Luncheon lecture in Norwalk: History of Irish servants in Connecticut

By Phyllis Boros 

Above, William Henry Burr’s, “The Intelligence Office,” 1849. Courtesy New York Historical Society (‘Intelligence Office’ was then the term for an employment office.)

On Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, author and historian Neil Hogan will give a talk on “Irish Women and Domestic Servitude in Connecticut.”
His talk will explore the history of Irish women as domestic servants in Connecticut, and the wealthy families they served, from the 1650s to the 20th century. A luncheon will follow.
“All women get precious little credit for their lives and accomplishments. That applies as much and perhaps more so to female Irish immigrants who during more than three centuries of our state’s history made their way and built new lives for themselves and their families while working as domestic servants,” said Hogan, adding that more than most other immigrants, Irish women came on their own and not as wives, sisters or daughters. They came as a result of the poverty and lack of opportunity in Ireland, he said.

Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum, 295 West Ave., Norwalk. The lecture is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers. The reservations deadline is Nov. 13. Price includes lecture, lunch and a first-floor mansion tour. 203-838-9799, ext. 4.