Janet Maher: From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley

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Janet Maher: From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley

Open Fri Mar 1 from 5:30-7:30pm

On view Mar 1 – Mar 23, 2013 Gallery hours: 11am-7pm, Tue-Sat

Local artist Janet Maher displays photographic imagery from her published book project, From the Old Sod to the Naugatuck Valley: Early Irish Catholics in New Haven County, Connecticut. Maher's work explains the history of Ireland through the perspective of religion. She discusses the reasons for centuries of discord in Ireland that led to an exodus by millions of Irish Catholics from their native land, and the challenges that the early settlers weathered in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century New England. Her six years of work serves as a model for genealogical research and provides an important foundation for those interested in tracing their Irish family history.

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