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Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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Tuesday, October 15: “”, 7 pm, Main Branch of the Library:   Not much as been written about the Irish in the local histories of Lebanon Township. In 1888, one of the earliest newspaper references to "Irishtown", in connection with Glen Gardner, appeared in the Hunterdon Republican. Another source described Irishtown as a small settlement of Irish families along present day Route 31, between Glen Gardner and High Bridge. The term "small" is misleading.  During the period 1845 -1852, large numbers of Irish, fleeing persecution and starvation in Ireland, emigrated to factory towns like Glen Gardner, High Bridge, Clinton and Lambertville seeking refuge and employment.  By 1866, the area's Irish population was so large that the congregation of nearby St. Ann's Catholic church numbered over a thousand. As late as 1901, Glen Gardner's local newspaper, The Weekly Avalanche, noted that, the factory and local businesses of Glen Gardner were closed on St. Patrick's Day. This presentation by local historian and author Charlie Speierl will explore the social, ethnic and economic history of Glen Gardner, and its little known Irish community, during the 19th century. Causes and factors leading to the Irish diaspora and settlement will also be discussed with this interesting Powerpoint presentation that includes period photos and illustrations.  

Free with free refreshments.
Reservations recommended.



Have questions about GLEN GARDNER/IRISHTOWN? Contact Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee

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Main Branch of the County Library
314 Route 12
Flemington, NJ 08822

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Hunterdon Tricentennial Committee

The Hunterdon County Tricentennial Committee is a Not-For-Profit Corporation created for Hunterdon County's 300th birthday celebration and historical education in 2014.

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