The Irish in New England is a three-day conference of seventeen lectures on the Irish presence in New England, from the early eighteenth century to the middle of the twentieth. Beginning with issues of immigration and the Irish diaspora, the program addresses the work typically associated with foreign-born Irish families: railroad building, domestic service, and groundskeeping. Other sessions deal with Irish-born merchants and mariners; Revolutionary-period Irish loyalty and law enforcement; Irish suffrage; and folklore and memory. The conference concludes with a session on the growth of Irish neighborhoods and charitable societies, and the work of Irish craftsmen, artists, and entertainers.
An optional program on Irish genealogy will be offered on Friday afternoon, 2 to 4:30 p.m., by Marie Daly and Judith Lucey of NEHGS, entitled, “A Virtual Way to Tipperary: Researching Irish Ancestors Online.”
The seminar program is available online
. To register, visit the website
or print the program and complete and mail the last page to Historic Deerfield. Reservations are limited and will be accepted in the order received, and must arrive on or before June 10. For information and phone reservations, contact Julie Orvis Marcinkiewicz at 413-775-7179 or email@example.com.