The Irish American Heritage Museum will host “Behind the Butler’s Pantry – Olana and the Lives of Irish Servants in the Hudson Valley,” a virtual conversation about the lives of Irish immigrants and their families who worked as servants at Frederic Church’s Olana on November 18th. [Read more…] about Butler’s Pantry: Irish Servants in the Hudson Valley
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During the Great Hunger in Ireland, also known as the Irish Potato Famine, the majority of deaths were attributed to epidemic diseases such as typhus fever and dysentery.
During and following the Great Hunger, there was a widespread fear of “Irish fever” and of refugees and immigrants carrying disease to America and elsewhere. [Read more…] about Irish Immigrants As Disease Carriers (Virtual Talk)
Martin Van Buren’s relationship with the Irish community in New York was rather incidental, developing in parallel to the rise of his career.
The root of what became a favorable association between the two seems to be an inadvertent outcome grounded in political events that shook Ireland and America beginning in 1798 and continued throughout Van Buren’s career/life. [Read more…] about Martin Van Buren and New York’s Irish Community
The Irish American Heritage Museum has announced “Irish Involvement in American Labor,” a program with Terry Golway, PhD, set for Friday, May 7th. [Read more…] about Irish Involvement in American Labor (Virtual Talk)
The Irish American Heritage Museum has announced The Military Aspects of the 1916 Rising, a virtual program set for Monday, April 26th. [Read more…] about Military Aspects of the Easter Rising (A Virtual Talk)
Ever after known as the Easter Rising, an armed insurrection aimed at establishing independent Irish rule took place during Easter Week, April 24-29, 1916. Led by the Military Council of the Irish Republican Brotherhood, members of the Irish Volunteers and the Irish Citizen Army (mistakenly referred to in the US press as “Sinn Feiners”), the rebels occupied numerous locations in Dublin and proclaimed the establishment of the Irish Republic. British soldiers soon massed to quell the rebellion and by the end of the week, over 400 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured, the majority civilians.
Irish American involvement in the Rising was critical – in fact, without John Devoy’s influence, the Rising might never have happened. [Read more…] about 1916 Rising: The Irish Revolution in America
The 1916 Easter Rising was launched by Irish republicans against British rule in Ireland with the aim of establishing an independent Irish Republic while the United Kingdom was busy fighting the First World War.
Irish Americans’ role in the 1916 Easter Rising was much more than just financial. One important facet was that many of the leaders of the rebellion had traveled extensively or lived in the United States, and some were even American citizens. [Read more…] about American Support for the 1916 Easter Rising (Virtual Program)
The Irish American Heritage Museum is hosting “Having No Use for Men at All: The Political & Private Lives of Irish Revolutionary Female Couples,” a virtual presentation with Mary McAuliffe, PhD set for Monday, March 29th. [Read more…] about Political & Private Lives of Irish Revolutionary Female Couples
The Irish American Heritage Museum is hosting “Capital District Irish in the US Civil War,” a virtual lecture with Damian Shiels set for Monday, March 22nd. [Read more…] about Capital District Irish in the Civil War (Virtual Lecture)
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Tara McCarthy PhD’s book Respectability and Reform: Irish American Women’s Activism, 1880-1920 ( Syracuse University Press, 2018) explores the contributions of a small group of Irish American women in the Gilded Age and Progressive Era who emerged as leaders, organizers, and activists. [Read more…] about Respectability and Reform: Irish American Women’s Activism