The National Famine Museum of Ireland wants to hear your family’s story of emigration to America
The Great Famine Voices Roadshow is coming to the Irish Cultural Center of the Mohawk Valley on Wednesday March 30th, from 4-7 PM. Come and share your family memories and ancestral stories about coming from Ireland to Utica, New York, and the United States.
According to the US Census Bureau, 10% of Americans claim Irish ancestry. Here in Oneida Co. that estimate ranges between 10% and 15%, while in neighboring Herkimer Co. it ranges between 15% and 20%. Whether your family members are recent emigres from Ireland or have been here from Ireland for several generations, you will likely have a story to tell.
The purpose of the Roadshow is to bring together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of migration from Ireland to Utica, New York, and the United States; especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards. They will be gathered for inclusion in the Great Famine Voices online archive: http://greatfaminevoices.ie/
Our presenter is Dr. Jason King, the Academic Coordinator of the Irish Heritage Trust which operates the National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park, in Country Roscommon, Ireland.
The Great Famine Voices Roadshow is hosted by the National Famine Museum, Strokestown Park and the Irish Heritage Trust. It is funded by the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Programme.
This event, which will take place in the Irish Cultural Center’s H.A.R.P. Museum (623 Columbia St., Utica, NY), is free to the public, but interested attendees are asked to register through Eventbrite to ensure a seat.