Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Professor Molloy inducted into the R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame

On May 2, 2009, Professor Scott Molloy was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet.  The Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame was founded in March 1965 to honor the contributions of those whose efforts, in any line of endeavor, have added significantly to the heritage of the State of Rhode Island.
In addition to Scott, there were 8 other inductees.  All together they were quite an impressive group.  Of course, Scott made by far the most impassioned acceptance speech.

His nomination citied many of Scott's accomplishments including his many scholarly contributions including his books, Trolley Wars: Streetcar workers on the Line and Irish Titan, Irish Toilers: Joseph Banigan and Nineteenth-Century New England Labor; his donation of over 10,000 items of labor memorabilia to the Smithsonian Institute; his role as founding president of the R.I. Labor History Society in 1999; his award for URI Teacher of the Year in 1996; the Carnegie Foundation's Professor of the Year in 2005; and his role in building the Irish Famine Memorial. The final paragraph of his citation reads,

"Truly it can be said of Scott Molloy that is trip from bus driver and union official to labor history professor (from the front of the buss to the front of the class) has been a joyous and productive excursion for him and for all who value the rights of labor and those who cherish their Irish heritage."

This was a great opportunity for Scott to shine, as he was joined by many SLRC faculty members, alumni and current students.

This is quite a big honor- Congratulations Scott

Chick here for more information on the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame

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