Director’s College Event — Shades of Downton Abbey: Irish Domestics in Connecticut

DOMESTIC-1-OCONNELLOn Wednesday, March 25, the Farmington Libraries will host the editor of the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society’s newsletter, The Shanachie, Neil Hogan, for a talk on Irish Domestics in Connecticut. This event will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Farmington Main Library at 6 Monteith Drive.

Faced with starvation in their native land, a multitude of brave Irish women faced the perils of an Atlantic crossing during the 1800s in the hope of becoming domestic servants in the United States. Thousands landed, lived, and worked in Connecticut, resulting in drama occasionally reminiscent of scenes from “Downton Abbey.”

Neil Hogan, editor of the Connecticut Irish-American Historical Society’s newsletter, “The Shanachie,” will share research and stories collected as part of the Society’s ongoing oral history project.

The Director’s College is an ongoing series at the Farmington Libraries, the aim of which is to present interesting and intellectual programs for our community. These events strive to cover a wide range of areas including, but not limited to, professorial lectures, performing arts events, travelogues, and topics of local interest.

This event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required for the Director’s College program. Please call 860-673-6791 for details or register using this link.

The Farmington Library is part of the Farmington Village Green and Library Association. If you have special needs to attend library programs, contact the library in advance.

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