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.

Our last talk in the current series was Nov. 15, 2021.  We are now on hiatus from presentations through January 2022. Talks will resume in first quarter 2022.

We are pleased to announce that the Crowley Lecture during March 2022, Newport Irish Heritage Month, will explore the life of Patrick J. Boyle, 17-time mayor of Newport, who died in office in 1923.  Our presenter will be local historian, researcher, tour guide, and past Crowley Lecture guest speaker, Steve Marino. Details on this and other talks to come!

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

  • 2021 -2022 Series (20th Annual)

    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”

    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