Who was the Irish Bridget? What relevance does her story have to historic house museums? Scholar Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan will have the answers when she presents a Tea and Talk based on her new book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930. Her presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea.
Young Irish immigrant women who labored as cooks, maids and nannies in middle and upper-class American homes were stock figures of ridicule in popular American magazines such as Harper’s Weekly. Lynch-Brennan will show photographs and read personal letters the Irish Bridgets wrote to one another to give insight into their lives. The speaker will discuss their work life in American homes, their social life and the impact these women had on Irish-American life.
Lynch-Brennan is currently a Public Scholar for the New York Council for the Humanities. She was a consultant with the Lower East Side Tenement House Museum in New York City on the interpretation of Irish immigrant Bridget Meehan Moore in the museum’s Moore family tenement. She taught at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels, and is retired from the New York State Education Department.
Cost to attend is $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.