Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series

Thank you for your interest in our Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, now in its 20th season. For information about each talk, including videotapes of many of the lectures, please scroll down. To access information for the 18th Annual and prior series, click on the green labeled bars.

We are delighted to announce that our Crowley Lecture for  Newport Irish Heritage Month will explore the life of Patrick J. Boyle, 17-time and first Irish mayor of Newport (1860-1923). Our presenter will be local historian, researcher, tour guide, and past Crowley Lecture guest speaker, Steve Marino. With generous support from BankNewport, the talk will be presented Wednesday, March 23 at 6:00 p.m. at the Wayfinder Hotel in Newport and virtually via Zoom. See below for details and links to reserve.

To reach the Lecture Series Coordinator, please write to NewportIrishHistory@gmail.com

  • 2021 -2022 Series (20th Annual)

    Steve Marino, “The Life and Times of Patrick J. Boyle, Newport’s First Irish Mayor”

    March 23 @ 6:00 pm In person at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom
    Lecture made possible by a generous gift from BankNewport
    Bank Newport

    recording coming soon, please check back

    To register, select an option below

    To Register to attend the lecture and reception to follow in person you must be fully vaccinated. A $5 donation, payable at the door, is requested.

    NOTE: As capacity for the in-person presentation at the Wayfinder Hotel is limited, priority for seats will be given to members of the Museum. If you’d like to attend the lecture and reception to follow in person, and are not currently a member, please consider joining by visiting the “Membership” page on this website. Those who join to attend the lecture in person will have the $5 per person lecture fee waived.

    To Register to participate via Zoom (no fee):

    Questions about this lecture?  Click below to email Ann Arnold

    Dr. Elizabeth Stack, “Irish Women in the American Labor Movement”

    February 22 @ 6:00 pm via Zoom
    Thanks to all who joined us for Dr. Stack’s wonderful presentation.  The talk was taped and the link to the recording is now available on this page (click “Video” button).

    Dr. Debra A. Mulligan, “Cheers to Eire: The Political Life of J. Howard McGrath”

    Lecture made possible by a generous gift from Francis “Frank” Furtado, given in memory of his wife, Barbara Carr Furtado

    November 15 @ 6:00 pm

    In person at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom

    Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan and Ms. Leslie B. Jones, “The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930,  With Spotlight on Irish Servants of the Newport Mansions”

    Lecture made possible by a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

    October 25 @ 6:00 pm

    In person at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom

    NEW!  The link to the recording of the Oct. 25 lecture  is now live.

    Dr. John Quinn and Mr. Keith Stokes,  “Shared Spaces: The Irish and African Heritage Experience in Gilded Age Newport”

    Lecture made possible by a generous gift from Virginia Pittsley, given in memory of her husband, Bill Pittsley, and their son, Jay Pittsley

    September 13 @ 6:00 pm

    In person at the Wayfinder Hotel and via Zoom