Duffy's Cut

coming Events and Talks

Nearby is the mass grave of fifty-seven Irish immigrant workers who died in August, 1832, of cholera. They had recently arrived in the United States and were employed by a construction contractor, named Duffy, for the Philadelphia and Columbia Railroad. Prejudice against Irish Catholics contributed to the denial of care to the workers. Their illness and death typified the hazards faced by many 19th century immigrant industrial workers. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission © 2004

Up Coming Events


  • October 21, 2017 - "The Cut: The Journey of the Men and Women of Duffy's Cut" - The Primos Library Branch of Upper Darby will present the film at 3:30pm produced by Joe Magee, Roger Bruce and Art Swanlund of Irish American Films and directed by Shawn Swords with William Watson, professor of history at Immaculata University, Director of the Duffy's Cut Project, serving as historical consultant on the film.
    See the official trailer here, or purchase your own copy from Irish American Films here.

  • September 10, 2017 - Raising of the new Duffy's Cut Sign. The sign is visible from Septa and Amtrak trains going East and West on the R5 Route to and from Thorndale. Watch the video by Roger C. Bruce and Shawn Swords of Irish American Films.


The Summer Institute 2016 was a great success-Check out the photos on our Flickr page.

Duffy's Cut: Investigating Immigration, Industrialization, and Illness in 19th Century America: "A Perfect Storm"

Three Week Academic Immersion Experience July 11 - July 29, 2016

For educators currently teaching grades 6-12

for more information and to view the portfolio and Lesson Plans