Northampton, support the request of CPA funding.

Kinga Galecki


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