Archive for June 4th, 2020

The Founding Father of the National Parks

The story of Thomas Moran, the Irish American artist whose
canvases helped create the world’s first National Park

By Geoffrey Cobb Each year, 3.5 million visitors flock to Yellowstone National Park, the world’s first national park. Although Yellowstone is world famous, the story of Thomas Moran, the Irish American landscape painter, whom some call ” the Founding Father of the National Parks,” is not. When Dublin-born Thomas Moran Sr. arrived in Philadelphia  withRead more..

The Slave who Became the Singing Sensation ‘The Black Swan’

By Christine Kinealy Historian Christine Kinealy is documenting black abolitionists who visited Ireland, including singer Paul Robeson, abolitionist Frederick Douglas, and this week, Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield. Born into slavery, Elizabeth became known in her life-time as the Black Swan who broke down barriers where ever she sang, and who, like Robeson and Douglas, had a specialRead more..