Father Alfredo Viera de Freitas’ View of America in 1939 – April 21st – UMass Dartmouth

What: A talk by historian Duarte Barcelos Mendonça entitled “Father Alfredo Vieira de Freitas’ View of America in 1939.”
Where:  Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives, UMass Dartmouth Libary
When: Thursday, April 21, 6:00 – 7:30 P.M.

~ free and open to the public – A cocktail reception will follow. ~

In 1939, just before the beginning of World War II, Father Vieira, a young
Madeiran priest, professor, journalist and poet, visited the United States
for the first time. During his two-month stay in America, Father Vieira
traveled extensively throughout the East Coast, visiting several cities and
places. Apart from the Whaling City, he visited Cape Cod, Providence,
Newport, New York City and the Niagara Falls, to name but a few of his
destinations. Upon his return to Madeira, he published a series of 71
chronicles about his trip in a local newspaper. This talk, accompanied by a
PowerPoint presentation, focuses on the main aspects of his chronicles,
which were published as an annotated anthology by Duarte Mendonça, in 2009.

Presented by The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Ferreira-Mendes
Portuguese-American Archives, the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture
and the Museum of Madeiran Heritage.

The entrance to the Ferreira-Mendes Portuguese-American Archives is located on the campus side of the Claire T. Carney Library. For access during library construction as you approach from Lot 13, enter the library basement and proceed to the first floor, exit the building, and proceed to the right to the Archives entrance.

For further information, contact Sonia Pacheco at 508-999-8684 or spacheco@umassd.edu.