UALR history professor Moira Maguire will present “Whose Holiday is it Anyway? A History of St. Patrick’s Day” as part of the Evenings with History series at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 2, at the Historic Arkansas Museum, 200 E. 3rd Street in Little Rock.
The Irish celebration of St. Patrick’s Day has changed significantly since the 1970s. This presentation examines the transition of this Irish saint’s day from a somber occasion with church services, military-style parades, and pub-closings, to the riotous and not particularly sober event of today. Maguire will show how the Irish accommodated growing American tourism to give the Americans the type of celebration they were used to in the United States.
The Evenings with History series is sponsored by the University History Institute, which is a nonprofit organization of private citizens interested in history and supporting UALR.
An individual can subscribe to the series for $50 annually, which includes admission to all six lectures. A joint subscription to the series, at $90 annually, offers savings of $10 to couples and friends.
At $250 annually, a Fellow of the Institute receives the previous benefits, plus an invitation to special presentations for fellows exclusively, including private evenings with noted authors. The Institute also offers a life membership at $1,000 that can be paid in installments. Subscriptions and donations to the institute are tax deductible as allowed by law.
Subscribers to the series help support historical research. Presenters donate their time, and the University History Institute uses all proceeds from the series to encourage research at UALR. In recent years, annual institute grants, made possible by the Evenings with History series, have made major purchases of historical research materials for UALR.
For more information, contact the UALR History Department at 501-569-3235.