Dr. William Watson Helps Coordinate Fundraiser for Duffy’s Cut
A concert fundraiser for the Duffy’s Cut project is scheduled for Sunday, June 15, from 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. at Twentieth Century Club in Lansdowne, PA. Immaculata University Professor of History William Watson, Ph.D., along with other members of the Duffy’s Cut team and Siobhan Lyons of the Irish Immigration Center, are hosting the fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will help continue the funding of the archaeological dig at Duffy’s Cut.
The event features music, food, and raffle prizes with the following musical line up: John Byrne, Donnie Carrol, Gabriele Donohue, Tommy Keane, Marian Makins, Mary Malone, Rosaleen McGill, Gerry Timlin, and Den Vykopal. Tickets are $25 and children under 12 are free. To order tickets online, visit https://squareup.com/market/duffys-cut-project.
The Duffy’s Cut project is an ongoing archival and archaeological search into the lives and deaths of 57 Irish immigrants who come to America in June, 1832 to work for Philip Duffy on the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. Within six weeks, all were dead of cholera and possibly violence, and were buried anonymously in a ditch outside of Malvern known today as “Duffy’s Cut.” The first bones were discovered in 2009. So far, nine bodies have been uncovered and reburied in a proper grave. This summer the Duffy’s Cut team will begin digging at a new site close to where the first bodies were found, hoping to discover what happened to the remaining 48 victims.
The Duffy’s Cut site is near the campus of Immaculata University where the Duffy’s Cut Museum is located.
Immaculata University is a Catholic, comprehensive, coeducational institution of higher education, located on the Main Line between Malvern and Exton, 20 miles west of Philadelphia.
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