15 August 2012

First US Museum about Ireland's Great Famine Opens Next Month



A treat for those of you wishing to know more about their Irish Famine ancestors, next month Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will open at Quinnipiac University in CT.

... [it] is home to the world’s largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the starvation and forced emigration that occurred throughout Ireland from 1845 to 1850. Works by noted contemporary Irish artists are featured, as well as a number of important 19th and 20th-century paintings. Begun in 1997, this dynamic collection continues to grow.

The museum offers a unique opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to explore the largely unrepresented, unspoken and unresolved causes and consequences of this tragedy, as well as to appreciate the art that it continues to inspire.

And, there is more than “art.”  The museum also has a collection of British Parliamentary Papers (1801-1893) and Killarney Workhouse Minutes (1845-1848) which are or are coming online.




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