This project was completed in partial fulfillment of a Masters degree in Public History from NYU by Jennifer B. Joyce. The goal was to address the history of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral as a socially and culturally active institution in what has traditionally been a Catholic, immigrant community. The author intends this exhibit to be a living, ongoing opportunity to engage current parishioners by drawing parallels between them and their predecessors. The continued implementation and collection of personal oral and written histories is a key component of this ongoing mission.
Joyce received her Masters of Public History from New York University in January 2015. She is currently an Interpretive Programs Coordinator at the National September 11th Memorial and Museum. A member of The National Council on Public History and the American Historians Association, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from the College of William and Mary in 2011. Joyce is the author of several publications including her senior thesis, “Hanged Harpers and Incinerated Instruments: Tudor Government Policies Towards Irish Harpers in the 16th century” for which she received High Honors.