Treasure from an Archivist’s Family Attic

As an archivist, you see a lot of interesting photos. This one shows an altar built by a patient in a tubercular hospital during the early 1940′s. It was featured in the pages of The Tablet, the Brooklyn Diocese’s official newspaper. A few years later, I came across this same image in a family photo [Read More...]

Lecture on the 1891 New Orleans Lynching

JOHN D. CALANDRA ITALIAN AMERICAN INSTITUTEQueens College, CUNY THE PHILIP V. CANNISTRARO SEMINAR SERIES IN ITALIAN AMERICAN STUDIES Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 6 p.m.The Crescent City Lynchings: Reconstructing the 1891 New Orleans LynchingTom SmithAfter a sensational trial, eleven Italian Americans acquitted in the murder of New Orleans police chief David Hennessy were killed in the [Read More...]

“The Golden Age of Catholic Social Action”

The 1930’s saw priests, religious and laypeople vigorously working for social justice. In 1933 Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin started the Catholic Worker with its threefold program of a newspaper, soup kitchens and “Houses of hospitality.” The Catholic Worker was an unparalleled attempt by Catholics to live out a radically evangelical form of poverty in [Read More...]