Timothy Walch @Prairie Lights

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Timothy Walch @Prairie Lights

August 11, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Iowa City historians Timothy Walch and Ken Donnelly will talk about local history and Walch’s new book, Irish Iowa. Iowa offered freedom and prosperity to the Irish fleeing famine and poverty. They became the second-largest immigrant group to come to the state, and they acquired influence well beyond their numbers. Author Timothy Walch details these stories and more on the history and influence of the Irish in the Heartland.

Walch is the director emeritus of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and the author of two dozen books on a broad range of historical topics. He is a frequent commentator on Iowa Public Radio and Minnesota Public Radio.

Walch will discuss his book and offer a pictorial perspective on the Irish in Iowa. He will be joined by historian Ken Donnelly who will share stories about his extended family on the farmstead in Benton County and the tavern established by his father in 1934.


August 11, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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