Digital Collection

May Her Soul Rest in Peace. Amen. The Irish Immigrants of Saint Patrick’s Cemetery

May 17th, 2022

St. Patrick’s Cemetery in Geneva was the primary burying ground for the community’s Roman Catholics for many years. Most of the 19th-century burials are of Irish immigrants, the first sizable group of Catholics to reside in the village. Eric Lewis and Emily Oberdorf have been researching the history of the these immigrants. This presentation looks at their efforts to find, excavate, document, and restore the stones of primarily Irish burials in the oldest part of the cemetery. They tell the stories of some of those buried in the cemetery and their connection to people living in Geneva today.