NORTH HAVEN – Sarah Lohman, an author, blogger, food historian and museum educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, will present the lecture, “In the Irish Tenement Kitchen,” on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. in the auditorium in the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Quinnipiac University, 370 Bassett Road.
The lecture, which is among the events being held to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac, is free and open to the public, but registration is required at ighm.org.
During her lecture, Lohman will discuss what domestic life was like for immigrant families who lived in the tenement buildings of Lower East Side of Manhattan. Tenements emerged in New York City in the 19th century and play an important role in the history of the 19th century Irish immigrant experience.
For a week in 2009, Lohman ate like a tenement dweller by following the 1877 pamphlet titled “Fifteen Cent Dinner.” She also lived as a 19th-century Irish maid for a day.
Lohman also will sign her book, “Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine,” which explores the unique culinary history of America and how immigrant groups shaped the way Americans eat today. Copies of the book will be available for sale.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to theIrish Famine. The museum preserves, builds and presents its art collection to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland’s Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic.
Works by noted contemporary Irish artists are featured at the museum including internationally known sculptors John Behan, Rowan Gillespie and Éamonn O’Doherty; as well as contemporary visual artists, Robert Ballagh, Alanna O’Kelly, Brian Maguire and Hughie O’Donoghue. Featured paintings include several important 19th and 20th‐century works by artists such as James Brenan, Daniel Macdonald, James Arthur O’Connor and Jack B. Yeats.
The museum is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Museum admission is free.