Springfield Museums Events June
Museums à la Carte Lecture
June 20th, 12:15 pmGeneral Museum Event
The Irish Immigration Experience in the Valley
Guy McLain, director, Wood Museum of Springfield History
Two great social revolutions transformed America in the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution and the Great Migration from Europe to the United States. The Irish were the first group to enter the Connecticut River Valley in large numbers. By 1850 the Irish already represented more than 15% of the population of Springfield. This lecture will explore the story of the Irish-American community in the Valley from the very first settlers to the period in the early twentieth century when the Irish community is firmly established in the fabric of the city and the region. Their will be a discussion of the suffering and the struggles of Irish forced to work in difficult conditions in the mills, as well as the course of anti-Irish prejudice. The lives of some of this group’s most outstanding citizens will be highlighted.
$2 members; $4 nonmembers
Davis Auditorium, Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.
The audience is invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the program; cookies and beverage are provided.
Sponsored by Big Y.
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