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|Genealogy Event - Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans|
Event Type: Adults|
Age Group(s): Adults
Start Time: 7:00 PM
End Time: 8:30 PM
Casey Stewart discusses “The Great Hunger and the Ethnic Cleansing of Ireland in the 19th Century” at 7 p.m., Monday, March 20, at the East Bank Regional Library, 4747 W. Napoleon Ave., Metairie.Library: East Bank Regional Library Map
Stewart’s presentation is part of the regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans. It is free-of-charge and is open to the public. Registration is not required.
The Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration in Ireland between 1845 and 1852. During the famine, an estimate one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's population to fall by between 20% and 25%.
The cause of the Great Famine was potato blight which ravaged potato crops throughout Europe during the 1840s. However, the impact in Ireland was disproportionate, as one third of the population was dependent on the potato.
The famine was a watershed in the history of Ireland which was then part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The famine and its effects permanently changed the island's demographic, political and cultural landscape. It became a rallying point for home rule and independence movements.
Stuart worked for more than 30 years in the pharmaceutical industry and retired in 2003. After retiring, he went to Tulane University where he earned a Master Degree in Preservation Studies. He currently teaches a course on Historical New Orleans at The Sharing Program at St. Francis Xavier Church in Metairie and has previously taught New Orleans History for The People Program of New Orleans. He is President of the Louisiana Landmarks Society and Second Vice-President of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans. He is a specialist in the architectural history of New Orleans, and he has lectured extensively on New Orleans history and architecture topics and on the historic cemeteries of New Orleans.
The Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans was established in 1960 to foster an interest in family research and to encourage preservation of genealogical records in New Orleans, and in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast south. Since January, 1962 the Society has published a quarterly, New Orleans Genesis, which is available to its members. The society welcomes new members and encourages their participation at its lecture meetings held in the months of March, April, May, September, October and November.
Location: Jefferson & Napoleon Rooms
Contact: Chris Smith
Contact Number: 504-889-8143
Presenter: Chris Smith