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Chris WisniewskiThe Preston Historical Society &
The Friends of the Preston Library Present:

An upcoming presentation by Chris Wisniewski, local author of Sto Lat, A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America and The Hurricane of 1938: Norwich Remembers the Storm of the Century.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the
VFW Post 9452 Reception Room located at 28 Spicer Road, Preston, Conn.

All are invited. Admission is free. Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Preston Historical Society and the Friends of the Preston Library.

Sto Lat, A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America is the story of a Polish couple who immigrated and built a life in Preston. In The Hurricane of 1938, Norwich Remembers the Storm of the Century, Chris shares first hand accounts of over 65 Norwich residents who lived through the storm. Don’t miss this great event!


The Hurricane of 1938:
Norwich remembers the Storm of the Century

Sto Lat: A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America by Chris WisniewskiThe Norwich Historical Society - News
November 29, 2013


The Bulletin and local author Chris Wisniewski are happy to offer a special hardcover book,The Hurricane of 1938: Norwich remembers the Storm of the Century,about the most destructive storm in New England history.
This unique heirloom-quality book features personal accounts from over 65 local residents and over 60 photographs, many never published before. Experience the storm through the eyes of your neighbors who lived through it.


Sto Lat: A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America by Chris Wisniewski story by the Norwich Historical Society

The Hurricane of 1938: Norwich Remembers the Storm of the Century by Chris Wisniewski The Bulletin
October, 2013

The Hurricane of 1938:
Norwich Remembers the Storm of the Century

Local author, Chris Wisniewski, and The Bulletin are offering a new book on the 1938 Hurricane. Read personal accounts from over 65 local residents. See over 60 photographs, many never published before. Experience the storm through the eyes of the people who lived through it. Learn more about the book, The Hurricane of 1938: Norwich Remembers the Storm of the Century.



The Preston Pipeline, Vol 3 Issue 1, Fall 2013

One Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family In America

In July, fifty members of the Wisniewski family gathered at the Preston Library to celebrate the release of the book "Sto Lat: One Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family In America" by Chris Wisniewski . . .  click to read more >>


Sto Lat: A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America by Chris Wisniewski

The Wisniewski family of Preston

The Norwich Historical Society - News
August 25, 2013


Fifty members of the Wisniewski family recently gathered in Preston to celebrate the release of the book "Sto Lat: A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family In America" by Chris Wisniewski. The book is an oral history of the story of Dominica and Wladyslaw Wisniewski who emigrated from Poland in the early 1900s to Norwich, and later moved out to a farm in Preston where they raised their 10 children.

Based on interviews with 8 of the 10 children, the book documents the way Polish immigrants lived in Southeastern Connecticut in the first half of the 1900s, including: daily life on the farm, daily chores, typical foods eaten, attending a one-room school house, Prohibition, the 1938 hurricane, WWII, and the ways the family maintained their Polish heritage and pride while assimilating into the American way of life.

The book is currently available in the Norwich area at the gift shops at Slater Museum and Backus Hospital.




newsmaker of the day: Chris Wisniewski
Preston native publishing book of family history

Sto Lat: A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America by Chris Wisniewski story by the Norwich Historical Society
The Norwich Bulletin - Compiled by James Mosher
August 9, 2013


In the news: Chris Wisniewski, 48, a Preston native who lives in Massachusetts, has written and published a book about her father’s family called “Sto Lat: A Hundred Years of the Wisniewski Family in America.” She is working on a book about her mother’s family . . .  click to read more >>



Sudbury company helps preserve family history

By Carole LaMond / Daily News correspondent
The MetroWest Daily News
January 3, 2011


SUDBURY — Chris Wisniewski and Stephanie Nichols are weavers of stories.

Together the two personal historians work with clients to gather the threads of memory and create a tapestry of a life. Saving Stories, the name of their Sudbury business, describes their goal: to preserve memories, milestones and personal history for future generations. "There is really a feeling that we are saving these stories, and that is a powerful feeling and a privilege," said Wisniewski . . .   click to read more >>



January 2011

Saving Stories - How to Capture and Pass Along Family Stories

Did you know we have a Winchester resident who escaped with her family from Prague in 1948? Her story has a surprising twist which will be revealed in this program. You, too, have important stories to tell, whether or not they’re this dramatic! If you take the time to get them into print, your family and friends will be eternally grateful.

With life experience comes the opportunity to pass along wisdom: What were the formative events of your life? What have been your greatest satisfactions and your greatest challenges? Do you have stories about earlier generations that will get lost if you don’t preserve them? The creation of a memoir will be the best gift you could give your children and grandchildren. It will also provide you an opportunity to reflect on your life, perhaps to see patterns or significance you haven’t fully perceived before.

Where: Jenks Center, 109 Skillings Rd, Winchester, MA 01890
Presentation by Saving Stories.


Saving Stories
is a member of the Association of Personal Historians

"Thank you so much for interviewing my mother and helping her to tell her story. You are the best at knowing what questions to ask, when to ask them and when to sit back and let someone express their history in their own way.

It is a wonderful gift to all of us!”

— Kevin D.