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Grosse Ile: Island of Hope and Sorrow for the Irish

  • Dates: October 22, 2019
  • Time: 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Overview

    Lynda and Martin Lyden will tell the story of Grosse Ile, Canada's Ellis Island. The island is preserved as a place of memory to honor the immigrants who traveled to Canada during the 19th and early 20th centuries, in particular the Irish who died during the Great Hunger in 1847. It is believed that over 3,000 Irish died on the island and over 5,000 are currently buried in the cemetery there as many died en route. Most who died on the island were infected with typhus, which sprang up from the conditions there in 1847. Grosse Isle is the largest burial ground for refugees of the Great Hunger outside Ireland.

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