Nov. 8 Irish Toast for Friar Matthew Smith & The Catholic Register | Klan Foe and Newspaper Pioneer
Arrive at 6:30 for socializing. At 7 pm we will have brief remarks on the life of Father Smith, followed by a toast to his memory and to the 90th anniversary of the National Catholic Register. The priest is commemorated in the Denver Press Club basement--in the poker room's mural!
Father Smith was born to Irish immigrants in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He came into his prime in the 1920s, a time when the Ku Klux Klan was on the rise in Colorado. Its tactics included promoting fake news--and fake nuns!
Smith's reporting and editorials helped take down the Klan--but not before they prompted boycott threats and blackmail attempts.
The politically dominant Klan intimidated immigrant and black communities, inspired violence, and aspired to ban Catholic education--and even sacramental wine.
On Nov. 8, 1927 Fr. Smith launched the national edition of the Denver Catholic Register, which still continues 90 years later as the
National Catholic Register.
No food service available. No Outside Food or Drink. Cash bar.
Contact: Kevin Jones / firstname.lastname@example.org / 303-981-7436
Event sponsored by the Ancient Order of Hibernians - Fr. Joseph Carrigan Division, Colorado, part of an Irish Catholic brotherhood that dates back to 1836 in America, with deeper roots in Ireland.