Springfield History Exhibits

The Irish Legacy: Immigration and Assimilation in the Connecticut Valley during the Industrial Revolution

June 11th, 2013 through August 25th, 2013

Springfield History Theater

Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History

The Irish Legacy: Immigration and Assimilation in the Connecticut Valley during the Industrial Revolution

The story of the Irish in the Connecticut Valley is a rich and distinct tale of trial and triumph for one of the many immigrant groups of the area. This exhibition explores the experience of the Irish community in the Connecticut Valley through various artifacts and images including books, musical instruments, religious objects, and photographs.

Visitors will get a glimpse of many traditional Irish objects of cultural and historical significance on loan from the Irish Cultural Center in Chicopee, including instruments like the bodhrán, religious objects like the St. Brigid Cross, and even a traditional Irish dance costume and shoes.

The exhibit also includes a host of photographs depicting what life was like for the Irish immigrants in the Valley, along with images of individuals and events that have shaped the Irish experience; and a video documentary interview with ninety-three year old Michael Carney, one of the last surviving Blasket Islanders, who immigrated to Springfield in the 1940s.

Presented in conjunction with the forthcoming production of The Garden of Martyrs, a new opera by Amherst-based composer Eric Sawyer,

Presented in partnership with The Republican, WGBY, the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Five Colleges, Inc., and Irish Cultural Center.

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