Steve Marino, “Here’s the church, here’s the steeple, open the door and see all the people: Newport’s early Irish community and Rhode Island’s first Catholic church.”

The 1820s were tough times for Newport. No longer was the harbor the international entrepôt that it had been during the colonial era. The mills along Thames Street were yet to be built and summer visitors were scarce. Yet, in 1828 Benedict Fenwick, Bishop of Boston, procured a lot of land with a schoolhouse on

Joseph Lennon, PhD, “Famine Memories: Terence MacSwiney’s 1920 Hunger Strike”

One hundred years ago, in 1920, daily newspapers around the world told the story of the starvation of a man. That man, Terence MacSwiney, the Lord Mayor of Cork, eventually died in England’s Brixton prison after a seventy-four day fast. The release of his corpse, his funeral, and a series of international commemorations held the