Immigrant, Archbishop, and Politician: John Hughes and the Rise of Irish New York
Thursday, March 13 at 6:30 pm
This evening of New York history and entertainment starts with a pair of dramatic readings: first, playwright and author Honor Molloy reads from Peter Quinn's Banished Children of Eve (1994), his acclaimed historical novel about Civil War-era New York, a divided immigrant city in which the fiery and outspoken Catholic bishop John Hughes plays a major role. Next, New York Times reporter and columnist Dan Barry reads a selection from historian Terry Golway's soon-to-be-published Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics (2014), which highlights Hughes as a voice for toleration and pluralism in a society riven by anti-immigrant bigotry. Musician and folklorist Mick Moloney then performs a rousing selection of popular and political songs from the period such as "No Irish Need Apply." And finally, to cap it all off, Quinn and Golway sit down with moderator and Museum Trustee Jim Quinn for a lively discussion about Hughes and his times.
Irish refreshments will be served.Golway’s Machine Made, Honor Molloy’s Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage (2012), Dan Barry’s City Lights: Stories about New York (2009),andPeterQuinn's Banished Children of Eve, as well as Quinn’s latest novel, Dry Bones (2013),will be available for purchase.
Co-sponsored by the Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc.
Free for Museum members; $12 students/seniors, $16 general public.