Anne Flaherty, a descendant of John Kehoe, has spent almost two decades researching and documenting Pennsylvania's Molly Maguire” conflict from the 1870s. In 2017, Ms. Flaherty formed the Kehoe Foundation as a 501c3 research foundation. The foundation welcomes contributions to help further its educational outreach and achieve its goal of establishing a museum. an.flaherty@gmail.com

Publications and Presentations

“Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: Fact vs. Fiction.” Paper presented at the Anthracite Heritage Museum “Episodes in Anthracite Labor History” program, Scranton, PA, September 12, 2019.

“Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: You Sons of Liberty Awake.” Paper presented at the international meeting, American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS), Boston, MA, March 21, 2109.

 “Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: Fact vs. Fiction.” Paper presented during King’s College “Anthracite Heritage Month” program, Wilkes-Barre, PA, January 12, 2019.

“Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: Did a Nativist Environment Hang Innocent Irishmen?” Paper presented at the ACIS international meeting, University College Cork, Ireland, June 20, 2018.

“Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: Fact vs. Fiction.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of ACIS-West, Spokane, WA, October 21, 2017.

“Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: Prosecution or Witch Hunt?” Three-lecture series offered through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), American University, Washington, DC, February 3-5, 2014.

“Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: Prosecution or Witch Hunt?” Three-lecture series, OLLI at Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, September 16-20, 2013.

“Pennsylvania’s ‘Molly Maguires’: Prosecution or Witch Hunt?” Five-lecture series, OLLI at University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA, April 29 – May 3, 2013.

“Waking the Dead: The Myth of the ‘Molly Maguires.’” Presentation at Irish College 2010, Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT, November 20, 2010.

“They Called Them ‘Molly Maguires,’” Irish Echo, March 19, 2015.

Community Presentations

Pennsylvania’s “Molly Maguires,” Irish Railroad Workers Museum, Baltimore, MD, June 14, 2014.

Remarks, AOH Division 25 “Day of the Rope Dinner,” Philadelphia, PA, May 16, 2014.

Research Experience

Albert S. Cook Library, Towson University, Towson, MD

Andruss Library, Bloomsburg University, Bloomsburg, PA 

The Balch Institute, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Bloomsburg Public Library, Bloomsburg, PA

Boston Public Library

Dimmick Memorial Library, Jim Thorpe, PA

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Baltimore, MD

Falvey Memorial Library, Villanova University, Villanova, PA

Hagley Museum and Library, Wilmington, DE

Hanover Public Library Special Collections, Hanover, PA

Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Library of Congress “Chronicling America” online collection

Loyola Notre Dame Library, College of Notre Dame, Baltimore, MD

Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Mullen Library, Catholic University, Washington, DC

Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission State Archives, Harrisburg, PA

Pennsylvania State University Special Collections Library, State College, PA

Reading Anthracite Company Collection, Pottsville, PA

Schuylkill County Historical Society, Pottsville, PA

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Wynnewood, PA

State Library of Pennsylvania Law Library, Harrisburg, PA

State Library of Pennsylvania Library, Harrisburg, PA

Viewed through private collection: Report of the Case of the Commonwealth vs. John Kehoe et al.

Viewed through interlibrary loan: Microfilm, Anthracite Monitor (Tamaqua, PA)


Award from Joseph Wayne’s Hibernian House, Girardville, PA, 2016.

Award from the Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Labor Relations, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, 2005.

Award from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, national division, 2005.