Since the founding of the U.S., millions of Irish citizens emigrated to America and stayed to raise families who became generations. Heck, almost everybody has a little Irish in them somewhere these days. Just look at the popularity of the annual Irish 2000 Music & Arts Fest every year.
But I digress, what I really meant to tell you about was this:
Centuries after the Irish moved their families the America, the Irish-American Heritage Museum, dedicated to remembering the history of these American citizens of Irish descent, is moving as well.
After 25 years as a summertime attraction in the Catskills, the museum is making a long-anticipated move into downtown Albany.
The new address will be 370 Broadway, which previously housed to Meginniss Electrical Supply Company.
The heritage museum has several popular traveling exhibits, such as a display on Ireland’s Great Potato Famine and a photographic project titled “Dublin: Then and Now.”
It is a repository for the records and archives of the Ancient Order of the Hibernians, and keeps a strong relationship with Irish government through the Consul General in New York City. It is the only museum of its kind in the U.S.
In its new location, the museum plans to have year-round exhibits and to focus on programs for school groups.
For more information, contact 518-432-6598.
What do you think of having an Irish-American Heritage Museum downtown? What would you like to learn about (perhaps your own) Irish-American heritage? Let us know!