Meet William E. Watson, PhD

President/Original Founding Member/Board Member

About Bill

Bill is a Professor of History at Immaculata University in Malvern, Pennsylvania. He received his PhD. in Medieval History from the University of Pennsylvania. He is the founding member and director of the Duffy's Cut Project. He was a Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council 2006-2007, and was also the recipient of the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award at Immaculata University for the year 2006-2007. Bill has coauthored four monographs, including Irish-America: A History of Its People and Culture. He coedited and individually coauthored 30% of Irish-Americans: The History of Culture of a People. Bill has also authored numerous peer-reviewed articles related to Duffy's Cut, the railroad and industrial history, and the history of cholera. He has spent the last 10 years directing the archeological dig at Duffy's Cut.

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As an avid historian I was always interested by the history of the past and of my own heritage. While studying the official railroad file of the tragedy of Duffy's Cut, I came upon documents in my grandfather's artifacts that started this entire investigation into what really happened at Duffy's Cut. There is a wonderful article written by Lois Puglionesi for the Times Herald back in 2003 that tells the story in more detail. I think you may enjoy reading it. Check it out.

I have also been piping professionally for over 30 years and have preformed for well known celebrities such as Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Former President Jimmy Carter, Bono, Quincy Jones and Archbishop Desmond Tutu to name a few. For more about my piping career and please feel free to contact me if you would like a performance of your own as well. Check out my Website here for more details.