'Irish of FDL' history programs March 17

The exodus of famine-fleeing Irish in the mid-1800s brought a surge of Irish people to the Midwest and, eventually, central Wisconsin. Local historian Tracy Reinhardt (whose father's family traces its roots to Inishcarra, County Cork) will present The Irish of Fond du Lac, at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, at the Fond du Lac Public Library.

Reinhardt (or, for this presentation, O’Reinhardt) will talk about how the Irish migration was felt in this area with a focus on the struggles of several local Irish families as well as a glimpse into Irish culture and its impacts. This blend of local Irish history with folklore, traditions and bit of the blarney will makes for a lively History at Home presentation.

Reinhardt was born and raised in Fond du Lac County and has been collecting stories of family and early Fond du Lac history for over 40 years. She is library director/archivist for the Fond du Lac County Historical Society.

The library’s monthly History at Home series focuses on stories of local and state history on the third Thursday of the month. To ease congestion and overcrowding, History at Home programs are offered twice, at 2 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Upcoming programs include:

  • April 21: History of the Oakfield Brickyards
  • May 19: Lakeside Park Through Langdon's Eyes
  • June 16: Bootlegging and Moonshining in the Holyland
  • July 21: Prelude to War
  • August 18: Murder and Mayhem in 1800s Fond du Lac County
  • September 15: The Boys of Company E


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