Irish in Nebraska: Rails and Rebels

Dates: April 15, 2021

Meets: Th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Location: Zoom Online

Registration Fee: $29.00

The Irish in Nebraska, Part 1: Rails and Rebels is part one of a two part examination of the history of Irish-American contributions to our state (formerly the Irish Diaspora in Nebraska). Focusing mainly on the late 19th century, this course will examine two important topics in Irish-American history, the role of the railroads in Western immigration and Irish-American support for the independence of their homeland. Along the way we will meet fascinating and influential figures in Nebraska's history, such as "General" John O'Neil, the eccentric billionaire Francis Train, Governor James Boyd and the Creighton family. We we also contextualize the Irish and Irish-American experience from the Potato Famine to the Easter Rising and attempt to illuminate how Irish exile communities in Lincoln and Omaha contributed to fight for independence.


Students will utilize the Zoom conferencing application to complete this course. Zoom meeting invitations will be sent via email at least one day prior to the class start date. Students must provide a valid email address to receive the meeting invitation to enter the Zoom virtual classroom.

To view/update your email address, visit and log on to your "Existing Account". After you log on, you will be taken to your "My Account" page. Once the page loads, click on "Profile." You can update your email address and any other information on your "Profile" page. If you make any changes to your information, make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page and click "Update Account" to save your changes.
Fee: $29.00

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