Who we are, and what we do
Founded and incorporated in 1988, we have
more than 300 members. Through a varied program of activities, we seek
to collect, share and pass along to others the rich, 350 year history
and heritage of the Irish people of Connecticut.
WHAT WE DO:
NEWSLETTER - We publish a quarterly newsletter, The Shanachie, for
members. The Shanachie, which means "storyteller" in Irish, contains
articles about the history of Connecticut's Irish, genealogical ideas
and tips, and notices of our activities.
GENEALOGY GROUP - Our genealogy group is designed to give members who
are interested in family history opportunities to exchange ideas, to
learn from experts in the field and to make field trips. We sponsor
family history workshops focusing on such topics as using census
records, vital statistics, church records, military records, research
here and in Ireland, computer programs and Internet information.
LIBRARY-ARCHIVES - We maintain archival collections and a library of
books about Irish history, culture and genealogy at the Ethnic Heritage
Center at Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, CT. The
library contains many aids for historical and genealogical research,
such as a set of old New Haven city directories, New Haven school
records, personal interest collections and family histories that have
been donated to us by Irish people throughout Connecticut.
EDUCATION - We present programs on Irish history, culture and music for
schools, nursing homes, civic organizations, etc.,and annually place
displays about Ireland and Irish-Americans in New Haven area libraries
FESTIVALS - We participate in Irish Festivals throughout the State of
Connecticut with programs and exhibits.
ORAL HISTORY - We interview and record on tape the recollections of
senior citizens in the state's Irish community.
MICROFILM PRESERVATION - We have begun a program to microfilm the
records of some of Connecticut's earliest Irish Catholic parishes.
IRISH-AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH - We obtain Proclamations from the
Connecticut State Governor and from area mayors declaring March as
"Irish-American Heritage Month".
CEREMONIES - We collaborate with other Irish orgnizations to sponsor
the raising of the Irish Tricolor on the New Haven Green each April in
commemoration of the Easter Rebellion of 1916 in Dublin.
Each November we sponsor a wreath-laying at the monument in New Haven
to honor Connecticut's Irish regiment in the Civil War, the Ninth
Volunteers. The regiment served in the capture of New Orleans, in the
1862 campaign at Vicksburg and in the Shenandoah Valley under General
Philip Sheridan in 1864.
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