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John Henderson stands in front of the Lewiston City Hall. The cornerstone was laid in 1890 by D.J. McGillicuddy, the city's first mayor of Irish descent.

LEWISTON - Local historian and author John Henderson will visit Museum L-A from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, to discuss "The Irish Parishes: St. Joseph's and St. Patrick's." This free presentation will cover the history, art, and architecture of these parishes.

Henderson will not only cover the churches themselves, but also the other buildings associated with each parish - the schools, rectories, and convents. "Along the way," he notes, "We will meet some of the prominent priests, and see how the parishes developed."

This is the third of five related programs Henderson is presenting on the Androscoggin Irish at various venues in Lewiston-Auburn. Copies of Henderson's new book, "Androscoggin Irish," will be available for signing and purchase.