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**POSTPONED** Vermont and the Fenian Invasions
Franklin Town Hall
In the five years following the Civil War, Irishmen twice invaded Canada from Vermont. They were members of a secret society known as the Fenians. The general history of the Fenians is well known, but Vermont historian Vince Feeney has researched the little-known part played by Green Mountain residents in the invasions. In this presentation, Feeney describes the leaders of the local movement, discusses the attitude of Vermonters and of the Catholic church towards the rebels, and shows how their militant activities split the Vermont Irish community.