Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America: a Book Talk

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Yorkville and the Upper East Side are well known throughout their respective histories for a mix of Gold Coast Patricians to the west as well as German, Czech, Slovak and Hungarian immigrants to the far-east. However, dispersed throughout both of these areas between opulent Fifth Avenue and the commercial and industrial East River waterfront was a large population of Irish Immigrants and their families through the 19th and early 20th Centuries. This event will shed a light on the lives of Irish Americans on the Upper East Side and other parts of Manhattan through the lens of the history of Archbishop John Hughes, a nearly mythic figure and Irish community leader.
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Acclaimed biographer and local Upper East Side instructor John Loughery will give a lecture based on his recent book Dagger John: Archbishop John Hughes and the Making of Irish America. “Dagger” John Hughes was an infamous Irish-American figure who — in the face of bias against the Irish community — was an organizer, community advocate, and fiercely outspoken evangelist representing the Irish in America. Between founding Fordham University, a Jesuit Catholic University in the Bronx, and demanding the construction of the now-cherished St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown, Hughes was a revered (and feared) power broker for his community in Manhattan and beyond. Books will be for sale following the talk.

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Wednesday March 20th 
6:30 p.m.
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American Irish Historical Society
991 Fifth Avenue
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$15 FRIENDS and AIHS members, $25 non-members
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To verify your current membership status, please call 212-535-2526
or email us at info@friends-ues.org.
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36th Annual Meeting and
Awards Ceremony

Image: The Venetian Room at 972 Fifth Avenue, Beowulf Sheehan, 2018

We are pleased to hold our 36th Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony at The Cosmopolitan Club. The Regency Revival-style building was designed by architect Thomas Harlan Ellett in 1932 and is a fitting setting to recognize the fine restoration, renovation, and advocacy work on the Upper East Side over the past year.

Please join us in celebrating our awardees at this momentous occasion!

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
The Cosmopolitan Club
122 East 66th Street
6:30 p.m.

*Proper attire is required (jackets for men and attire of similar formality for women).

2019 AWARD RECIPIENTS

 
Renaissance Award
The Venetian Room, Cultural Services of the French Embassy
Yorkville Heritage Award
245 East 78th Street
Good Neighbor Award
Wankel’s Hardware
Streetscape Innovation Award
Urban Umbrella
Exterior Restoration Award
755 Park Avenue
Good Stewardship Award
Carl Schurz Park Conservancy

MEMBERS ONLY, RSVP REQUIRED
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To become a member, visit our membership page.

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These programs are supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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