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Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
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American Catholic Historical Society 
263 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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Matthew Slutz 
American Catholic Historical Society 

Annual Fall Lecture

The Fires of Philadelphia:

The Nativist Riots of 1844

In May and July 1844, nativist mobs attacked Irish neighborhoods on the outskirts of Philadelphia, destroying two Catholic churches and ransacking a third. In this talk, Dr. Zachary Schrag will tell the story of these riots, explaining their significance for Catholics and for all Americans.



About the author:

Dr. Zachary Schrag, professor of history at George  Mason University, is author of four books and  numerous articles on the history of cities, technology, and public policy.  His most recent  book, The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers,  Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a   Nation, has just been published by Pegasus Books.     


The lecture is open to members and non-members. Registration for in-person is required.  

In-person attendance is limited to the first 30 registrants, and all visitors to the ACHS house are required to wear a mask unless actively eating. Registration fees for the lecture are as follows, members $20 and non-members $30.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

5:00 PM | Social Hour

6:00 PM | Dinner 

7:00 PM | Lecture with Dr. Zachary Schrag


American Catholic Historical Society
263 South Fourth Street | Philadelphia, PA 19106

263 South Fourth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Organized in 1884
'The Oldest Catholic Historical Society in the United States'
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