The Irish Georgian Society's Chicago Dinner, 2023

October 14, 2023 6:00 PM

The Racquet Club of Chicago, 1365 North Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610

The Irish Georgian Society requests the pleasure of your company at the Racquet Club of Chicago.

About the Talk

Dr. Alicia St. Leger will give a talk about the Royal Cork Yacht Club, the oldest such club in the world, established in Cobh, Co. Cork in 1720. Within this historical overview, Dr. St. Leger will provide background on the construction of the Yacht Club’s neoclassical clubhouse in 1854, designed by English architect Anthony Salvin.

With the Royal Cork Yacht Club now occupying another clubhouse, the 1854 structure is the home of the Sirius Arts Centre, a multi-disciplinary arts organization with an emphasis on the cultivation of national and international visual artists and programming that encourages a more direct participation in the arts by the local community.

Of note, there will be discussion on the plans underway to repair, restore, and secure this historic building for the future, and the Irish Georgian Society’s role in that mission.

About the Speaker

Dr. Alicia St. Leger is a graduate of University College Cork, Ireland (B.A. in History and Geography, M.A. in History) and the University of Saskatchewan in Canada (Ph.D in Modern History).  She works as a freelance historian based in Cork and is involved in publications, museums and exhibition projects all over Ireland.  Her publications include A History of the Royal Cork Yacht Club (2005) and a short Supplement to 'A History of the Royal Cork Yacht Club': An updated sequence for the years 1720-1833, due for publication in 2023.

6:00pm Cocktails
7:00pm Dinner

Tickets are no longer available for purchase. Thank you to all who attended. Some pictures from the evening are below.

Header Image: Robert Lowe Stopford, Panoramic View of Queenstown, 1877. Collection: Crawford Art Gallery, Cork.
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