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Irish Mission at Watson House Exhibit

Introduction to the Exhibit

James Watson House, New York City 1936The Irish Mission at Watson House is an exhibit curated by historian Maureen Murphy, Ph.D. and on display at St. Catherine University Library from January 29th - April 29th, 2018.

Irish imigration of the late-1800s to mid-1900s stands out in that a majority of the immigrants were women. Many of the more than 100,000 women immigrants that the Mission at Watson House helped were escorted directly from Ellis Island to the Irish Mission for Immigrant Girls in New York City. Visit the exhibit's official website for more about the history and fully searchable records of the Irish Mission at Watson House 1883-1954:

Pictured: James Watson House, 7 State Street, NYC, 1936

Events on Campus

Irish Girls Immigrant Experience

Monday, February 12, 2018
7:30 - 9:30 PM
Coeur de Catherine, Rauenhorst Ballroom

Maureen Murphy, Ph.D., professor emerita of Irish Studies at Hofstra University and curator of the Irish Mission at Watson House exhibit, will share her research and tell stories of the Irish immigrants.

Admission to the lecture and the exhibit are free; no tickets required.


We the People: Immigration Then & Now

Thursday, March 1, 2018
12 - 1:30 PM
Library, Room 128 

What connections are there between immigrants a century ago and today? Join us for a roundtable discussion to explore the historical aspects of U.S. immigration, race and immigration in the United States today, and living the immigrant experience.

We encourage you to bring a picture, object or story about you or your family’s immigrant experience to share.


  • Faiza Abubakar, English major
  • Jane Carroll, History and Women's Studies faculty
  • Elizabeth Juarez Diaz, Chemistry major
  • Margret McCue-Enser, Communication Studies faculty
  • Anh-Hoa Nguyen, Poet and Core lecturer
  • Daniel Williams, Sociology and Critical Studies of Race and Ethnicity faculty

Sponsored by Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women & Libraries, Media Services, and Archives

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