Irish immigrants contributed mightily to building the state of Vermont in the 19th century. They played an important role in Vermont's quarry works, particularly in Rutland, Fair Haven, Castleton, and Dorset. The "Bolton Railroad War" was Vermont's first significant labor strike (1846), which involved 300 Irish families. A harbinger of many battles between labor and management, the event represents the confluence of a variety of forces which have shaped U.S. history and continue to affect us today. Presented by Vincent Feeney and Peter Konkle.
The Center for Research on Vermont is an interdisciplinary network of scholars and community members who share ideas and research on Vermont. We assist scholars, government representatives, students, the media, and the public through networking information and sponsoring lectures, conferences, and publications. The Center's Seminar Series provides a forum for scholarly discourse. The Center coordinates the Vermont Studies Program, an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Arts and Sciences, in cooperation with other departments in all schools and colleges at the University of Vermont.Read More »