The presentation is free and open to the public, and handicap-accessible. Refreshments will be served following the program.
Vince Feeney has written books on Vermont and contributed to both the Vermont Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of the Irish in America.
Additionally, he is a former president of the Chittenden Historical Society.
The Irish "Wave" in Vermont presentation will encompass the following: isolated examples of the Irish in very early Vermont, focusing on Matthew Lyon; post-1815 Irish coming to Vermont via Canada and settling in places such as Burlington, Fairfield, Castleton, Moretown and Underhill; the flood of famine Irish who arrived in Vermont in the 1840s - 1850s, attracted by jobs in railroading and the extractive industries of slate and marble; and patterns of settlement with some statistics on Pawlet.
Feeney will also touch on how the native Vermonters perceived the Irish and how the Civil War impacted Yankee-Irish relations in Vermont.
This presentation is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
In addition to programs such as this one, the VHC sponsors reading and discussion programs, a wide variety of literacy programs, and other events statewide.