Pejepscot Genealogical Society (Brunswick, ME) January 2015 Meeting Announcment

The History Of The Irish In Portland, Maine

The January meeting of the Pejepscot Genealogical Society (PGS) will be held in the Morrell Meeting Room of the Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, Maine on Sunday, January 11, 2014 at 2pm. The guest speaker will be Matthew Jude Barker discussing the history of the Irish in Portland.

The Irish have influenced the city of Portland since it was first established in the seventeenth century. Today's vibrant Catholic community owes its origins to Irish immigrants in Portland's earliest days, when beloved leaders like Father Ffrench provided solace to souls far from home. The church helped them adapt and adapted along with them, affecting the city in many ways. Portland's Irish faced discrimination, especially in the years before the Civil War, when anti-Irish sentiment surged and burnings and violence erupted, like the June 1855 Rum Riot. Despite this, many Portland Irish took up arms for the United States in the Civil War, and their participation in this conflict helped them become assimilated. Join local expert Matthew Jude Barker as he explores the triumphs and challenges of the Irish of Portland before the twentieth century.

Matthew Jude Barker is the president of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Portland, Maine. He is the editor of The Shamrock Connection, an Irish history newsletter, and a contributor to Portland magazine, Galway Roots journal and Discover Maine. He was a reference assistant at Maine Historical Society and is the writer and compiler ofThe Maine Irish Heritage Trail.

There will be a very limited number of copies of his book available for purchase and signing for those who are interested.

Everyone is invited to join to the group beginning with a brief social period before and after the speaker. A business meeting will follow. For more information contact Brian Bouchard, Program Coordinator at (207) 729-4098.

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