This St. Patrick's Day we offer a most unique example of ephemera from the archives.
It is an event programme for the St. Patrick's Day Fifteenth Annual Musical Soiree, 1871.
Though the location of the venue is not explicitly mentioned, addresses given by Alderman Hearn, M.P.P for Quebec, and Revd. J. S. Lonergan of Montreal suggest somewhere in la belle province, specifically Quebec City (see Comments below for that deduction).
The gold metallic text is printed on a piece of kelly green raw-edged silk. That pairing, combined with the minuscule font, which has bled through the fabric, results in one of the most unusual and illegible pieces of textual material we have.
The item is part of Archbishop John Lynch's fonds.
|Archbishop Lynch fonds, L AE 20.01
Saint Patrick's Day, 1871,
Fifteenth Annual Musical Soiree
Under the auspices of the
St. Patrick's C. and L. Institute,
Friday Evening, March 17th.