The Fires of Philadelphia: The Nativist Riots of 1844

Fires of Philadelphia

Event details

  • Tuesday | October 19, 2021
  • 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In May and July 1844, nativist mobs attacked Irish neighborhoods on the outskirts of Philadelphia, destroying two Catholic churches and ransacking a third. In this talk, Dr. Zachary Schrag will tell the story of these riots, explaining their significance for Catholics and for all Americans.

About Dr. Zachary Schrag

Dr. Zachary Schrag, professor of history at George Mason University, is author of four books and numerous articles on the history of cities, technology, and public policy. His most recent book, The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation, has just been published by Pegasus Books

The annual fall lecture welcomes members and non-members, with the option for either in-person or online attendance. Please review the following guidelines and register via the appropriate link.

• In-person attendance is limited to 30 persons to avoid crowding.
• Guests are required to wear masks while inside in the Society house unless actively eating (as per City of Philadelphia guidelines).


• Dinner and Lecture:  $20 members / $30 non-members
• Lecture only via Zoom:  Free for members / $10 for non-members

Please Select Your Registration Option

Register for In-person

• In-person registration will close once 30 people have registered for the event.
• If you cannot make the event, please notify us by emailing so that we can welcome another individual.

Register for Online (Zoom)

• The event will be live streamed on Zoom as a webinar.
• There is a fee for non-members, which is $10. Members are free.
• Registrants will be provided with a link at registration and reminded the day before and day of the lecture.