The Oneida County History Center will host an Irish Tea Fundraiser on Saturday March 11, 2017 at 1 pm. This event features hot beverages, finger foods, desserts, door prizes, and more. Entertainment includes a vocal performance by Rachel DePalma, and presentations by Utica City Historian Lou Parrotta and Sister Maureen Deen. This event is co-sponsored by the Anchor Light Inn (Sylvan Beach), Anchor Heating (Utica), and Betty Abel-Jellencich. Continue reading
In the 19th century extremely violent conflicts took place between mostly Northern Irish Protestants (Orangemen) and Irish Catholics. The Orange Riot of 1870 began on July 12 (known as Marching Day in Northern Ireland), when a parade was held in Manhattan by Irish Protestants celebrating the victory at the Battle of the Boyne of William III, the King of England and Prince of Orange, over James II in 1690. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast, T. Martin Bennett, author of Wounded Tiger (Onstad Press, 2016). The book is based on the life of Mitsuo Fuchida, the Japanese pilot who led the attack on Pearl Harbor who later converted to Christianity and whose children live in the United States.
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This week on “The Historians” podcast, Christopher Kelly talks about the Romans, Garibaldi, Mussolini and more in discussing his latest book with Stuart Laycock, Italy Invades: How the Italians Conquered the World (Network, 2016.) Listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
The military story of the Sackets Harbor Battlefield Site is widely known, but the lives of those who served there as non-combatants are less well known. Nora Hunt and Clara Hastings led quite different lives from the Commandant’s family at the Navy Yard in 1860. Their experiences coincide with other young Irish female immigrant domestics in the northeast United States, as Margaret Lynch-Brennan relates through her research.
Lynch-Brennan presents: The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930 on Thursday July 7 at 7:30pm in the site’s picnic pavilion. This free program from the New York Council for the Humanities is made possible through the Public Scholars program, supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Continue reading
On Tuesday, April 14, 1903, an Irish woman named Frances Connors leaned out of her window from the fifth floor tenement house at 743 East 11th Street on Avenue D, New York City, and discovered a man’s body stashed inside a wooden barrel.
The man, who sported a thick mustache speckled with gray hairs and a scar shaped like the letter ‘v’ on his left cheek, had been viciously stabbed, his neck almost severed from side to side. Inspectors on the scene had an inkling the man was one of the many Italian immigrants who had recently made their way into New York, and who perhaps had become involved with La Mala Vita, the bad life. Continue reading
This week on “The Historians” podcast Albany Times Union reporter Paul Grondahl talks about his recent series of articles on the history of immigration in the Capital District. You can listen to the podcast here. Continue reading
Lowell Thing’s book The Street that Built a City: McEntee’s Chestnut Street, Kingston, and the Rise of New York (Black Dome, 2015) takes a look at the city of New York and the street that built it — or much of it. The street is on a quiet hilltop overlooking the Hudson River a hundred miles north of New York’s harbor.
Chestnut Street’s first resident, James McEntee, was an engineer who helped build the Delaware and Hudson Canal, which brought millions of tons of coal from Pennsylvania to the port at Rondout to be hauled down the Hudson River on barges pulled by steamboats belonging to another Chestnut Street resident, Samuel Coykendall, to fuel a rapidly growing New York City. Seven owners of brickyards lived on the street, and their hundreds of millions of bricks rose skyward in New York while bluestone slabs shipped from nearby Wilbur paved the city’s sidewalks. Continue reading
In Crossing Broadway Washington: Heights and the Promise of New York City (Cornell University Press, 2014), Robert W. Snyder explores New York City in the 1970s.
When the South Bronx burned and the promise of New Deal New York and postwar America gave way to despair, the people of Washington Heights at the northern tip of Manhattan were increasingly vulnerable.
The Heights had long been a neighborhood where generations of newcomers — Irish, Jewish, Greek, African American, Cuban, and Puerto Rican — carved out better lives in their adopted city. But as New York City shifted from an industrial base to a service economy, new immigrants from the Dominican Republic struggled to gain a foothold. This was followed by the crack epidemic of the 1980s, and the drug wars. Continue reading
The first Western-trained Chinese physician to practice in the U.S. lived most of his life in Brooklyn, where he established America’s first modern hospital for Chinese patients. A strong civil rights advocate at a time when his community could boast few of them, he spoke out frequently and forcefully against the injustices to which Chinese in America were subjected.
China-born Joseph Chak Thoms (1862-1929), known in his native Cantonese dialect as Tom Ah Jo, arrived in California as a teenager in the mid-1870s. He had a gift for language and soon mastered English with hardly an accent. After being baptized by a Presbyterian missionary – which earned him a beating from his uncle – he took a job as a cabin boy and sailed around the world on a steamer, visiting Japan and India before returning to America. Continue reading