John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson met with U.S. Congressman John Monagan, an Irishman from Waterbury, in Washington D.C..

   Join the Mattatuck Museum for From Dublin Street to City Hall: A History of the Waterbury Irish on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 from 6:00-7:30pm.

   Phil Benevento, historian for the City of Waterbury, will present a history of the early nineteenth century Irish community in Waterbury. His talk will focus on the struggles of this emerging community to put down roots, overcome the prejudices of the time, establish and maintain their religion, and eventually, emerge as a powerful and influential force in the life of the Brass City. The talk will be illustrated with slides showing rare views associated with the Irish community in the 1800’s. Waterbury’s most prominent Irishman, our city mayor, the Honorable Neil O’Leary, will be on hand to introduce the program.

Irishman Neil O’Leary is the current mayor of Waterbury.

   Admission to this program is free for museum members and $5 for non-members. Join the museum to immediately qualify for member benefits. Please register in advance at or by calling (203) 753-0381 ext. 10.

   For more information on all of the museum’s programs, events, and exhibits visit the website at or call us at (203) 753-0381. The Mattatuck Museum is operated with support from the Department of Economic and Community Development/Connecticut Office of the Arts, and is a member of the Connecticut Art Trail, sixteen world-class museums and historic sites ( Located at 144 West Main Street, Waterbury, the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.  Convenient, free parking is located behind the museum on Park Place.