Take a multimedia look at the history and culture of the Irish of New York from their immigrant beginnings to the present day. To escape religious persecution, poverty, and famine, waves of Irish immigrants arrived in New York from the 18th century on. By the mid-19th century, one-quarter of the City's population was Irish. Their journeys are reflected in the shared experiences of all immigrants coming to America.
Tara Rider earned her Ph.D. in history from SUNY Stony Brook, where she is now the director of their international academic programs to both Ireland and England.
The Church of St. Brigid was built in 1848 by Irish immigrants for those fleeing the Great Famine
Co-sponsored by the Merchant's House Museum
This Public Scholars event, which is free and open to the public, is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This event is fully accessible.